Not every crime has to be taken so seriously
Now that nearly the entire world is wired with surveillance, it can be very hard to get away with anything. Even some police officers wear cameras on their bodies. (This practice holds officers accountable for their actions and provides video proof for courts later.) This can be a great thing, but it may make it harder for cops to let people go with a warning when they feel like writing a ticket or taking the perp to jail isn’t worth what they did wrong.
Take it from these officers… They didn’t want to ruin lives over insignificant crimes, so they pretended they didn’t see anything.
Live and Let Live
Housing cop in the Bronx, late 1970s – early 1980s. Stoop/sidewalk drinkers who were minding their own business. Expired tags because why mess with a working stiff who’s doing their best to make their own way. Older teenagers drinking cheap beer who kept their noise down to a dull roar. Everyone deserves respect.
I was focused on taking guns and serious criminals off the street. (p**sbum-emeritus)
Just Go Home
Former Cop. For public Intoxication, if the subject was not a danger to himself or others, I could drive them home and release them to a “sober, competent adult.” My chief hated that because of liability issues transporting someone in the car. It was a lawful tool at my disposal. Not going to arrest someone for that if I have other legal recourse. (gnrowland)
If two people were angry/got in a fight and wanted the other arrested, I would detain them, have their buddies babysit them and then revisit the situation a few hours later. Almost every time both parties had enough time to cool off and would decide to withdraw their complaints. (TomTheNurse)