“The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.”
I really should know better…It’s like the “Q Word,” no sooner do I relate the dullness of the season to you, then a report scuttles across my desk.
At our last home football game, we had police officers from four departments, the county sheriff’s department, and all of our student employees to direct traffic, conduct security checks, etc. This is pretty much standard operating procedure, and certainly nothing new. All of our kids are highly trained to do all of these jobs and have been doing so for some years now.
However on this day one gentleman, deciding he was going to drive against traffic and in the opposite direction a student officer was directing him, squealed out of a lot. He endangered dozens of pedestrians, made a dangerous nuisance of himself, and when the student got in front of him to stop him, he hesitated, and then hit him with his car. One of our full time police officers saw this happen and dashed over to help, ordering the driver out of the car. At which point he purposefully hit her with the car, severely damaging her knees!
Luckily for us, the entire incident was caught on the camera of a highway patrolman. As I understand it, there are both surgeries and charges pending. The icing on the cake, his reasoning!
Lt. Rhoades, “He said our kid wasn’t a police officer and therefore couldn’t tell him what to do and was in his way.”
Me with a slow blink, “So hit him. With a car.”
Lt. Rhoades, “Apparently.”
“Me, “And what, exactly, then was his reason for hitting an actual police officer?”
Lt. Rhoades, “That doesn’t seem to have been worked out yet.”
Be ye therefore comforted, minions, people are back to behaving like themselves again!