Even the Powerful Are Not Above the Law

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Bob Weir is a veteran of 20 years with the New York Police Dept. (NYPD), ten of which were performed in plainclothes undercover 
assignments. Bob began a writing career about 12 years ago and had his first
book published in 1999. He
 also became a syndicated columnist under the title “Weir Only Human.”

I’ve known a lot of politicians in my life, from New York City, to Long Island, to Denton County, Texas. During my 20 years as a cop in the Big Apple I had to deal with the politics within and without the department. It might be a union leader whom I opposed because he was taking us down the wrong path, an incompetent lieutenant with a bad habit of blaming his foul-ups on his subordinates, or a habitual drunk-driving State Assemblyman living in my patrol area who thought he was invulnerable because of his “connections.” I never had any respect for people who abused their official positions. I had heard about that Assemblyman from a few of the other cops in my precinct. Essentially, they told me to give the guy a pass if I ever happened to witness his inebriated traffic infractions.

Although I was a rookie cop with a lot to learn about the “rules” of preferential treatment toward those with clout, I grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan, raised by a tough mom who taught me to never back down in the face of adversity. Now, I was a cop in Brooklyn and I was getting an education about the pecking order of that system commonly known as “justice.” Well, as fate would have it, one night I had occasion to cross paths with the obnoxious state representative. My partner and I saw a black Cadillac with its lights off as it moved erratically along Bedford Avenue.

I put the roof lights on and noticed the thick-necked driver casually eye the rotating beams in his rearview mirror. He continued driving for about a half mile until I gave a quick blast on the siren. Even then he drove a few more blocks before pulling over. As I exited my vehicle, his door opened and he swung one leg out, followed by a short struggle to plant the other one on the pavement. He proceeded to lift himself out of the vehicle, stumbling slightly as he reached for balance against the door frame. As I approached him with flashlight glowing, his eyes were so bloodshot it was hard to see any white around the pupils.

With such an obvious demonstration of drunken driving I was expecting a mournful mea culpa from the hulking figure, dressed in a rumpled suit and tie. Instead, the scowl on his ruddy face could have been perceived as an imminent attack. “Please get back in your car sir and let me see some identification,” I said. “Hey, didn’t you see my plate?” he barked, referring to the New York State Assembly insignia attached to his license plate. “Sir, are you going to show me some ID?” I replied. He backed up slightly, still leaning against the car to keep from falling. Then, he looked toward my partner who was standing next to our vehicle with the roof lights still on. “Don’t you guys know who I am?” he demanded, slurring his words.

Realizing I was getting nowhere with this reprobate, I walked past him, reached into his car, shut the engine and took the keys. “What da f**k ya think you’re doin’?”he shouted, grabbing my arm to get his keys. Now, as they say, the die had been cast! That bum didn’t think it was possible for a mere cop to challenge his majestic authority. What followed was not pretty, but necessary. Suffice to say that his suit was even more rumpled by the time I put cuffs on him and got him into the station house. It turned out that it was his first DWI arrest, undoubtedly because he had always intimidated his way out of such situations.

Nevertheless, as a first time offender (as far as the law was concerned) he, with the help of a lawyer friend of his, pleaded to reckless driving or some other lesser offense and simply paid a fine. I however, found myself with a schedule change and some very demeaning beats to walk during Midnight to 8am tours. In addition, a sergeant was assigned to give me extra supervision as I walked those ice-cold winter streets for the duration of my “punishment.” Again, this is why I’ve always detested people who abuse their positions of power. By the way, thanks to a friend of mine who worked for a local newspaper, his arrest did not go unnoticed by his constituents; he lost his bid for reelection. That state rep was convinced that he was above the law, but, the voters quickly disabused him of that notion.

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Bob Weir is a veteran of 20 years with the New York Police Dept. (NYPD), ten of which were performed in plainclothes undercover assignments. Bob began a writing career about 16 years ago and had his first book published in 1999. He also became a syndicated columnist under the title “Weir Only Human.”



Bob WeirEven the Powerful Are Not Above the Law

Comments 6

  1. REMINDS ME OF TRUMP DOESN’T IT…THINKS HE IS ABOVE THE LAW…too bad you don’t apply the same standards to this president..Read the Mueller report !

    1. The Dems refrain is always “Nobody is above the law” except illegals & Eric Holder, B. Obama, Hillary, Clapper, Mueller, Brennan, Comey, Susan Rice, Brain dead and 5 draft exemption Joe Biden just to name a few-you know Eric Holder former A.G. who said he was Obama’s wing man, lied about Fast & Furious and who was a racist.

    2. Well, I read the Mueller Report and it said Trump did not collude with Russia. What it didn’t say was that Hillary Clinton did collude and the Clinton Foundation received about $150 million when they sold our uranium to a Russian company.

      1. you didnt read the report because it made it abundantly clear that there was evidence that Trump and or his campaign welcomed Russian interference which was sweeping and systematic…and if you also read Cyber Wars by Katherine Hill Jamieson you would understand that it is mathmatically not probable that the Russian intervention did not elect Donald Trump…And if you watched FOX news Shepard Smith report on the so called Uranium One episode Hillary Clinton herself was totally out of the loop. No US uranium was transferred out of the US to Russia. In fact 9 separate US agencies had to approve of Uranium One including the Atomic Energy Commission and the NSA…so if you insist on repeating the garbage nonsense put out by the right wing media and particularly by Sean Hannity Laura Ingraham Jeanine pirro Rush Limbaugh then you are getting bad information which apparently you are too lazy to google

        1. Stop reading and listening to FAKE NEWS MEDIA!! If there was any scintilla of proof that President Trump colluded with the Russians, the Mueller Report would have been the rope the left wing America-hating Democrats needed to impeach him. The fact that he’s still in office and the economy is stronger than ever, and black, Hispanic, Asian and women unemployment numbers are lower than any time in history is indicative of the great job he’s doing. Democrats hate him for doing so much to improve this country, so they’re running a bunch of Marxist candidates who want to destroy what we have and usher in socialism. The Democrat Party has never been so fractured and desperate as they are entering the 2020 campaign. Patriotic Americans will never vote for socialists who hate the country that feeds, clothes and houses their worthless butts!

    3. You poor ignorant thing. If hillary had been elected, she would have already sold the United States to Canada for a few billion dollar donation to her “Charitable Foundation! Get over yourself and grow up.jpgvs1

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