Police: Cop drove at 'excessive speed' before crash

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Police officer Rich Kappel, an amateur ATV racer, was killed after the Ferrari he was driving smashed into a tree, officials said.
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eri8c

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he killed another person by driving out of controol and is being honored go figure
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Even police make mistakes and that is why more then anyone they need to obey the law and stop being let off by fellow officers.If this was policy then maybe he and his friend would still be around. I support the police abnd all they do but this is one area they are lax
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I wonder if I would get a free funeral if I die while speeding down a road.
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If you get pulled over by the coppers, you never know if you're gonna be dealing with a reckless and dangerous bully so it is always wise to be cautious with them. Its funny that the people quoted here don't seem at all surprised by this mans actions and yet they had no problem letting him stay a cop (which means you can wave your gun around and do almost anything you want to the unarmed population)
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Did you know all police on Long Island don’t take psychological exams. There are psychological evaluations not testing. If you want to weed out the bad eggs what better way to do it. You see if such testing is done no one could get around it. Departments would set themselfs up for a lawsuit if psychopaths were allowed in. The Chicago cop, who at 250 lbs, beat up a 120 lb female waitress off duty and drunk would have never gotten on the department if it not for his family. He received two years probation, what a joke. If it not for the security camera I’m sure the waitress would have be charged for beating him. The psychological exam consists of 500 questions and takes about four hours. You can’t study for it and it ensures the best of the best and on Long Island when cops make the highest pay in the nation who wants halfwits.
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A Ferrari on a cop's salary?

Supplemented by how much in payoffs and vig?
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This same dude gave me 130 dollar ticket for not wearing a seat belt. Do as I say, not as I do.
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this moron killed his friend and could have killed many more.

don't defend him, fellow officers.

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I hate to generalize, but all the cops I know are foever breaking the law. I have a neighbor who is a cop one evening not so long ago ,he was driving we went to BJ,s warehouse to pick up a few things. With him he brought an open bottle of beer and 2 more for backups. He finished all 3 before we returned from shopping. They were all consumed while driving. Nice Huh!
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i'm sorry that this father of 2 is dead. i won't say that he deserved it. but, my god, what hypocrites these cops are. nuff said.

RIP.
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Most papers are not reporting WHAT type car it was.
My son is in the service for more than 10 yrs. This man had the same rank.
HOW do you get to have a car like that on a service man's (ahem,...) savings and a policeman's salary?
Excessive speed,..Ya Think?!?!
My heart, and my family's, go out to all of his, and his friends.
I hope all of his buddies learn from this mistake.
All of the negative posters will post the usual stuff we expect to see.
Sadly, we have lost an officer and a friend to many.
Learn from his mistake.
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NewYorkIsADump wrote:
130 dollar ticket for not wearing a seat belt.
You paid a lot less then he did for it. if you're inan accident someday (and I hope not) and you are spared injury because you are wearing your seatbelt, you will be able to thank him for that warning- and then you might think it worth the lousy 130.
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Mike Long Beach wrote:
I hate to generalize, but all the cops I know are foever breaking the law. I have a neighbor who is a cop one evening not so long ago ,he was driving we went to BJ,s warehouse to pick up a few things. With him he brought an open bottle of beer and 2 more for backups. He finished all 3 before we returned from shopping. They were all consumed while driving. Nice Huh!
I have cop and corrections friends and not one of them has ever gotten o ticket since they were on the job. In fact they actually brag about how fast the get places. Does anyone recall a couple of years ago when the SCPD was actually saying that cops and their families should never get tickets? I guess they equate the no ticket scenario with lifetime family passes for LIRR workers' families. Above the law? They believe they are.
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Of course he was speeding. He's a cop, naturally he thinks the law doesn't apply to him. I know, Maybe he was chasing someone who was going 10 mph over the limit.
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That's such a bad road to be speeding on. It has many quarry pits and large trucks are always on it loading and unloading. Not to mention the quality of the road itself filled with potholes from all the trucks.

If you're gonna speed with a Ferrari, you could've waited until you got to county road 51. There are NEVER any cops on that road. You can do 100 mph all day from East Moriches to Riverhead and not have to worry about getting stopped.
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Huh__WHAT wrote:
Sadly, we have lost an officer and a friend to many.

Learn from his mistake.
Excessive speeding and driving recklessly is not a MISTAKE.

It is a intentional criminal act. Look it up in the VTL.
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So, what's the protocol now? We have to say nothing about how he was reckless and made s#!tty decisions, and speak only of how he was a dedicated police officer, husband and father?

If you're not allowed to condemn the idiotic and dangerous and reckless choices that people make--people who, while on their job, are responsible for lives and safety--then you really can't expect anyone to get the message that you should be more responsible in the choices you make. So, welcome to the status quo.
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As a cop, he thought he could drive like an ass and of course HE would NOT get a ticket since he is a cop (they let each other off all the time) but GOD doesn't care cop or not...
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My condolences to the family of the dead officer but honoring this guy for his dedication as a father and family man seems a bit facetious. By ignoring the law and driving at excessive speed he showed that his pleasure and his arrogance far superceded his love for family or concern for community. He killed his passenger. Thank God he didn't kill anyone else.
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"We will honor his memory as a brother officer and we will admire his dedication as a husband and a father"

Brother officer broke the law, killed himself, an innocent person and hurt a poor tree.
Dedicated father didn't think of his wife and child before acting like a d|ckhead.

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