Comments: Contempt Of Cop: Update 2

I'd think that the moment this officer threatened to murder a citizen who wasn't actually threatening him was the moment someone should have said "hey, this guy just committed a felony on camera - maybe we don't want known criminals to be police officers on our force..."

I've seen enough police/public interaction to know when an officer has gone off the rails. Yeah, you can be grumpy, yeah, you can even threaten force when necessary - but when you tell someone that you're going to murder him and get away with it, you just proved that you're not a cop - you're just a thug who scammed his way into a job that you're not really qualified to perform.

Posted by cirby at August 5, 2011 01:45 PM

I saw an interesting comment on another site that has stuck with me. "When I see a cop wearing unseasonable black gloves, I think 'gang colors'."

Posted by Phelps at August 5, 2011 01:55 PM

All emails came from out of state, I smell a lying rat with an agenda.

Posted by LAZRTX at August 5, 2011 04:26 PM

As off the wall as the videos project, this officer certainly should not be on the street and in contact witht the public at this time.

I hope that a thorough review of his entire career including videos, his entire jacket history, and partner interviews would be considered. I'm generally pro-cop. There is a chance that this behavior is mostly recent and could indicate a medical condition such as on-coming diabetes, brain tumor, or other such affliction that has spawned a change in behavior. Or even some psychological trauma affecting him. In lieu of any evidence of those issues, he needs to be released back into the wild.

Posted by Robert17 at August 5, 2011 06:22 PM

This dovetails with the various articles I've seen on this case. Thanks for actually tying it all together, and yes, Ofc Harless has behavioral issues that were ignored by Canton PD.

Posted by Old NFO at August 5, 2011 06:56 PM

Officer Harless cannot be trusted to perform his duties as an officer of the law, therefor he needs to be removed from association with the Canton PD and, in a word, fired.

Posted by Alan Kellogg at August 5, 2011 07:42 PM

this just happened in my kneck of the woods:

Air Force captain killed when off-duty El Paso sheriff's deputy ran red light
By Ryan Maye Handy
The Gazette
Posted: 08/04/2011 03:52:17 PM MDT
Updated: 08/04/2011 03:57:57 PM MDT

An Air Force captain died Wednesday afternoon when her car was hit by an off-duty El Paso County sheriff's deputy with a history of traffic offenses who ran a red light, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Vivian Elmo, 41, an active-duty reservist with the 310th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base, was turning left from Curtis Road onto Highway 94 when her 1994 Honda Accord was struck in the side by an SUV driven by Rodney Fannin, the state patrol said.

Fannin, 42, was heading east on Highway 94 and drove through a red light at the intersection with Curtis Road, the state patrol reported.

"Colorado court records show Fannin has two reckless driving convictions, one from 1996, and another in January in which another person was injured.

Fannin was sentenced to six months probation in the January crash after he pleaded guilty."

Posted by rumcrook at August 5, 2011 08:29 PM

Having worked as a miltary liaison with the DEA for almost three years, I slowly came to the conclusion that a significant percentage of cops (in this case federal) generally view civilians with contempt. To many of these guys, there are two kinds of people in this world: cops and perps; and if you're not the former, the only reason you're not in jail as the latter is because you haven't been caught...yet.
From watching videos of uniformed thugs beating up bystanders for filming them on the job to black-clad SWAT teams shooting a Marine veteran 60 times for the crime of trying to defend his family when they burst into his home, I've concluded that we have the beginnings of a US version of the Stazi of former East German fame.
I see little difference between this thug and any criminal trying to intimidate a victim he's targeted for a mugging. Check that--he IS different in at least two respects: he can, literally, murder me, my wife, or my daughter and have a VERY good chance of getting away with it, and; if citizens try to hold him accountable for doing his job in the manner witnessed, his union will make sure those individuals are intimidated into silence--"Nice family ya got a shame if anything happened to 'em."
Cops are NOT your friends. If you're not one of them, you're, well, not to be afforded the protection and service they are supposed to be providing.
I wish to God I didn't feel this way, but that bullet-headed baboon surprised me not a bit.

Posted by Attila at August 6, 2011 01:01 AM

Great thinking! That raelly breaks the mold!

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