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Sat Mar 23, 2013, 09:08 PM

Police officer in YouTube video placed on paid leave



Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is now on paid administrative leave, after being recorded during a traffic stop.

The YouTube video, which has gotten thousands of views, shows the officer react angrily after rear-ending a motorcycle. It happened near Harmon Avenue and Koval Lane.

The officer will be on paid administrative leave until LVMPD completes an internal investigation.

The motorcyclist, John Paul Rosario, had a video camera attached to his helmet.

Rosario was never issued a ticket by the officer and is glad the police department has taken action. But, he thinks paid administrative leave is pretty generous for what he describes as "uncalled for aggression by an officer."

http://www.ktnv.com/news/local/196252011.html

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Reply Police officer in YouTube video placed on paid leave (Original post)
MrScorpio Mar 2013 OP
ZombieHorde Mar 2013 #1
Liberal_in_LA Mar 2013 #2
MrScorpio Mar 2013 #4
Liberal_in_LA Mar 2013 #6
RedCappedBandit Mar 2013 #7
Ruby the Liberal Mar 2013 #3
RedCappedBandit Mar 2013 #8
Ruby the Liberal Mar 2013 #12
RedCappedBandit Mar 2013 #19
CreekDog Mar 2013 #16
Renew Deal Mar 2013 #5
Ruby the Liberal Mar 2013 #11
Logical Mar 2013 #14
Ruby the Liberal Mar 2013 #15
CreekDog Mar 2013 #17
Kingofalldems Mar 2013 #9
CreekDog Mar 2013 #18
Spitfire of ATJ Mar 2013 #10
dballance Mar 2013 #13
R. Daneel Olivaw Mar 2013 #20
Purplehazed Mar 2013 #21

Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 09:12 PM

1. That was a strange interaction. nt

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Response to ZombieHorde (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 09:16 PM

2. power crazy asshole

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Response to ZombieHorde (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 09:19 PM

4. That cop knew that he was in the wrong

The motorcycle driver could have very well reported that the officer was responsible for the rear end collision, which wouldn't have gone well for that officer.

So the cop bluffed his way into making it as if it was the motorcycle rider's fault.

The cop used a lot of intimidation right off the bat in order "take control" of the situation. That's what they do, intimidate people.

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 09:27 PM

6. yep. thank goodness the victim had a camera

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 09:32 PM

7. Exactly.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 09:18 PM

3. Dude was weaving between lanes of cars

No quarter.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 09:35 PM

8. He made one lane change. Hardly 'weaving'.

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Response to RedCappedBandit (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 10:16 PM

12. I'll put you down for the

"we never leave accidents in our wake" cycle crowd.

And on edit - it wasn't a "lane change", it was an "I am going to floor it between lanes, no matter how those driving cars may be startled/unnerved by it, because I ride a bike and can be an asshole like that - just because" move.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #12)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 10:51 PM

19. What video did you watch?

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 10:40 PM

16. he was lane splitting well before the accident, but that's immaterial to this issue

he was hit well after the lane splitting too place.

lane splitting is legal in many jurisdictions, Nevada, I believe is included, California is as well, if done safely.

finally, the cop needed to leave himself adequate room to stop prior to traffic in front of him, be it a truck, bike or smaller car.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 09:26 PM

5. On the scale of abusive behavior by the cops, that's pretty low.

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 09:46 PM

11. +1

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #11)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 10:32 PM

14. LOL, let me guess, you are a cop? n-t

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #15)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 10:41 PM

17. i didn't assume you were a cop or anything

I just know that you were wrong.

since when does an action minutes before make it justified for a cop to hit your car from behind when they aren't in pursuit of you?

that's ridiculous.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 09:37 PM

9. It wasn't that bad at all.

The cop shook hands with him.

Is braking against the law though? Sounded like bluster.

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 10:42 PM

18. of course braking isn't against the law and the motorist behind a vehicle needs to leave space

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 09:46 PM

10. Thugs under color of authority.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 10:28 PM

13. COP Was a TOTAL Jerk

Unless it has changed since I learned to drive we were taught anytime you rear-ended another vehicle it's your fault. Not the vehicle in front of you. Obviously the COP knew he couldn't stop as quickly as a motorcycle since he cursed that fact out to the motorcyclist. So the proper thing to do is put more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. The COP is damned lucky he didn't injure the cyclist.

What exactly did he do that was illegal? He hit his brakes to allow another motorist who was signaling to change lanes. I don't recall that being something in the driver's manual that is prohibited. So what if the car was "way up there?" Motorcyclists (and I'm not one) have to be far more defensive drivers than car drivers. It makes sense to give the car more room.

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Response to dballance (Reply #13)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 11:58 PM

20. The car wasn't that "way up there".


You are supposed to leave room in between yourself and the motorist in front of you. The Motorcyclist did and the cop didn't.

Riding somebody's tail is how rear enders occur.

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Response to dballance (Reply #13)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 12:00 AM

21. If the cop had injured the biker.....

he would probably written that crap load of tickets try to cover his a**. Basic drivers ed teaches you not to follow motorcycles too closely because they do stop faster.

The bullying factor enrages me however. Basically, the cop is wrong and he's threatening victim. That's abuse of power.

As far as the biker goes, he never "gunned it". The speeds don't look like they get much above 35. He didn't split lane either. He changed lanes just as the person on the right shifted further to the right. He was driving very defensively ultimately yielding to the car moving into his lane. He shutoff of his bike and was way more civil to the cop than the cop was to him.

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