Last March, a Portland, OR LEO decided to park his cruiser in a no parking zone outside of a restaurant in order to pick up his meal. An attorney inside the restaurant saw this happen and confronted the officer, who replied:
“If someone broke into your house, would you rather have the police be able to park in front of your house or have to park three blocks away and walk there?”
The attorney was rightly outraged that the officer was incapable of understanding the difference between responding to an emergency, and responding to hunger, and filed several complaints against the officer.
Officers want our respect for the often dangerous job they do, but if they are unwilling to give us the same respect in return, all they will get is a grand public sneer. Here’s hoping that the Portland Department understands the problem and lets the officer enjoy his $450 in fines so as to remind the other officers to be respectful, and to win back a little public respect.