Notice that the mayor thinks the problem is "threats and bad publicity"? She just doesn't get it. The chief of police doesn't get it. Officer Stephens is apparently incapable of ever getting it. They all need counseling and new jobs at the animal shelter.
I'm glad to see that the "Friends of Missy" are offering to put up $100 and a free website plus help with filing fees to anyone who will register to run against the mayor. Unfortunately the deadline to file is 8/26. I'd hate to see the mayor run unopposed after failing us so badly. I wish I had the time and experience to do so. We desperately need someone to step up to the plate. Maybe a beloved former mayor, who lost by only a few votes, who didn't want a recount to divide the city. Please, David. We need you now.
Our mayor thinks that "people are just looking for things they can get angry about". Well, that just makes me angrier. Officer Stephens might be a fine fellow, even a good old boy, but he just doesn't have the ability to make the kind of judgment calls a police officer has to make on the fly and when least expected. The mayor also said the time it took for the stop was 17 not 20 minutes. So what. The last ticket I got took less than 3 minutes. Is the dog any less dead? The mayor asked "how can we learn from this?" I learned that we have the wrong mayor, the wrong chief of police and a cop with an attitude. She also asked "how can we make it better?" Simple answer; a new mayor, a new chief of police and one less police officer.
I agree that David Chiu would make a great mayor, again.
1- Run your license plate ('puterized)
2- retrieve your license and insurance card
3- run your TDL # ('puterized)
4- write the ticket
5- issue ticket, return license and ins. card
If it takes more than five minutes tell him to hurry up.
If that makes him belligerent, file a complaint.
A police officer has the right to enforce the law, not waste your time.
Usually the less you say the quicker it's over.
A cop is not a god, he's a public servant.
My last ticket was for speeding and was dismissed because there was no other traffic and I was not a safety hazard to others. You can beat a lot of tickets on the safety issue.
I know this for sure, Officer Stephens has an attitude problem, and he has a gun and a badge.
Im with you Kau, at first I was a little pissed. Now Im really pissed. If this gonzalez kid would have not jumped out of the car acting like a TOTAL IDIOT the police officer would have written him a ticket and he would have been on his way. I have watched the entire video from both police cars and now realize Officer Stephens might have said some aweful things but the way this kid was acting there is no way I would have wanted to be on the same road as he. And as far as the mayor and chief of police are concerned why is it their fault? Its sucks when people are just trying to find a scapegoat. I think the kid was at fault for not having a LOCAL vet to treat his dog. And what Im saying here is if you take your pet to a vet in town on a regular basis, show me one vet that will NOT meet you at his office after hours for an emergency! I support our public officials and feel they did the right thing !
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"Officer Stephens might have said some aweful (sic) things"
That's it in a nutshell, scooter. If he had said what he did as a private citizen - no problem. Unfortunately, he was acting as a public servant and showed an attitude problem unbecoming of an officer of the law. As for the mayor and chief, again it is attitude. When the mayor said "people are just looking for things they can get angry about" she threw gas on the fire. I totally agree with her statement that "this is a sad situation for all concerned". If the situation had been handled better, the dog would have probably died anyway, but a police officer wouldn't have embarassed himself, the police department and the city of San Marcos.
Kau it would have been illegal for the officer to escort them at a speed over the speed limit to the vet clinic in New Braunfels outside of the obvious jurisdictional problems. Actually at 25-30 miles an hour over the speed limit the driver should have been arrested. Texas law does not allow officers to escort vehicles in times of emergency at sppeds higher than the speed limit, because it is dangerous and stupid. In general aggitated people make lousy drivers and at high speeds they become dangerous. If the story had been a family killed on I-35 because the officer let them go, not only would the officer be liable but so would the entire city, and most of the people calling for the officer's dismissal would be screaming for his head.
I gotta agree that there is only one issue here, what the officer said and how he said it. A smart ass response like that would get you fired from most jobs but it seems that cops here are held to a lower standard.
It seems like both sides of this argument have let emotions run amuck. The PETA rejects in "the friends of missy" have gone all looney. Read their threat in the comments to the news items on the home page.
There ain't no easy way out of this mess.