Man says he got ticket rushing cancer...

Man says he got ticket rushing cancer-stricken wife to hospital

There are 21 comments on the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution story from Oct 18, 2011, titled Man says he got ticket rushing cancer-stricken wife to hospital. In it, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that:

A metro Atlanta man said he has filed a complaint with the Roswell police after an officer pulled him over Tuesday while he was rushing his wife to the hospital.

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Mr l

Chicago, IL

#1 Oct 19, 2011
running 44 in a 25? damn officer,you need a few days off.WHY couldnt you have followed or gave an escort to the citizen and if he was lying, then arrest him for false information?NOT EVERYONE IS A CRIMINAL AS YOUR MINDSET HAS IT.
Alien

United States

#2 Oct 19, 2011
The man should sue the hell out of the police department for that. News I heard was that his wife had internal bleeding in her lungs.
That policeman should be fired. He should have excourted the man and his wife to the hospital.
Thank God. She did not die while the 15 min license check/ ticketing was going on!!!
Kris

Atlanta, GA

#3 Oct 19, 2011
I am on Hembree to and from work every day of the week. There IS NO 25mph speed zone on that whole road except for a couple of school zones and the school zones (they do not bother telling what time of day this happened) are the ONLY place the police do something other than eat donuts and look at the pornographics on their computers.
Leo

Tucker, GA

#4 Oct 19, 2011
Come on people, don't jump to conclusions based only on what the media says. Wait for the entire story to come out before making up your mind. Besides, did you ever think that the cop was possibly suspicious about the mans story because nearly eberybody lies to the police, even for the most minor things. I dont know about you but I would have a hard time being to tell that someone had a blood clot just by looking at them. Give it some time before you crucify this cop. Maybe, just maybe he did the right thing. Time will tell though...
i wonder

Philadelphia, PA

#5 Oct 20, 2011
Watch the video people. See the truth
Mel

Atlanta, GA

#6 Oct 20, 2011
Leo wrote:
Come on people, don't jump to conclusions based only on what the media says. Wait for the entire story to come out before making up your mind. Besides, did you ever think that the cop was possibly suspicious about the mans story because nearly eberybody lies to the police, even for the most minor things. I dont know about you but I would have a hard time being to tell that someone had a blood clot just by looking at them. Give it some time before you crucify this cop. Maybe, just maybe he did the right thing. Time will tell though...
You are correct in that everyone lies to a cop trying to get out of it (whatever "it" may be). But if the policeman would have done his job correctly, after seeing the man's driver's license and calling it in, he would have simply said "You STAY behind me as I escort you to the hospital" (by this time he already would have gotten the guy's plate # if he happens to run).

Now, for a cop in Georgia to do thing's correctly is a different story.
Just Me

Tucker, GA

#7 Oct 20, 2011
Mel wrote:
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You are correct in that everyone lies to a cop trying to get out of it (whatever "it" may be). But if the policeman would have done his job correctly, after seeing the man's driver's license and calling it in, he would have simply said "You STAY behind me as I escort you to the hospital" (by this time he already would have gotten the guy's plate # if he happens to run).
Now, for a cop in Georgia to do thing's correctly is a different story.
Cops are not allowed to "escort" anyone to the hospital (assuming you mean the cop has his emergency lights on) thats something you only see in the movies. I do agree to a point that it may of been a good idea to follow the guy to the hospital but at the same time I can see the officers point of view. It just does not seem that this incident rises to the extent that some people make it out to be. I just hate it when people jump to conclusions about what an officer does based solely on what they hear on the nightly news. More often than not the story is biased against the officer(s).
Lieutenant

Cartersville, GA

#8 Nov 28, 2011
How about this...if it's truly life or death then call 911!!! They can send EMS to transport the lady AND provide medical care while en route. Officers cannot "escort" a so called sick and or injured person, you are asking them to allow an untrained person with adrenalin flowing to put every other motorist in harms way? REALLY? Motorist don't even move over for emergency lights and sirens much less ask this officer to risk the original offender and others lives to perform an escort, WOW! he was as professional as the situation allowed him to be, just another instance of someone thinking they could do it better but are to scared to pin on a badge and get out there. Kudos to the officer I would have done EXACTLY the same thing because 99.98% of people you stop are liars!
white trash zelda

Long Beach, CA

#9 Nov 28, 2011
Lieutenant wrote:
How about this...if it's truly life or death then call 911!!! They can send EMS to transport the lady AND provide medical care while en route. Officers cannot "escort" a so called sick and or injured person, you are asking them to allow an untrained person with adrenalin flowing to put every other motorist in harms way? REALLY? Motorist don't even move over for emergency lights and sirens much less ask this officer to risk the original offender and others lives to perform an escort, WOW! he was as professional as the situation allowed him to be, just another instance of someone thinking they could do it better but are to scared to pin on a badge and get out there. Kudos to the officer I would have done EXACTLY the same thing because 99.98% of people you stop are liars!
You sound like the kind of cop we'll read about some day.

"Cop goes crazy and shoots 73 year old woman 22 times after beating her husband to death with the man's artificial leg!"
Lieutenant

Cartersville, GA

#10 Nov 28, 2011
white trash zelda wrote:
<quoted text>You sound like the kind of cop we'll read about some day.

"Cop goes crazy and shoots 73 year old woman 22 times after beating her husband to death with the man's artificial leg!"
...yeah that's why I've been a successful officer for 15 yrs now. Guess I Should expect as much from someone like you, as you name says it all....real classy. I'm sure your parents are proud of the success their creation has become.
icouldusesomehel p

Long Beach, CA

#11 Nov 28, 2011
Lieutenant wrote:
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...yeah that's why I've been a successful officer for 15 yrs now. Guess I Should expect as much from someone like you, as you name says it all....real classy. I'm sure your parents are proud of the success their creation has become.
Stacey Koon probably thought he was a model cop as well.

Your buttons push easy. Scary cop.

“Registered Conservative”

Since: Jul 11

Waters Creek, GA

#12 Nov 28, 2011
Lieutenant wrote:
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...yeah that's why I've been a successful officer for 15 yrs now. Guess I Should expect as much from someone like you, as you name says it all....real classy. I'm sure your parents are proud of the success their creation has become.
Do yourself a favor, do not respond to anyone from Downey, La Mirada, or Long Beach, California. they are full of racism, personal attacks, left wing liberalism, and in general, disrespect authority.
peanut

Richmond, Canada

#14 Nov 29, 2011
Just Me wrote:
<quoted text>Cops are not allowed to "escort" anyone to the hospital (assuming you mean the cop has his emergency lights on) thats something you only see in the movies. I do agree to a point that it may of been a good idea to follow the guy to the hospital but at the same time I can see the officers point of view. It just does not seem that this incident rises to the extent that some people make it out to be. I just hate it when people jump to conclusions about what an officer does based solely on what they hear on the nightly news. More often than not the story is biased against the officer(s).
BUT--cops ARE allowed to pull up to a red traffic light, turn on their blue lights, go thru the red light and cut them back off.SEEN IT THOUSANDS OF TIMES..
peanut

Richmond, Canada

#15 Nov 29, 2011
Lieutenant wrote:
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...yeah that's why I've been a successful officer for 15 yrs now. Guess I Should expect as much from someone like you, as you name says it all....real classy. I'm sure your parents are proud of the success their creation has become.
your parents are probably wondering where they went wrong that you wanted to be a cop.Must be the need to get off controlling people.
General Robert E Lee

Irving, TX

#16 Nov 29, 2011
icouldusesomehel p wrote:
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1. You've never quoted a single racist statement attributed to me.
2. I only attack racists.
3. I am a life-long conservative.
4. Sorry, I don't condone bad cops.
Go wave your phony flag, pick up GRAB and head over to LITTLENUTS house and light up a cross.
You are racist because your only responses are to "black" comments.

You attack southerners, country people, and anyone with a hard line on criminals.

You have never expressed a point of view regarding conservatism, only state it as so, and continue to seek out posts regarding racial issues; a true conservative would not do so.

I don't condone bad cops either, or people who should have called 911, but did not, chest pains, call 911, period.

Your last point has no value what so ever.
Lieutenant

United States

#17 Nov 29, 2011
icouldusesomehel p wrote:
<quoted text>1. You've never quoted a single racist statement attributed to me.

2. I only attack racists.

3. I am a life-long conservative.

4. Sorry, I don't condone bad cops.

Go wave your phony flag, pick up GRAB and head over to LITTLENUTS house and light up a cross.
I believe in the aforementioned as well, and I MORE THAN ANYONE don't condone a "bad cop" it's not in the best interest of my career. I fail to see, based only on what the media has portrayed how this cop is "BAD"! he followed his departmental policy, he was courteous from what I heard of him on his in car camera, he did his job. Do we as citizens always agree w/ every decision that others make? Noooo, however until we are in his shoes at that particular time, seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling everything that officer is then we need not armchair quarterback his discretion, especially when the majority of these nay Sayers have no idea about what the law is or what's it's like to be an officer.
Taz

Atlanta, GA

#18 Nov 29, 2011
Lieutenant wrote:
How about this...if it's truly life or death then call 911!!! They can send EMS to transport the lady AND provide medical care while en route. Officers cannot "escort" a so called sick and or injured person, you are asking them to allow an untrained person with adrenalin flowing to put every other motorist in harms way? REALLY? Motorist don't even move over for emergency lights and sirens much less ask this officer to risk the original offender and others lives to perform an escort, WOW! he was as professional as the situation allowed him to be, just another instance of someone thinking they could do it better but are to scared to pin on a badge and get out there. Kudos to the officer I would have done EXACTLY the same thing because 99.98% of people you stop are liars!
Maybe they didn't want to pay for the ambulance or have time to wait on them you dickhead.
Anonymous

Hayden, AL

#19 Nov 29, 2011
Taz wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe they didn't want to pay for the ambulance or have time to wait on them you dickhead.
Well considering after the 15 minute traffic stop she still survived I guess they DID have time to wait for the bulance especially since she would have received care when they arrived instead of having to drive all the way to the hospital which even without the ticket probably took longer that what the end would have taken to arrive. And as far as paying for the ambulance guess now they are having to pay for the ticket their decision sure didn't turn out to be a good one huh?
icouldusesomehel p

Long Beach, CA

#20 Nov 29, 2011
General Robert E Lee wrote:
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You are racist because your only responses are to "black" comments.
You attack southerners, country people, and anyone with a hard line on criminals.
You have never expressed a point of view regarding conservatism, only state it as so, and continue to seek out posts regarding racial issues; a true conservative would not do so.
I don't condone bad cops either, or people who should have called 911, but did not, chest pains, call 911, period.
Your last point has no value what so ever.
100% private bobby lee! Wrong on ALL counts.

Since: Nov 11

Cameron, WV

#21 Nov 29, 2011
i don't feel this officer did anything wrong, i have seen much worst from other cops, come to harrisville wv we have some good ones for u and we will gladly trade u 2 cops for this cop(we hire even if u have a record), he handled this very nicely for the situtation he was in, call 911 next time DUMDASS if u were that concerned about ur wife

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