Canton, OH - A man took to Facebook to complain about a police officer who was a big jerkface and gave his wife a ticket. Canton PD responded by releasing bodycam video of the traffic stop which is sure to shut the whiner up (video below.)
On the department's Facebook web site, a ticketed driver's husband posted this: ”Watch for Jones Jr.. badge number 157. Was a jerk to my wife and must have needed to make quota she was driving and didn’t know her lights weren’t on he treated her like trash and was disrespectful. Watch out for this Guy.”
Just a few hours later, the Canton Police Department released Officer Jones' bodycam video, and posted it on their Facebook page in response. It also said: "This is a review that we received on our Facebook page. Here is the video from the traffic stop."
According to WKYC, the incident occurred on June 2. After Officer Jones pulled the driver over, he walked up to her vehicle to talk with her. The incident was recorded on bodycam video, and the officer appeared courteous and respectful throughout the encounter.
The female driver, who was the only apparent occupant of the vehicle, did not appear to realize that her headlights were not on. She also told the officer that she thought the speed limit was 65 MPH instead of 55 MPH (world's most common traffic ticket excuse.)
The driver was deserving of a speeding ticket, but Officer Jones decided to give her a break by writing her a ticket for the cheaper non-moving violation of driving with her headlights off.
After Canton PD posted the video, the original whiner apparently deleted his post.
Complaints like this encourage officers to stop giving drivers breaks on their tickets.
If an officer stops somebody for speeding, but they also have a license plate light out, or some other minor violation, then the officer can write them for the cheaper minor offense. However, doing so greatly increases the chance of getting complaints of being an overzealous officer writing tickets for the smallest of violations. [Editor's Note: Complaints generated after writing minor violations over more serious violations are why I stopped giving anybody breaks. Now I always write the most serious offense and complaints disappeared.]
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