A group of Miami-Dade police officers was disciplined following a 2010 internal affairs investigation, police documents showed.
Five police officers and one sergeant with the Kendall squad were allegedly caught on camera ignoring emergency dispatch calls. The video, obtained by NBC 6 South Florida, shows incidents like one on Oct. 5, 2010 where Officer Dario Socarras apparently ignored a residential burglary call and chose to meet a woman at the Dadeland Mall parking lot. The video shows the officer hugging and kissing the woman in what the police investigation calls a public display of affection.
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In one case NBC 6 has video of a cop and his sgt. drinking coffee at a restaurant when a call came in for the officer to respond to reports of an unconscious 5 month old infant. Both cops just sat there and continued to drink their coffee.
Small wonder so many cops become defensive to the point of violence when they see a citizen video taping them.
The fact is (same as it’s ever been) that you alone are responsible for your self protection. Numerous courts have ruled that the police have no mandate to protect any particular individual. Their job is to protect society at large by enforcing the law. And, cops carry a gun for their own protection, not yours.
To put it in snarky terms, it takes 15 minutes on average for police to show up in an emergency. A 9mm bullet travels 1,200 feet per second. Shoot first and dial 911 later.
Hat tip: JAG