r/therewasanattempt Sep 28 '22 Wholesome 1

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u/Gasonfires Sep 28 '22 Gold All-Seeing Upvote

As a longtime lawyer I really, really don't like this one bit. I don't like the judge demanding special treatment on account of his authority and I don't like the cop kneeling before him. This just smacks of a system that doesn't operate fairly for the people caught in it. But we knew that, didn't we?

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u/Professional_Map4351 Sep 29 '22

He's already lost in the court of public opinion. Stupid move on his part, the cop was going to run the plate regardless so there was no reason to get out and escalate the situation.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

Shows that stupid, flawed people occupy positions of power and influence. Why I loathe appeals to authority... the whole thing is a minstrel show.

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u/Mechbeast Sep 29 '22

This is why there should be a panel of judges per case, this meathead doesn’t belong presiding over anyones court case.

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u/Cl0ughy1 Sep 29 '22

I got pulled over for speeding and I basically gave the cop an ego boost by calling him sir and acting super polite, they let me off.

Most cops join the force for that even if they pretend it's for some noble reason, they just want their egos massaged.

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u/birdish-dicklet Sep 29 '22

Stupid/ narcissistic people always try to get onto powerful positions the easy way.

Becoming a cop/ judge isn't terribly difficult, whereas becoming a professional athlete, or renowned scientist (might get you similar level of respect in your daily life) is hard work.

Hard work like construction won't bring you any power

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u/AF_AF Sep 29 '22

And if judges play their cards right, they can get appointed to the SCOTUS for life!

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u/Justintime4u2bu1 Sep 29 '22

They’re everywhere, and we are often them

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u/Spidey16 Sep 29 '22

Also the judge didn't necessarily know what the stop was about. Not with 100% certainty. Sure he blew his horn, but maybe a tail light was out. Maybe there was an APB out for a car of that description. Any number of reasons.

My rule of thumb is let the cop tell you why they pulled you over. Don't admit to anything.

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u/GhostBusDAH Sep 29 '22

Doesn’t this show the judge is biased towards positions people hold in the society, and can not be trusted to exercise fair judgement?

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u/TheRealBananaWolf Sep 29 '22

Yep, which in turn, erodes public trust in the judiciary system. It's supposed to be fair, this kind of shatters that illusion.

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u/JarasM Sep 29 '22

This just smacks of a system that doesn't operate fairly for the people caught in it.

Feudalism.

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u/TheTurboMaster Sep 29 '22

I totally agree. This should be a massive, massive problem for anyone who sees it but yeah it's funny and entertaining so let's just giggle and shrug

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u/GG_Allin_Feces Sep 28 '22 Silver Helpful

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u/justaverage Sep 29 '22

Three reprimands? Well, that there will get you warning.

Collect six warnings? And we’ll give you a demerit.

Four demerits? I hope I don’t have to explain the hot water that four demerits will land you in

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u/tyrandan2 Sep 29 '22

Four demerits? You have now been fined a hundred Stanley Nickels!

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u/AzimuthAztronaut Sep 29 '22

Only have 99 Stanley Nickels?! Suspended with pay.

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u/Enter_Feeling Sep 29 '22

Suspended with pay* you only get suspended without pay after getting suspended with pay 8 times.

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u/matdan12 Sep 29 '22

And then you get a paid vacation and a new unstained desk somewhere else.

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u/gingerwhinger8812 Sep 29 '22

Get suspended without pay or have a disadulation

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u/10PNW Sep 29 '22

Can you tell me the conversion of Stanley Nickels to Schrute Bucks?

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u/MeanLeanNerdMachine Sep 29 '22

The same as the ratio of unicorns to leprechauns.

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u/hereforpopcornru Sep 29 '22

Asking for a friend?

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u/tacotongueboxer Sep 28 '22

"The judge’s behavior was “brief and singular in nature,” the board said."

Sure, sure. It always is...

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u/Beantownbrews Sep 28 '22 I'll Drink to That

We have reviewed ourselves and found that we are innocent.

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u/Spice0life Sep 29 '22

Annnd, in fact, deserve additional compensation for being inconvenienced. .

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u/thefriendlycouple Sep 29 '22

I’m surprised he didn’t force the police to apologize to him

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u/Dynamitefuzz2134 Sep 29 '22

That’s the problem.

This officer goes into his courtroom for valid crimes or traffic offense and this asshat is going to hold this against him.

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u/tonezzz1 Sep 28 '22

Singular in nature. I mean it kinda was, but damn they can make words into anything lol

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u/S00thsayerSays Sep 28 '22

The implication is that this isn’t actually the first time. What the person is saying is that it’s the first time it’s been reported basically. Not the first time.

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u/MountainMannequin Sep 29 '22

He reported himself according to the article.

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u/S00thsayerSays Sep 29 '22

Could have been his first time, could not have been. Either way he’s a smart man for reporting himself. He’s a judge for a reason.

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u/MountainMannequin Sep 29 '22

Reading this made me think of Leslie Knope when she turned herself in.

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u/PhyterNL Sep 28 '22

This judge, Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker, was admonished by the ethics committee. The committee did not elect to refer him for disciplinary action, but the message was clear. He won't be allowed to get away with it a second time.

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u/pharmaboy2 Sep 28 '22 Original

You mean the actual context was that he was using his position then ….

This is the thin edge of corruption

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u/GeneralKang Sep 28 '22

It's not an edge, or even thin. It's a judge basically howling "Do you know who I am?!". Straight corruption.

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u/LowBeautiful1531 Sep 29 '22

Like a domineering baboon. About one inch from pounding his chest to show who's in charge. Everything wrong with our "justice" system, and how corruption works. Right there. The arrogance. Nobody who deserves a position of power would ever swing it around like that.

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u/other_jeffery_leb Sep 29 '22

Nobody who deserves a position of power wants the position to begin with.

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u/LowBeautiful1531 Sep 29 '22

Yeah, it's a real issue.

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u/SprAwsmMan Sep 29 '22

What is our solution @Reddit?

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u/LowBeautiful1531 Sep 29 '22

Election by lottery?

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u/SprAwsmMan Sep 29 '22

haha. I'm for it.

That or Hunger Games with politicians...

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u/sax6romeo Sep 28 '22

Are judges Karen’s of the law?

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u/zodar Sep 29 '22

Karen's what?

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u/SkipCycle Sep 29 '22

Glad you caught that ... not sure when it started but when the hell did people start (incorrectly) using an appostrophe to make something plural?

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u/Dusty923 Sep 29 '22

It's autocorrect and people not checking what they wrote before sending.

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u/CoyoteDown Sep 28 '22

You don’t immediately go to that if you’ve never done it before.

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u/mrobertj42 Sep 28 '22

I interpreted that as, “if you think you’re going to ticket me for an offense that isn’t real, think again.” Personally, I’ve had experience where cops bust your balls because they know they can get away with it. Cops word against the judges… not as likely to fly.

But maybe I’m naive …

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u/pharmaboy2 Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

You’d make a good defence attorney for this judge in front of the ethical review board! That’s what I’d claim to in order to avoid disciplinary action too - I suppose they are all well used to bullshit excuses and claims in court?

Interesting that this cop thought better of it at some point and reported the incident anyway

Edit - there is actually an article now that the judge self reported , so disregard last sentence

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u/Some-Gentle-Giant Sep 29 '22

To be honest I thought the same thing until now. I thought the judge was bringing it up to say he knows his rights and you can't pull someone over for something like that.

Now I know, but without context I tend to assume the worst of police.

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u/Zealousideal_Fly4277 Sep 29 '22

Yeah, this too. You hear so many horror stories about cops you just assume the worst.

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u/RedFiveIron Sep 28 '22

Yes, that is clearly the message delivered by allowing him to get away with it the first time.

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u/jaggeddragon Sep 28 '22

Oh you sweet summer child, You really think this is the first time?

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u/RedFiveIron Sep 28 '22

I do think this is the first time he was caught on tape, yes.

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u/ShakaWTWF Sep 28 '22

The first time that we know of

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u/Fearlessly_Feeble Sep 28 '22

Ummm okay. But the clearest message is not letting them get away with it the first time. This is what corruption looks like. If he’s so blatant about it in public imagine what take place behind closed doors.

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u/utastelikebacon Sep 28 '22

Ooooo a sternly written letter! I would be shivering in my boots

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u/ApesNoFightApes Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

That surely will teach him to be more sneaky.

Edit: Apparently, he turned himself in over it. That takes a lot. We need more people like this: Taking responsibility for their actions. Good on this guy.

Edit2: sigh, are there no decent people anymore?

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u/Ihavemanybees Sep 28 '22

Um.... This happened in April and he self reported it in June, a day after the news paper did a story on it. He is only sorry he got caught

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u/Slight0 Sep 29 '22

That dude unironically believed a judge who used his status to get out of a ticket turned himself in spontaneously out of guilt 😂.

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u/LowBeautiful1531 Sep 29 '22

This is one of those scenes where somebody leaned in and advised, "Sir, this is going to come out, the video is spreading fast, so what you've got to do is get ahead of it."

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u/Archaea-a87 Sep 28 '22 Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

I think the judge may have been in the right, if his point was that honking your horn does not justify being pulled over. But his response implied that his status was the reason he should not have been pulled over. If he did nothing wrong, he did nothing wrong and that should apply to anyone, regardless of status or employment. If he did something illegal, the fact that he is a judge should not be a reason to send him on his way without further investigation.

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u/iusedtohavepowers Sep 28 '22

I mean even if he did nothing wrong. Jumping out of your car and immediately charging down the approaching officer has gotten some people killed. Even when the officer has equally as little context.

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u/marvistamsp Sep 29 '22

Older white male, well dressed. Not a fear or care in the world. That is just the way that it is.

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u/IsaKitty00 Sep 29 '22

So true it hurts 😔

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u/Archaea-a87 Sep 28 '22

For sure. I certainly wouldn't respond so...confidently, regardless of the circumstances. Bold move.

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u/iusedtohavepowers Sep 28 '22

Happy cake day!

Yea it took balls to walk down that officer. Even if I was in need of help I wouldn't be able to so confidently run towards a cop.

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u/CokeFanatic Sep 29 '22

No it didn't. You just don't have the cops working for you so you don't understand. This judge doesn't fear the cops. That chickenshit cop kissed that judge's shoes just like he told him to. That's the pecking order. That's the way they operate.

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u/PxyFreakingStx Sep 29 '22

He's a rich old white guy. It didn't take balls, he was never in any danger.

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u/CreegsReactor Sep 29 '22

Just recently a 15 year old kidnapping victim ran at a cop for help to get away from her kidnapper and they just shot her full of bullets

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u/scistudies Sep 29 '22

The fu— I hate this world. Can we get a refund?

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u/Val_Hallen Sep 29 '22

I mean, cops recently killed a teen they put an Amber Alert out for and, in a separate incident, a kidnapping victim that escaped and was running to them for help.

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u/bambeenz Sep 29 '22

Sad times we live in, truly

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u/Chongoscuba Sep 28 '22

Rage is a hell of a thing. I got into a screaming match with a cop for pointing guns at me and threatening me with the K9s in my own backyard. I was ready to fight well knowing it wasn’t a fight I could win.

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u/Cosmonauts1957 Sep 29 '22

Judge wasn’t black.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

It is okay. It was the white thing to do at the time.

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u/Mr_midnightmare Sep 28 '22

Judges are a big deal, tbh. Then again, unless he WAS doing something wrong, I could understand why he was pulled over.

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u/Balls_DeepinReality Sep 28 '22

Wearing a suit makes you feel more powerful.

https://www.sciencealert.com/research-shows-wearing-a-suit-changes-the-way-you-think

That was the first decent link, but iirc there is some research behind it

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u/Temple_of_Shroom Sep 28 '22

It’s the tie. Put this old white dude in Florida man outfit, tazer woulda been drawn

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u/Ok-Nefariousness9354 Sep 28 '22

It’s almost as though we don’t have enough context to accurately assess this 21 second video or something?

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u/Lebojr Sep 28 '22

We know enough that he believed WHO he is exempts him from investigation from a law enforcement officer. That is all the context I need.

Next person hauled in front of him in court needs to ask the judge, "Have you checked MY license plate? Because I work for McDonalds and should have the same exemptions as you, you ass clown".

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u/bilkeypies Sep 28 '22

It's not that he gets an exemption is that the stop was unlawful. As a judge, he knows that so the cop better realize that he won't be able to get away with illegal stops against someone who knows and enforces the law.

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u/Beanakin Sep 28 '22

Shouldn't he not be able to get away with illegal stops. Period. End of sentence. Not just illegal stops against a judge? If it was about it being an illegal stop, why not let him carry it to the end and get the cop in trouble?

If your answer is anything related to professional courtesy, there's a problem.

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u/rawrcutie Sep 28 '22

Shouldn’t he not be able to get away with illegal stops. Period. End of sentence.

Yes. Judge plausibly just wanted to get it over with and go home, so took the shortcut.

If it was about it being an illegal stop, why not let him carry it to the end and get the cop in trouble?

That would have been better, agreed.

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u/authentic1ne Sep 28 '22

Don’t need context. Who you know gets out of their car and approaches a cop with that kind of aggression? Nobody.

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u/Squidhead-rbxgt2 Sep 28 '22

People who get shot, judging by many police shooting breakdown videos.

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u/trixytrox Sep 28 '22

Also I imagine the cop’s reaction to someone jumping out of the car and acting like that would have been very different if it wasn’t an old white guy in a button down shirt and tie.

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u/authentic1ne Sep 28 '22

Right. Just so many things wrong with this video.

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u/MrPopanz Sep 28 '22

Wouldn't it be better if that kind of laid back(/normal) behaviour from police was more common? Especially if someone gets stopped for honking.

Or would it be better if the old guy got tasered and beaten only to make it fair?

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u/Kerberos1566 Sep 28 '22

Either way the cop acted corruptly.

If he pulled the judge over for a legitimate reason and let him off because he's a judge, that's textbook corruption.

If he pulled him over for some illegitimate reason and let him go because he found out who he was attempting to harass, he still attempted to harass an innocent person.

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u/moldykobold Sep 28 '22

How’s this for context? I have a friend who’s been busted by cops more times than I can count for possession of you name it. He’s never caught a charge or seen the inside of a cell cause his mom used to be the magistrate of the town we grew up in.

Makes sense the same would apply to a judge.

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u/Plumber4Life84 Sep 28 '22

My wife got out of a really bad speeding ticket because her family is close with the magistrate. So this definitely happens.

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u/lesbefriendly Sep 28 '22

What more context is needed?

Cop pulls someone over. Cop finds out it's a judge. Cop suddenly decides he didn't need to pull that person over.

The situation of the judge needs more information, but the cop is 100% in the wrong here. More information will determine how that is (unnecessary stop or overlooking crime because it was a judge).

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u/cenosillicaphobiac Sep 28 '22

He pulled him over for tailgating, before he could say anything, the judge assumed it was for honking and pulled out his privilege. The cop realized who he was and let him go.

The judge got reprimanded, I don't know about the cop but he should have too.

https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/board-issues-letter-to-lancaster-county-judge-over-his-traffic-stop-behavior/

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u/KrowJob Sep 28 '22

I feel that he's using his position as in "I know whats legal you moron" and was just to flustered to deal with the dumbass

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u/Archaea-a87 Sep 28 '22

That is possible. If that is the case, it is a bummer that a cop would choose to make an unjustified traffic stop and only acknowledge that fact when he realizes that he won't be able to get away with it. The average person does not know the ins and outs of every law and likely would have 1. Understandably reacted defensively and the situation would escalate 2. Accepted that the cop must know the law, thereby opening themselves up to further unjustified questioning or at least having a portion of their day wasted for no good reason.

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u/DEATHROAR12345 Sep 28 '22

If he didn't have status he wouldn't have been let go like that. You can bet your ass if he was some schmoo he'd have a citation

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u/bingold49 Sep 28 '22

I think his response was possibly based more in knowing his rights, that he was being pulled over for bs, and he knew that once the cop understood he was a judge, the cop would also understand what he knew, ya know?

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u/VicRambo Sep 28 '22

But if he was pulled over for honking, that cop wouldve been in a world of hurt

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u/Slamminslug Sep 28 '22

Yeah cop’d be over the coals. No probable cause.

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u/Kindly-Inevitable-12 Sep 28 '22

Depends on the state, non emergency use of horn is a legit traffic violation in a lot of states.

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u/Slamminslug Sep 28 '22

Thats unfortunate. The horn has many uses in non emergency situations. Such as preventing non emergency situations from escalating into an emergency situation.

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u/chaotik_penguin Sep 28 '22

"I think we should only get three honks a month on the car horn. Because people honk the car horn too much. Three honks. That's the limit. And then somebody cuts you off, you press your horn, nothing happens. You're like 'Shit, I wish I wouldn't have seen Ricky on the sidewalk.'"

-Mitch Hedberg

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u/CrazyCritterGirl Sep 28 '22

I'd have to move out of the state i live in to only need 3 honks per month. And I'm agoraphobic and only leave the house under duress.

People backing huge SUVs out without looking.

Changing 4 lanes of traffic without looking or signaling during rush hour.

Let's play whose blind spot can I sit in today.

Oh crap, there's a cop, everyone slam on your brakes in panic, only Oops. My brake lights burnt out.

Hey, buddy, I broke down. Got a rope to tow me? Sure, well be fine on the interstate at 75.

It is between September and April, snow birds going 45 in the fast lane and has had their blinker on for the last hour.

And the list goes on and on. Horns are very necessary. When my daughters first car didn't have a functional one, she was almost in several accidents in parking lots.

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u/EveryRedditorSucks Sep 28 '22

Preventing an emergency absolutely qualifies as emergency use so this is not a valid counterpoint

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u/the1rush Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

America has weird laws. Like crossing the road in places other than designated. Weird.

Edit; I get that's it a deterant against accidents, but I think it shows that people have no regard for their own or others safety.

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u/carebearstare93 Sep 28 '22

I mean resisting arrest can be the initial arresting offense in a lot of states. Probably one of the most obviously garbage laws.

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u/GeologistOld1265 Sep 28 '22

What I do not understand are cumulative sentences.

WTF is that? In place I was born, only biggest crime count. That prevent police to create million idiotic charges.

So, charge of resisting arrest does not exist, because of if that is biggest charge, what arrest was for?

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u/Grab3tto Sep 28 '22

For profit prison system in the US so they want to add on as much time as possible. Oh, then they bill you for your “stay” in prison once you get out.

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u/Cartographer_MMXX Sep 28 '22

True, for example, you can't have more than 3 sandwiches at the wake of a funeral in Missouri I think.

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u/Potentially_a_goose Sep 28 '22

Lived in Missouri most of my life. Never heard that one but here's my favorite waste of time laws.

-It is unlawful to firghten a baby in MO

-It is unlawful to honk another person's horn

-You need a permit to shave while driving.

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u/Cartographer_MMXX Sep 28 '22

"you scared the child, straight to jail"

I'm sorry, honking another person's horn? How's that work? Like, if the owner willingly allows you to drive it you don't get to use the safety features?

Also, no permit for doing makeup while driving? Wack.

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u/TheFckingMellowMan Sep 28 '22

I think they mean the passenger in the front seat honking the drivers horn. My friends and I would do that to each other occasionally when we were young and dumb. Passengers can get tickets too

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u/GeneralLeeRetarded Sep 28 '22

In Alberta it is under the definition of stunting..obviously it would depend on context. If you honked at a cat to get out of the road or a Jay walker that's fine I'd assume. Someone in front of you isn't moving as fast as you'd like, don't lay on your horn or you could get a ticket.

"According to the Alberta Traffic Safety Act, you can get a stunting ticket when you “perform or engage in any stunt or other activity on a roadway that is likely to distract, startle, or interfere with other users of the roadway”. "

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u/Pawpaw-22 Sep 28 '22

Well, the judge was honking at the “Honk if you’re horny” bumper sticker, so I think that’s legit use.

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u/Worshaw Sep 28 '22

As a former cop in one of those states, it’s a pretty lame excuse for a traffic stop. Like when you got nothing else, but you need to pull them over type thing.

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u/kamyu2 Sep 29 '22

Why do you "need" to pull someone over if you have to invent a lame bs reason to make it legal?

Seems to me that if you have a legitimate legal "need" then that would already give you a legal reason.

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u/Evolution529 Sep 28 '22

Blowing your horn is a form of protected speech. This is in Pennsylvania and the judge was reprimanded.

https://www.wgal.com/amp/article/judicial-conduct-board-ruled-judge-reinaker-breached-the-code-of-conduct/30364008

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u/GeneralDisorder Sep 28 '22

If he was pulled over for tailgating... good. That doesn't get enforced any of the places I drive and it should be.

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u/Paladin_Dank Sep 28 '22

The full video gives a bit more context and it probably wasn't an illegal stop all. The judge was pulled over for tailgating, blowing his horn, and probably speeding. There's no audio at first but he blew his horn as he sped past on a rainy day. He was probably tailgating because he was pissed the cop was driving for the conditions and blew past him the first chance he could get knowing he wouldn't face any consequences:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6n_SC5xgeA

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u/Gasonfires Sep 28 '22

Believe it or not, many places have laws telling you when you can and can't honk.

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u/MooseThirty Sep 28 '22

But apparently they can get out of their car, walk aggressively towards a cop while threatening them without the cop fearing for their life and opening fire. Must be some magic.

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u/grednforgesgirl Sep 28 '22

+well dressed middle aged white guy with polished shoes who looks like he has money

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u/Reynbuckets Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

They aren’t. But this vid gives us no context. Cops oftentimes abuse their position and try to nail someone for something negligible just cus they can. If the cop tried to do that in this instance, then it was good of the judge to set him right. However, if the judge truly did something deserving of getting pulled over, then cop should have booked him like anyone else. Without context tho, we don’t know what the situation was.

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u/mphetameme Sep 28 '22

Cops oftentimes abuse their position and try to nail someone for something negligent just cus they can.

My friend was behind a cop at a red light and the light turned green but the cop didn't move. After a long pause she gave a little honk, as you would any other driver. Cop pulled her over and she happened to not have her registration with her, so she got a $230 ticket for that plus several other tickets (I don't know for what) but it was several hundred dollars worth. The entire thing was captured on video so she fought it. Fortunately the cop didn't show up to court so the tickets got tossed but fuck that cop.

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u/Reynbuckets Sep 28 '22

Perfect example. I’m reminded of a vid that was posted on social media recently by a female officer, exclaiming that “when a cop is driving behind you and you are going slow, move the F out the way! We can come up with a reason to stop you and cite you, just get the F out the way!” That’s the type of mentality that’s inexcusable by anyone in a position of power.

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u/TheGreatestOutdoorz Sep 28 '22

It’s also edited. There could have been ten minutes between “you better check the registration” and “have a good day judge”.

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u/Helpful_guy Sep 28 '22 Helpful

https://youtu.be/C6n_SC5xgeA

Judge was tailgating a cop in a marked car while it was raining, the cop pulled into the turn lane, at which point the judge honked, blew past him in a 35 zone, and then was immediately pulled over for driving like an asshole, in a manner that was not safe given the road conditions.

As much as cops are generally pieces of shit these days, the judge was very much acting like an entitled little brat because he knows he is essentially above the law.

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u/shermski4 Sep 28 '22

This judge lost his ass over this. Lancaster County PA.

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u/Survey_Server Sep 28 '22

Looks like he got less than a slap on the wrist, but that's just from my quick google search

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u/michaelraffeallo Sep 28 '22

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u/shermski4 Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

You won't find much in writing about how much of a pariah he turned into as a result of this (locally). He essentially went from a widely supported favorite son of the court and was rumored to be pursuing PA AG & possible Gov bid to someone the public would love to see stand in front of one of his peers overnight.

Edit Disclaimer: this judge is a piece of shit and should be disbarred. apparently my position wasn't clear.

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u/UnusualWind5 Sep 28 '22

"The board could have filed charges in the Court of Judicial Discipline but decided not to."

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u/pyramidpants Sep 28 '22

Seems as though they are.

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u/rickstar_247 Sep 28 '22

I mean he is power tripping, judges aren't above the law.

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u/RealBowsHaveRecurves Sep 28 '22

Are we assuming he was pulled over for more than a use of horn?

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u/Augusic Sep 28 '22

He was tailgating, and: "...the Judicial Conduct Board announced it had completed its investigation of the incident. It said there’s enough evidence to “warrant the filing of charges in the Court of Judicial Discipline,” but that the board opted to publicly release a Letter of Counsel admonishing Reinaker instead."

https://wskg.org/pa-judge-admonished-for-abusing-power-at-traffic-stop/

So there was enough reason to charge him, but instead they punished him by making him read a letter telling him he was a bad boy.

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u/jljones83 Sep 28 '22

"In its letter, the board wrote it would not be filing charges because Reinaker cooperated with the investigation, the conduct was "brief and singular in nature," he apologized to Officer Snader, he accepted responsibility and he self-reported the incident on June 14. The board said the letter must be made public in lieu of charges being filed."

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/judge-reinaker-violated-judicial-ethics-during-east-lampeter-traffic-stop-oversight-board-says/article_d33d11a6-2b48-11ea-848b-6368bdb0142c.html

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u/samdavi Sep 28 '22

It doesn’t matter what he was pulled over for. He should behave like any normal citizen is expected to.

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u/timpanzeez Sep 28 '22

There wasn’t an attempt to mess with the Judge. There was an attempt to rightfully ticket the judge for tailgating dangerously which he successfully bullied the cop into not giving him.

On a side note, just lovely how much confidence this man had to get out of his car and angrily approach a police officer without any fear of being attacked by said cop. What a world it must be to have that kind of confidence

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u/chmrz52 Sep 28 '22

Was the music at the end…? Actually nevermind

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u/Master_Gargoyle Sep 28 '22

Just shows a corrupt system

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u/monosuperboss1 Sep 28 '22

there was an attempt to make the law apply to all

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u/premiumcaulk Sep 28 '22

What an entitled piece of shit. If I got out of my car yelling at a cop even for a bullshit pull over cause, I'd be in fucking cuffs.

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u/TadpoleJohnson Sep 28 '22

You’d be lucky to be in cuffs and not look like Swiss cheese instead

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u/BackAtchoo Sep 28 '22

Not if you live in Alaska lol

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u/DoJax Sep 28 '22

What an entitled piece of shit. If I got out of my dogsled yelling at a cop even for a bullshit pull over cause, I'd be in fucking cuffs and earmuffs.

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u/PROFESSIONALBLOGGERS Sep 28 '22

Not if you're the Iditarod judge

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u/HaphazardFlitBipper Sep 28 '22

So did the judge get away with something because he was a judge? Or was the cop intending to victimize an innocent person until he found out his potential victim was a judge?

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u/badturtlejohnny Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

First time I've seen DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM work.

Fuck both of these guys. Rules for thee, not for me.

Edit: A lot of bootlickers here that can't accept this simple fact: those in power abuse it. Stop reaching into your asses for excuses and accept the reality we live in. There is no scenario or context where this isn't abuse of power.

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u/Peepsandspoops Sep 28 '22

Exactly. Everyone saying "well maybe the cop was in the wrong"... yeah, maybe, but that's for a court to determine, like everyone else. This is just two assholes greasing each other's palms.

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u/SleepyAviator Sep 28 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

I am the court, bitch...

  • this judge probably
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u/NOURAT0W3L Sep 28 '22

Pussy ass cop. Grow a spine.

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u/StewofPuppies Sep 28 '22

If I walked up to a cop with tha6 body language, I'd be eating gravel/cement on account I fell on the floor face first after being tazed

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u/ABenevolentDespot Sep 28 '22

Another entitled male Karen asshole.

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u/[deleted] Sep 28 '22

Should’ve immediately tased the judge

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u/Ok-Syllabub-132 Sep 28 '22

Call him mister like how you would talk to a child.

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u/VanHJr Sep 28 '22

Call the judge and get some fudge!!

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u/Beepboopbop69420360 Sep 28 '22

ticket arrives in mail

Judge: THAT MOTHERFUCKER

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u/franciscom92 Sep 28 '22

This is legit how a democracy dies.

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u/WillLie4karma Sep 29 '22

I grew up the son of a Judge. I'm very ADHD and was a reckless kid who got pulled over a lot. Aside from my ticket in another city, I got out of every ticket just by using my dad's name. I should have gotten each and every 1 of those tickets, all not getting them did was build a distrust for cops, as I know 1st hand how corrupt the system is.

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u/Thormoor Oct 12 '22

Perfect example of corruption right there.

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u/democon Oct 27 '22

This is called abuse of authority

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u/TGxP1nkM1st 20d ago

Looks like this judge needs to be knocked down a peg or two. That was a thinly veiled threat. That judge is clearly throwing his weight around. And no I’m not talking about his body mass. I mean heavy is the head that wears the crown. His crown is like a full diaper with the tantrum to match.

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u/Achilles0826 Sep 28 '22

Good to see a judge being above the law that helps me but faith in his judgement

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u/Banjoplaya420 Sep 28 '22

Oh ! So just because he’s a judge he gets special privileges?

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u/Wsemenske Sep 29 '22

I honestly interpreted as "hey don't charge me with a bullshit crime because I will easily win the case because I'm a judge"

Though considering the guy turned out to be an asshole, it's definitely him trying to get special treatment.

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u/kal_drazidrim Sep 28 '22

So being a judge means you can break the law with impunity? WTF?

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u/moving0target Sep 29 '22

Stomping towards a police car after you've been pulled over doesn't go well for the rest of us.

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u/Syrupskater Sep 29 '22

I don't understand how this kind of corruption gets only as far as Reddit.

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u/Echo-2-2 Nov 01 '22

Fuck this judge. And this cop.

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u/HendoRules 28d ago

Uhhh corruption? Judges can also break laws....

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u/Weak_Tower385 28d ago

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. - Lord Acton

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u/snuggleuface Sep 28 '22

Nice to know that we live in a place where your occupation doesn't make you immune to the law.... Oh wait it does? Oh shite alright have a good day sir

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u/IronSavage3 Sep 28 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

If that was a similarly sized black man he would’ve been shot for approaching an officer like that, even if he was a judge.

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u/cheesytreesy Sep 28 '22

Corrupt cop and a corrupt judge.

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u/Dudezila Sep 28 '22

I see corruption

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u/snowbirdnerd Sep 28 '22

Can anyone say abuse of power?

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u/Grey___Goo_MH Sep 28 '22

Caste system

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u/EchoPhi Sep 28 '22

All of the animosity, misgivings, hate, outrage, protestations, anger, face-palms, soul crushing, unfairness, and a tinge of "white", wrapped up into one video less than 15 seconds.

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u/Yummucummy Sep 28 '22

If that was a coloured man getting out of his car and started walking this aggressive towards a cop he would have been shot. Without hesitation, no doubt.

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u/Particular_Try7974 Sep 28 '22

This is horrible. The judge should be fired. We would at least prosecute a judge for this violation in New Jersey.

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u/karex145 Sep 29 '22

Rules for thee, but not for me...

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u/LordBaikalOli Sep 29 '22

I bet if he was black he would have been shot or at least pointed a gun at and screamed at.

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u/L7Wennie Sep 29 '22

Would of been pure gold if the cop replied, “get back in your vehicle or I’ll hold you in contempt.”

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u/ChemistZestyclose849 Sep 29 '22

That judge thought he was untouchable... and it turns out that he is 😠👨🏼‍⚖️

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u/Aimjock Oct 21 '22

So because he’s a judge, he’s immune to the law? Okay

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u/one_tarheelfan 22d ago

Ticket his butt...he's not above the law.

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u/somthnNclever 19d ago

Cop should've opened fire for getting out of the vehicle so aggressively.

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u/cleanscotch Sep 28 '22

This is the most American thing ever to think you're above the law like this and strut towards a cop like that.

If he wasnt white this couldve gone south quickly

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