Disgraceful: How an Ohio State Trooper's Dereliction of Duty Cost a Man His Life
There is a reason drunk driving is taken so seriously by law enforcement. Putting aside the fact that inebriated drivers kill thousands of people each year, idiots will try to convince others that most people can drive just fine while under the influence. No. There's always at least one life at risk when someone drives drunk— the life of the driver himself.
The primary goal of the police is the same no matter what part of the country you're in— to protect and save lives indiscriminately. Police officers that pick and choose who to help have no business being in the profession. A few deviants can give the entire group a bad image.
From the Columbus Dispatch:
The DCSO has what's called a "shall arrest" policy regarding DUI. That is, if you're suspected of drunk driving, the deputy cannot let it slide— he must arrest you. In this case, an arrest would've saved Popoca's life.
Deputies Derek Beggs and Christopher Hughes disgraced the uniform they wore and dishonored the entire law enforcement profession with their discriminatory and unprofessional behavior by treating Popoca as a nuisance to rid themselves of rather than a man whose safety was in their hands. Their failure to act according to prescribed department policies, even to take Popoca into custody for his own protection, cost a man his life, left a family broken and tarnished the reputation of good police everywhere.
Even a supervisor got into the mix when calls began rolling in for help. From the Daily Beast:
For every reasonable individual that will recognize this incident for what it is— an isolated incident that does not reflect a majority— countless more will use it to demonize our law enforcement. We must praise those that serve honorably, but more importantly, we must cast out those that don't.
State Trooper Sean Carpenter had the chance to save a life. He failed:
People like Beggs and Hughes are the reason why good cops are disrespected. Troopers like Sean Carpenter are the reason why bad cops are still out there.
See the full court case here.
Stay alert. Stay alive.