Originally Posted by Medico
There is nothing in this post to suggest the officer was going too fast. Even going relatively slowly, a large puddle can throw any vehicle into an uncontrolled situation.!
The crash makes it pretty clear he was traveling too fast for road conditions......
But, it was an accident, and all accidents have a root cause in mistakes, and/or carelessness....
It really is that simple....
Do they fire him for it, of course not, it was an accident, and hopefully he will learn from it. Nobody is perfect, and these things happen.
The problem starts when they lie about it, or try to frame the victim, in order to make sure they stay out of trouble, which does happen.
A girl friends dad got hit by a cop in an intersection, and the cops tried to frame him for it, but fortunately, some guy was watering his lawn, witnessed it, and said the cop turned on his lights, and siren after the accident, in order to make it seem like the poor victim disregarded the officers right of way.
Not the only case, you find hundreds of examples on the net, of such activity by bad cops.
I can't even count the number of officers I saw fired over 20 years, not for the mistake they made, but for what they did in the aftermath, in order to cover up some minor error. The original issue probably would not have even got them in any trouble at all, but their cover up got them fired.
When called by internal affairs, I always said, yep, I did it, and explained what I did, and why, and then went on about my business, never got in any trouble for it.....
Other guys who did similar stuff got fired, for lying, and falsifying paperwork..
As I said, Law Enforcement makes people not trust them, or like them....
If Law Enforcement wants respect from the public, then they/we, need to police ourselves better, and eliminate the scumbags in our midst, and treat the general public with respect, and honesty.