Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I can screw you over

These words really are a perfect expression of how most cops feel about their jobs. As Dallas police officer Robert Powell says this to Ryan Moats, who ran a red light while rushing to the hospital where his mother-in-law was dying, you can hear in Powell's voice how much of a hard on it gives him to be able to say this. Even after Moats gives up on trying to talk reason to him and just starts replying "yes sir" to everything he says, he continues listing all the ways he can fuck him over. Why? Because it makes his peepee hard. I'm not saying that every cop is like this. No doubt some aren't. But if you investigated the reason why most cops chose their job, you'd find that being able to treat people like this makes their dick get hard. And that's really all there is to it.

Part One

Part Two

And what makes this story even richer? Police Chief David Kunkle has now admitted that it appears Powell was following Moats before he ran the red light that caused all the trouble. Yep. He was following him. P-R-O-F-I-L-I-N-G


  1. MRAman3/31/2009

    So you don't think women can be cops? That's prety nonfeminist.

  2. @ MRAman

    I'm actually glad you chose that username. Most MRAs are too cowardly to be open about their beliefs in interactions with feminists online and hide behind some feminine username. Of course, that's totally transparent, but at least you're a tad less hypocritical.

    I think both male and female cops are very likely to have this mentality. I've interacted with female cops who appear to be turned on by the power trip involved in their job. I don't doubt that they've been mistreated as a kid (bullied or verbally abused) and that has led them to choose a job where they're the powerful one who gets to terrorize others. And that's a sad dynamic. But it's a profound social problem that police culture in our nation fosters and encourages this kind of mentality in police officers of both genders. My problem here is not with male police officers - it's with the police culture that shelters and encourages them.

  3. Schmitty3/31/2009

    Do you have a transcript from the video? My soundcard is messed up.

  4. There doesn't seem to be a complete transcript available, but here's the most infuriating part:

    Moats: You really want to go through this right now? My mother-in-law is dying. Right now! ... I got seconds before she's dying, man!

    Powell: If my mom was dying I'd probably be a little upset too, but when I saw flashing red and blues, I would stop.

    Moats: Did I not stop at the red light?

    Powell: You stopped, then you drove through the red light.

    Moats: I stopped, I checked the traffic, I waved the traffic off, then I turned.

    Powell: This is not an emergency vehicle. You do not have the right to control the traffic.

    Moats: OK. All right ... just go ahead and check my insurance so I can go ahead and go. If you're gonna give me a ticket, give me a ticket. I really don't care, just ...

    Powell: Your attitude says that you need one.

    Moats: I don't have an attitude. All I'm asking you is just to hurry up. Cause you're standing here talking to me...

    Powell: Shut your mouth and listen.

    Moats: Shut my mouth? Is that how you talk to me, too?

    Powell: Shut your mouth and listen. If you want to keep this going, I'll just put you in handcuffs, and I'll take you to jail for running a red light.

    Moats: OK. All right.

    Powell: I can do that.

    Moats: OK.

    Powell: State law says I can.

    Moats: Yes, sir. Go ahead.

    Powell: If you don't settle down that's what I'm gonna do.

    Moats: Yes, sir.

    Powell: All right, If you don't settle down, your truck's illegally parked – I'll tow that as well.

    Moats: Yes, sir.

    Powell: OK, I can screw you over. I'd rather not do that. Your attitude will dictate everything that happens, and right now, your attitude sucks.

    Moats: Yes, sir.

    Powell: OK, I turned my red and blues on as you were going over the bridge ...

    Moats: You think I'm gonna stop when my wife's mother is dying?

    Powell: You are required to stop. What you're doing does not matter. Red and blues, you have to stop. I can charge you with fleeing right now.

    Moats: Yes, sir. ...

    Powell: I can take you to jail. I can tow your truck. I can charge you with fleeing.

    Moats: Yes, sir, you can. I understand.

    Powell: I can make your night very difficult.

    Moats: I hope you'll be a great person and not do that.

  5. It's great that they have the audio so clearly in this case. In my experience, this is exactly how cops talk all the time. The more they're assholery is revealed to the public, the better.