LAPD motorcycle officer killed in crash was drunk

Full story: Long Beach Press-Telegram

An LAPD officer killed in a motorcycle accident last week had been drinking at the department's training academy campus the night he died and had a blood-alcohol level "well over" the legal limit, a police official said in remarks reported Thursday.

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Chris in OC

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Irresponsibility on an every other week basis. What will be celebrated when future checks are issued? "They have ordered bar staff to undergo retraining on laws on serving alcohol..." Do n't the officers know better? This is a sad example for families everywhere.
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Please print another story about LAPD officer Kenny Aragon. Tell us about his achievements and commendations. Tell us about the criminals that he captured to make the streets of LA more safe. Tell us about his service to his country as a Marine. Tell us about the special programs that he was responsible for that touched the lives of many at risk kids in the LA area. Tell us about his involvement with kids in his own community of Garden Grove. Don't leave us with just half of the story of Kenny Aragon.

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Kit Snider wrote:
Please print another story about LAPD officer Kenny Aragon. Tell us about his achievements and commendations. Tell us about the criminals that he captured to make the streets of LA more safe. Tell us about his service to his country as a Marine. Tell us about the special programs that he was responsible for that touched the lives of many at risk kids in the LA area. Tell us about his involvement with kids in his own community of Garden Grove. Don't leave us with just half of the story of Kenny Aragon.
...all of which was ruined by a brief moment of irresponsibility. Sorry, but he was on the force for almost 20 years and should have known better.
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IT IS OBVIOUSLY THE PERSON THAT SERVE THIS GUY ALCOLHOL DID NOT DO HIS JOB. I WOULD SENSE RIGHT AWAY IF THE PERSON HAVE TOO MUCH TOO DRINK.WE MISS ANOTHER GOOD OFFICER
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"They have ordered bar staff to undergo retraining on laws on serving alcohol?" What a bunch of fing idiots.. Apparently the police are only concerned with alcohol abuse when it can net them an arrest. I love their double standard-- it's cool to get drunk after you get paid and them drive home. Raids on medical cannabis dispensaries but serve more suds to the cops so they can drive on OUR streets drunk because it suits THEIR needs. What a bunch of hypocrites. I hope Beck does away with their little "unofficial, but regular event. Why are OUR TAXPAYING DOLLARS paying for a bar on OUR training campus?
Bunch of hypocrites

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LAPD are nothing but a bunch of thugs and alcoholics. No sympathy from me!
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DO as I say not as I pratice .
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aeromat wrote:
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...all of which was ruined by a brief moment of irresponsibility. Sorry, but he was on the force for almost 20 years and should have known better.
"Should have known better???" Let's go down YOUR list of "should have known betters"! Who made YOU the judge?! Quit being a hypocrite!
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Chris in OC wrote:
Irresponsibility on an every other week basis. What will be celebrated when future checks are issued? "They have ordered bar staff to undergo retraining on laws on serving alcohol..." Do n't the officers know better? This is a sad example for families everywhere.
Comments here are full of hyprocrites...and you lead the pack. I'm out.
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Why is there a bar there? Why to LAPD officers feel that getting drunk, the driving is ok? Why is anyone blaming the bartender?

I guess that would be an interesting defense to a DUI charge, "It's not my fault, the bartender is to blame." Interesting the right-wing, "personal responsibily" crowd overlook the "personal responsibility" when a cop is involved.

I feel sorry for the officer's family but riding a motorcycle drunk is idiotic.
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he should have used common sense.. where was his good judgement?
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According to the tv news this morning, the police dept is trying to find out what he was doing during that 90 minute time span between leaving the bar and crashing 3 miles away. Maybe he was trying to sober up before he left or maybe he was drinking somewhere else after he left the PD.
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I guess I was under the misguided impression that driving drunk was against the law, unless you're a policeman and you are then excempt. Drunk cops are less dangerous than the general public I guess. When they run a red light and hit you broad side you're less dead. Generally I defend the police but in this case there is no defense, if this officer hadn't been killed, he should have lost his job and been jailed, but we know that wouldn't have happen because some of his fellow drinker would have been the very same ones investigating the crime. What bothers me is a family,2 1/2weeks before Christmas morning a drunk, that had no reguard for his wife and children or their future nor any concern for the general public that he was paid to PROTECT and SERVE. I don't care what goods deeds he did in the past, he tarnished his own reputation bending his elbow to drink himself " above the legal limit" and I don't care how many drinks were sitting in front of him. Now, unless that bartender jumped the bar, sat on his chest, put a funnel in his mouth and poured the drinks down this thoat, this fool killed him self. Better him than an inocent bystander.

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Wow. Had no idea the Academy had a cantina on campus!! WTH?!!! I agree with American 1776, no one killed him but himself.

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I certainly wouldn't get drunk and get on a motorcycle! Good thing he was on a motorcycle and not in a car, otherwise he would have killed others!
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Bar hopping
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chris wrote:
<quoted text>Comments here are full of hyprocrites...and you lead the pack. I'm out.
"...and had a blood-alcohol level "well over" the legal limit, a police official said..." Is this police official the only authority as to what is considered over the limit? Don't they all know? Sure the world is "full of hyprocrites" but, how many put theirs and their families future in danger? Prayers for the family...I'm out.
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LEXUSRY wrote:
IT IS OBVIOUSLY THE PERSON THAT SERVE THIS GUY ALCOLHOL DID NOT DO HIS JOB. I WOULD SENSE RIGHT AWAY IF THE PERSON HAVE TOO MUCH TOO DRINK.WE MISS ANOTHER GOOD OFFICER
Do you always write at a 5th. grade level or are you also under the influence?

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chris wrote:
<quoted text>"Should have known better???" Let's go down YOUR list of "should have known betters"! Who made YOU the judge?! Quit being a hypocrite!
The fact that I'm able to reply to that is a testament to my ability to make rational decisions on a daily basis. We all make mistakes (except maybe for you) but come on, being drunk well beyond the legal limit? Just dumb.

The guy had a family and being an LAPD officer is risky enough, so going out and getting plastered was just stupid, whether he was a sworn officer or a cashier at Target.
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And then the story a couple years ago of a LAPD ofc fighting with downtown bouncers. Drunk also. Nothing new here. Stopped for dui, given rides home etc. This one got caught...

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