Or is it another example of people being stupid?
For one minute I would like for all non-law enforcement people to try, just try, and put your self into their shoes. You have pulled over a person for what ever reason, maybe it’s a bad guy you know about or just some poor bastard late for church. But you have to be on high alert incase it is a bad guy. You always have to be on high alert. For 10 hrs a shift you have to be completely aware of all that is going on around you and then put yourself into the middle of the fight.
Now that you have imagined for just one minute what it must be like to be a cop, put yourself into the police officer's, mentioned below, shoes. You have a guy pulled over and another person comes running out asking questions. Maybe the pastor is wearing a collar or a robe that identifies him as a pastor, but maybe not.
So let’s treat the pastor as a normal guy, which is how a pastor should be treated by anyone in authority.
"Sir, please walk away, this is none of your business." says the officer
"He is one of sheep. It is my job to worry about him." says the pastor
Well if the pastor continues to harangue the officer then it is time force him to go away. If he puts up a fight or runs to get 40 of his friends, well its full on go time.
This is personal responsibility at its height. What possible thing does that pastor have to do with this situation? NONE, nothing what so ever. If it is a grown ass man who is being talked too, ticketed, or arrested then no one, including his parents have nothing to do with the situation.
Want to know what they can do? They can wait patiently and if the worst happens such as arrest, they can go bail the person out of jail.
REMEMBER PEOPLE, it is not the cops job to judge you, it is his or her job to site you for breaking the law. The time to argue whether you did it or not is in court. YOU WILL NEVER WIN AN ARGUEMENT WITH A COP!!! At least an on duty cop.
Your only hope is that if you are polite and respectful that he might show mercy and just give you a warning. Treat a police officer with respect and 9 times out of 10 he will treat you the same way. Act like an asshole and it wont matter what job you have, your ass will either be receiving a ticket, an ass wuppin, or jail. All of which you deserve for being stupid.
Police Taser Pastor 'Helping' Driver in Traffic Stop
Thursday , July 02, 2009
WEBSTER, Texas — Police used a Taser on a pastor and pepper spray to disperse his congregants Wednesday after the pastor allegedly interfered with a traffic stop in the church parking lot.
Congregants say they were in the Iglesia Profetica Peniel church for an early morning prayer when pastor Jose Elias Moran went to assist the stopped driver, a church member, by asking the police what had happened.
An incident report on the Webster police department's Web site said Officer Raymond Berryman tried to calm Moran and arrest him. But police say he pushed the officer, went inside the church and returned with 40 other congregants.
The congregants say Moran fled into the church when the officer grew angry and began to yell, and Moran's family disputes that the pastor touched the officer.
Moran's son Miguel said 30 witnesses saw the officer turn aggressive and repeatedly kick the church door. Several members were hit with pepper spray and children were present, Miguel Moran said.
"They treated him as if he were a drug dealer or murderer, but he is a pastor that tries to help the community," Moran said. "The police always want to be right but they are not."
Moran's wife, Maria, said she tried to help her husband after he was hit with the Taser but police threatened to arrest her.
"My husband has a heart condition and with electrocution who knows what could've happened," Maria Moran said, referring to the Taser's electrical shock.
"A pastor has to tend to his flock," she said. "That is all he was doing."
Speaking from a hospital bed Wednesday night, Moran told The Associated Press he planned to hire an attorney to file charges against the officer. He was being held at the hospital overnight for additional tests.
Police did not immediately return calls seeking comment and more details of the incident. Police Sgt. James Lovel did not specify Moran's status, except to say he was in custody and negotiations for bail were taking place Wednesday night.
Webster is a suburb southeast of Houston.