Altamonte Springs police officer expe...

Altamonte Springs police officer expected in court

There are 121 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 28, 2009, titled Altamonte Springs police officer expected in court. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

A veteran Altamonte Springs police officer who is accused of seriously injuring two people last November after losing control of his patrol car is expected in court this morning.

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Stan

United States

#1 Apr 28, 2009
This guy Maupin is a real POS.
Kitten

United States

#2 Apr 28, 2009
This guy destroys a young man's life and doesn't face criminal charges? I didn't realize police officers were above the law. That is very unfortunate.
Get Real

Palm Bay, FL

#3 Apr 28, 2009
Glad to see this back in the news.

I thought it was another case of a cop screwing up and everything being swept under the rug.

The City of Altamonte Springs is spineless for not having fired this clown a long time ago.
pinky

Olla, LA

#4 Apr 28, 2009
His police powers???? Wow, that is some good journalism....geez..I miss reading the Columbus Dispatch...at least they knew how to write.

And as for the scum bucket cop who did this...I would be suing his a$$ and the police department for putting my loved one in a coma for going on 4 months now...what a crooked justice system that he wouldn't be in any trouble besides a ticket and some points on his license.
Jake

Winter Springs, FL

#5 Apr 28, 2009
Remove the police officer from behind the wheel, replace him with a civilian and you have a criminal going to jail. Keep the officer behind the wheel and you have a person paying a traffic ticket.

Despicable Altamonte and FDLE. This man should be facing vehicular assualt charges. Manslaughter if the young man dies.
anon

Winter Park, FL

#6 Apr 28, 2009
Looks like this guy was watching "SuperTroopers" with the joke on the one holding the radar.
ceindependence

United States

#8 Apr 28, 2009
This makes one question the integrity and values of law enforcement. That they would rally around, provide protection and shelter for one of their own such as this, is beyond any reason. So much for trust in our law enforcement leaders. I'm sure John Morgan will be in touch with the policeman,the department and city.
Cinda

Eustis, FL

#9 Apr 28, 2009
So what were the other accidents? One was for joy riding down 436, then this one...what about the others...maybe it's time for this guy to retire...agree with the family definitely needs to be investigated by the State's Atty office.
Daniel

Altoona, FL

#10 Apr 28, 2009
Jake wrote:
Remove the police officer from behind the wheel, replace him with a civilian and you have a criminal going to jail. Keep the officer behind the wheel and you have a person paying a traffic ticket.
Despicable Altamonte and FDLE. This man should be facing vehicular assualt charges. Manslaughter if the young man dies.
I completely agree...what a shame.
UpL8

Palm Bay, FL

#11 Apr 28, 2009
Shame on you Altamonte Springs PD for not getting this public danger off the force and off the streets. I hope Bell's family sues the city of Altamonte Springs for everything they've got and bankrupts them for their negligence. To Officer Maupin....I hope you are jailed in general population and pay dearly for your attitude and your actions. You are a disgrace.
FirefighterDave

Oviedo, FL

#12 Apr 28, 2009
Has this dept. never EVOC trained? You are taught not to usually exceed the speed limit by 10-20 mph and you absolutely must not be traveling at a rate of speed that doesn't allow you to have the vehicle under control....100% of the time.
Six violations? If he'd had the same type of violations with Orlando, since they are of similar nature, he would have been dismissed,,especially after the 82mph "joke".
And why can't anyone find out if he was on a call or not? It isn't exactly difficult. You check the computer for all calls for that day and that hour period. If he was dispatched, it will show, and if he was dispatched, he would have given some communication indicating same.
This guy and his superiors should be gone. Why in the world would they keep letting him drive? Their hesitancy to take stronger action for his previous violations has cost this one young person a normal life. Hopefully, he will fully recover from the coma. My prayers are with both victims and their families.
Fred

United States

#13 Apr 28, 2009
simply an embarrassment of and to ASPD and FDLE
UNbelievable

Kissimmee, FL

#14 Apr 28, 2009
FirefighterDave wrote:
Has this dept. never EVOC trained? You are taught not to usually exceed the speed limit by 10-20 mph and you absolutely must not be traveling at a rate of speed that doesn't allow you to have the vehicle under control....100% of the time.
Six violations? If he'd had the same type of violations with Orlando, since they are of similar nature, he would have been dismissed,,especially after the 82mph "joke".
And why can't anyone find out if he was on a call or not? It isn't exactly difficult. You check the computer for all calls for that day and that hour period. If he was dispatched, it will show, and if he was dispatched, he would have given some communication indicating same.
This guy and his superiors should be gone. Why in the world would they keep letting him drive? Their hesitancy to take stronger action for his previous violations has cost this one young person a normal life. Hopefully, he will fully recover from the coma. My prayers are with both victims and their families.
Good post.

I've heard repeatedly over the years that LE purposely hires those who aren't the "sharpest knives in the drawer." If that's true, it just makes sense that they pull stunts like this and cover up for others.

In an ideal world, cops would realize that every time a citizen observes one of them breaking the law, it just erodes the respect we should have for them. When they aren't punished for breaking the law, it is further eroded, until eventually we have a nation of scofflaws on both sides.
James

Oviedo, FL

#15 Apr 28, 2009
UNbelievable wrote:
<quoted text>
Good post.
I've heard repeatedly over the years that LE purposely hires those who aren't the "sharpest knives in the drawer." If that's true, it just makes sense that they pull stunts like this and cover up for others.
In an ideal world, cops would realize that every time a citizen observes one of them breaking the law, it just erodes the respect we should have for them. When they aren't punished for breaking the law, it is further eroded, until eventually we have a nation of scofflaws on both sides.
I would like to know how, as Firefighter Dave pointed out, it isn't known if he was on a call or not. Do they not have a database of calls, recordings of transmission? How is it that any cell phone call anyone makes can be traced down to the sidewalk where the caller is standing but these idiots can't figure out who was going where on that day?

Maybe, it's like Mayberry and they just write it down in the "police log"...yep, that's it.
"Well Mayor, Barney was on that day, but we just seem to be missing that page in the 'log'. "
slipnot

San Antonio, TX

#16 Apr 28, 2009
Oh no! No more police powers! I guess now he's subject to government abuse like the rest of us now.
Florida Spotlight

Omaha, NE

#17 Apr 28, 2009
I wonder if Officer Maupin has visited Mr. Bell or his family since this occurred? That would say a lot about this man's character. Regardless, this does not look good for the police community in general.
The Realist

Palm Bay, FL

#18 Apr 28, 2009
FirefighterDave wrote:
Has this dept. never EVOC trained? You are taught not to usually exceed the speed limit by 10-20 mph and you absolutely must not be traveling at a rate of speed that doesn't allow you to have the vehicle under control....100% of the time.
Six violations? If he'd had the same type of violations with Orlando, since they are of similar nature, he would have been dismissed,,especially after the 82mph "joke".
And why can't anyone find out if he was on a call or not? It isn't exactly difficult. You check the computer for all calls for that day and that hour period. If he was dispatched, it will show, and if he was dispatched, he would have given some communication indicating same.
This guy and his superiors should be gone. Why in the world would they keep letting him drive? Their hesitancy to take stronger action for his previous violations has cost this one young person a normal life. Hopefully, he will fully recover from the coma. My prayers are with both victims and their families.
It was reported right after this happened, he was NOT on a dispatched call via any agency and was in fact out of his jurisdiction. Now what he is telling investigators is another story........

As far as the City of Altamonte Springs not terminating this clown, I hope they are sued (and lose) to the tune of millions. Maybe then they will realize they can't afford a liable such as Mr. Mark Maupin, or his immediate supervisors.
Well maybe I

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#19 Apr 28, 2009
Let me guess the cop was living a dream
Cops wife

Oviedo, FL

#20 Apr 28, 2009
It simply amazes me how quickly everyone jumps to conclusions and criticizes law enforcement. How easy it is for all of you to forget that for 28 years this man put on his uniform and risked his own life to protect yours! There are several reasons why FHP may have been unable to determine whether he was responding to a call and/or the reason for his speed, but those who are not familiar with the policies of law enforcement would never understand. Yes, it was a high rate of speed, but it was still an ACCIDENT. Unfortunately, accidents happen and the entire family of officers at ASPD are sympathetic for Mr. Bell and hopeful for a recovery.
UNbelievable

Kissimmee, FL

#21 Apr 28, 2009
Cops wife wrote:
It simply amazes me how quickly everyone jumps to conclusions and criticizes law enforcement. How easy it is for all of you to forget that for 28 years this man put on his uniform and risked his own life to protect yours! There are several reasons why FHP may have been unable to determine whether he was responding to a call and/or the reason for his speed, but those who are not familiar with the policies of law enforcement would never understand. Yes, it was a high rate of speed, but it was still an ACCIDENT. Unfortunately, accidents happen and the entire family of officers at ASPD are sympathetic for Mr. Bell and hopeful for a recovery.
Mmmmm... and YOU'RE not jumping to conclusions???

And, how do explain this bit of info on his 28 year career:
"Maupin, a 28-year department veteran, had been reprimanded six times for accidents involving his patrol vehicle since he began working for the department."

You have to really screw up to get a reprimand (which you have an example of in the paragraph that follows the one above in the news article.)

I've received one ticket in 28 years of driving all over the country. I think most Americans have a similar record. Why should this dumbazz be held to a lower standard?

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