I grew up in a law enforcement family. I have had many friends who were police officers. In my career publishing small town newspapers, the local police agencies in the communities where I owned publications considered me a friend, and knew I could be trusted to use discretion when needed, unlike some of my competitors, who had an ax to grind and were always looking for anything they could find to make the police look bad.
That being said, I’ve been around the block enough times to know that while most police officers are fine people and dedicated public servants, there are also some real jerks out there, who have no business being entrusted with the kind of responsibility a cop has.
A good example is this video, which I will warn you ahead of time, has some very graphic language in it.
In the video, Daniel Harless, a Canton, Ohio police officer repeatedly threatens to smash the face of a man who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, going to far as to say he "should have pulled my Glock 40 and just put 10 bullets in your ass and let you drop. And I wouldn’t have lost any sleep.”
The man, William E. Bartlett, was charged with a traffic violation and with not notifying the officer of his concealed weapon, though the police car’s dash camera shows him holding out his concealed weapons permit and informing the officer that he has a gun, and the cop repeatedly shouting him down.
The video shows that the two officers involved made a series of grave procedural errors, and they are damned lucky the armed citizen was not a criminal, or both might have been killed.
Bartlett and a friend were stopped in an area known for prostitution, and were talking to a female who may or may not have been a hooker. We’re they trying to buy sex? I have no idea. But even if they were, that’s not a felony. Regardless, nobody deserves to be treated this way during a routine stop.
Bartlett’s attorney said the city prosecutor has offered to drop the charges against him if he agrees not to sue the city
Officer Harless has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation. I hope he loses his job, because in my opinion, he’s nothing but a bully with a badge. Worse yet, a dangerous bully. If this idiot is allowed to continue on the job, I’d give you very good odds that sooner or later, he’ll be involved in a shooting. He has no business carrying a gun. What do you think?
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