Man Busts Teens; Forces Them To Call 911

Man Busts Teens; Forces Them To Call 911

There are 13 comments on the WCCO story from Mar 17, 2006, titled Man Busts Teens; Forces Them To Call 911. In it, WCCO reports that:

Eagan, Minn. Gerry Rodgers wasn't going to let himself become a burglary victim.

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Mark from Idaho

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Mar 18, 2006
Good for him. The little shits got what they deserved.
Alexis

Ripley, Canada

#2 Mar 18, 2006
Strangers are friends we haven't met yet! Way to go Mr Rodgers. I 'd be happy to live in your neighbourhood. You took care of the so called friends! Talk about stepping up to the plate! Home Team 1 Wannabees 0 !
Debbie

Austin, TX

#3 Mar 18, 2006
Alexis wrote:
Strangers are friends we haven't met yet! Way to go Mr Rodgers. I 'd be happy to live in your neighbourhood. You took care of the so called friends! Talk about stepping up to the plate! Home Team 1 Wannabees 0 !
LOl and they say vigilante justice is dead
Acey

Lutz, FL

#4 Mar 29, 2006
Alexis wrote:
Talk about stepping up to the plate! Home Team 1 Wannabees 0 !
....... I -......um-.......eh -....nevermind.
James

Kirkland, WA

#5 Mar 30, 2006
Is he really a police officer or was he lying?
Debbie

Austin, TX

#6 Mar 30, 2006
James wrote:
Is he really a police officer or was he lying?
I wondered the same thing also. Being in law enforcement an officer should know WAY better than to get out there in their POV and chase down someone..but since HE was being victimized (VS the calls he takes daily of others being the victim) then maybe his self control became a little "off base".
Debbysnack

Fountain Valley, CA

#7 Mar 30, 2006
James wrote:
Is he really a police officer or was he lying?
He was lying. LOL, he didn't know what to do. That's thinking on your (bare)feet.
Herman

United States

#8 Mar 30, 2006
Glad it turned out like it did. An off-duty officer from Altoona,Iowa, did a similar thing with his brother-in-law riding shotgun. Both were unarmed. They chased down a teen on a 4-wheeler and the officer got shot and is paralyzed for life and "lucky" to be alive. The teen escaped that day but was subsequently caught and later sentenced to about 6 years in prison. 6 years in prison vs. a lifetime in a wheelchair--what's wrong with that picture? The lesson is you're better off reporting criminal activity to the authorities than trying to take matters into your own hands. More often than not, the results are rather much worse than Rodgers'. Had the cop been shot while on duty, at least his pension would have helped compensate his tragic injuries.
Debbie

Austin, TX

#9 Mar 30, 2006
Herman wrote:
Glad it turned out like it did. An off-duty officer from Altoona,Iowa, did a similar thing with his brother-in-law riding shotgun. Both were unarmed. They chased down a teen on a 4-wheeler and the officer got shot and is paralyzed for life and "lucky" to be alive. The teen escaped that day but was subsequently caught and later sentenced to about 6 years in prison. 6 years in prison vs. a lifetime in a wheelchair--what's wrong with that picture? The lesson is you're better off reporting criminal activity to the authorities than trying to take matters into your own hands. More often than not, the results are rather much worse than Rodgers'. Had the cop been shot while on duty, at least his pension would have helped compensate his tragic injuries.
True enough. In law enforcement cops are expected (even while off duty) to stop any felony taking place in their view but then again, should always be prepared at the same time. Many officers have take home radios and anytime they decide to act upon something while off duty need to notify dispatch of their actions. Many reasons, one...to get some back up enroute and another reason...liability reasons. Many offenders who are captured, etc. by off duty officers try and use the defense that they did not realize it was a cop chasing them...no patrol car...no uniform etc. Can get pretty sticky in a courtroom if you (as an officer) don't watch your step while off duty.
Debbysnack

Fountain Valley, CA

#10 Mar 30, 2006
Hey can that guy get in trouble for impersonating an officer?
Debbie

Austin, TX

#11 Mar 30, 2006
Debbysnack wrote:
Hey can that guy get in trouble for impersonating an officer?
Naw...I seriously doubt any law enforcement agency would file charges on him. ALTHOUGH had anyone been hurt in that chase..there could have been charges filed (once the kids left the man was no longer in fear of death or serious bodily injury) or there could have been some serious civil charges put on the guy. There is a law here in TX (old as dirt) but does allow a resident to actually shoot a "fleeing felon in the nighttime" but it has to be on their property.
Herman

United States

#12 Mar 30, 2006
Debbysnack wrote:
Hey can that guy get in trouble for impersonating an officer?
I suppose the parents of the kids could file suit claiming false imprisonment or some such rot and might get a bleeding heart judge to rule in their favor. I do believe, though, that Minnesota provides for a citizen's arrest.
what

Moneta, VA

#13 Apr 24, 2013
Omg

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