No one is above the law
Out of Bounds
Not me, but my pastor was the police chaplain in our town. He wrote a sheriff’s deputy a ticket for parking his cruiser in a no parking zone (it was either a school zone or a fire hydrant) and it wasn’t for police business so he couldn’t argue out of it. S–tstorm from the deputy about he’s a cop and you can’t ticket cops.
About 3 weeks later my youth group (lyo) has a trip to go bowling in a city the next county over. Well douche bag deputy decides to pull a u turn through the grass median and pull over my pastor with a bunch of us high schoolers. Pulls our pastor out and walks him back to his cruiser to give him a ticket for speeding (thb I’m not sure if pastor was/wasn’t speeding). Pastor comes back and said he got a speeding ticket and wonders what the deputy is doing in the next county over, and not like a stone’s throw from the line, we’re talking miles over the line where he shouldn’t be.
My town had recently had a big stink about our local cops not being where they should be, so that the sheriff’s office was doing that too riled some folks. (GandalffladnaG)
A Ticket War
Not me but my old criminal justice teacher, who used to be a cop, once told us a story about how he got pulled over by a cop from a different city, but still the same county. He tried telling him he was a cop and showed his badge but the cop wasn’t having it. He got so annoyed he got out of his car and walked up the cop writing the ticket and started mouthing off to him which definitely didn’t help. The next couple of months, my teacher’s city and the other cops city got into a ticket war and would write each other tickets if they saw that they were a cop from one of the two cities. So basically they got into a police ticket war. (elijahweir)
They know better
Created throwaway to answer this question. I have absolutely written tickets to other cops, and for several reasons:
They know better.
It’s hypocritical – they’re doing something they would write tickets for in their home jurisdiction.
It’s disrespectful (when they flash a badge or something), they know they’re asking me to make an ethical compromise.
Now, if they’re doing something that I would 50/50 give a warning for to an average person, they’re vastly more likely to get a warning (think 8-9 over, cellphone). Same with dismissable offenses (e.g. no driver license in possession – something that would get dismissed by the court for anyone by law). But if it’s something I would 100% write a ticket for, they’re not going to get a warning instead.
Some cops are very respectful, and will only say something after the stop is done and over with. Some you can tell just because they act slightly out of the ordinary, e.g. they’ll address you properly, “Trooper”/”Deputy”/”Officer”, put their hands on the wheel, roll all the windows down, etc. Some try to mention it on the sly, “I have my off-duty weapon with me” is a favorite. Others will literally hang their badge out the window as they come to a stop – I mean, really? (this also happens with military, they hand their military ID over with driver license)
Anyway, that’s it. You can tell some get a little salty when they realize they’re getting a ticket, but none have argued, because there is absolutely nothing for them to stand on.
Edit: Today I have learned an important thing about military handing over their ID! I will henceforth disregard it as an attempt to get out of a ticket.
Thanks for everyone’s comments on that, it was something I honestly had no idea about. (throw_away_60652)