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RCMP Officer Lies About Needing Permission to Film Police; Admits Police Parking Illegally is Wrong

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer claims that it is illegal to film him in public after being questioned about parking on a sidewalk.

The following video was shared with Nevada Cop Block by Donald Smith, who frequently films the police as he travels within Canada, via the NVCopBlock.org Submissions Page.

In the video, which was taken in  Victoria, British Columbia and uploaded to Youtube, Smith can be seen questioning an (unidentified) officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police about why he is parking his motorcycle on the sidewalk even though he would ticket citizens for doing the same thing.

Initially, the officer responds by explaining that he’s not breaking the law because police are exempt from that law. However, those exemptions are generally based on the idea that police can disregard such laws while responding to emergencies or, at the very least, while performing official police functions. Although the exact circumstances leading up to the conversation on the video weren’t given, the officer makes it pretty clear in his response that neither of those things are the case.

After some discussion of whether the officer should be giving tickets to people for parking infractions while he himself is illegally parked, the officer soon attempts to shift the subject by lying about the legality of filming in public. According to this officer, recording in public requires the permission of the person being filmed.

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Although it’s not terribly uncommon for cops not to know the laws they are supposed to enforce or for them to try and enforce laws even though they don’t actually understand them, the fact that this officer claims that it became illegal to film him in public without permission on January 1st (implying that a new law was passed) is pretty indicative that he is intentionally lying. Shortly after, the officer uses that horrible threat that police for some reason think bothers people filming them that he will also film Smith (without having asked his permission first).

(For the record, no such law was passed and it is completely legal to film anyone, including the police, in public view – even in Canada.)

Then the discussion returns to whether he should be parking his motorcycle on a sidewalk. While continuing to maintain he is exempt from such rules and clarifying that police officers can even park cars on the sidewalk if they feel like it, the officer then readily admits that such a double standard is wrong. Quite surprisingly, he then actually promises not to park on the sidewalk next time.

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“I’m a Law Enforcement Officer, I Can Do That” (Video)

This was sent to us by Michael Picard, via the Cop Block submission page:

“I know this isn’t a huge in terms of police misconduct, but nonetheless, police officers are not above the law and police officers should not be able to break the law to enforce it, nor should they be able to selectively enforce it on others, while letting other police officers off the hook.”

Date of Incident: July 3, 2015
Department Involved: Hartford Police Department
Phone Number: 860-757-4000
Email: [email protected]

Police HypocriteOn July 3rd, I was at a DUI checkpoint on Jennings Rd., at the 91 south on ramp in Hartford, CT, reminding people, on the eve of Independence Day, that they have rights, when I noticed a Hartford police officer (vehicle #19, LIC. Plate # 69HFD) turn right onto the 91 South on ramp, where the checkpoint was located. Then, in a high traffic area and without any warning (lights, turn signal, or otherwise), he turned around on the on ramp and exited at the other side of the entrance to the on ramp (another car did the same thing and received a $200+ fine).

He then proceeded to head towards me, driving against traffic to ask if he could take a picture of me, at which point I told him he was going the wrong way. To that, he replied, “I’m a law enforcement officer (the irony), I can do that.” As he turned around, he impeded traffic and could have caused an accident.

In Connecticut, police officers can only violate traffic laws when they are on an emergency call, and they must have their audible siren and lights on, or at least an audible siren, not just their lights (CGA 14-283).

Michael Picard

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St. Joseph (MO) Police Dept Officer Arrested for 2012 DWI; Hit-and-Run Still With Department in 2017

Update (Jan. 12, 2017): Officer Hailey was not fired as a result of his drunken hit and run, which he pled guilty to. He is still on the payroll of the St. Joseph Police Department and was even featured on their Facebook page as late as November of 2016.

He was given probation for that DWI charge (but apparently not even charged for the hit and run), and the SJPD has kept any departmental punishment he may have (but probably not really) received as a result of a “brief investigation” by the department’s Professional Standards officials private as a “personnel matter,” which is protected by law.

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network anonymously, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

The submitter writes:

“SJPD Officer Shannon Hailey was arrested [yesterday] morning after admitting he was driving under the influence of prescription sleep medication. This is dangerous stuff! All of this after only a little over a year ago when a female officer was charged for DWI after another hit-and-run accident.

The accident occurred on a Monday morning in an area where children typically walk to school. When will these officers learn that they are not above the law and the same laws they enforce apply to them? Hailey’s sister is about a 7-8 year veteran of the department.”

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As reported by StJoeChannel.com:

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A St. Joseph Police officer is in custody following a morning accident on Monday.

Police officers arrested Officer Shannon Hailey after receiving a call about a Jeep Wrangler driving erratically on Ashland Ave., following a hit and run.

The caller advised police Hailey hit a tree near Ashland Ave. and Gene Field Road before driving off.

According to a news release, officers met up with Hailey, who was off-duty at the time, in the 4300 block of Miller Road.

Hailey appeared to be confused and disoriented, stating he had taken a prescription medication. His blood alcohol level was .000% at the time.

Hailey was arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant: prescription sleep medication.

He was charged under municipal violations of DWI, Careless Driving, and leaving the scene of an accident. He has also been placed on administrative assignment pending review of the incident.

Hailey has been with the agency for 20 months.

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