NJ.com- A New Jersey state trooper has been suspended without pay after an internal investigation found he was pulling over women to ask them out on dates and falsifying police records to cover it up, authorities said.
Marquice Prather, 37, was arrested Friday on records tampering charges and released without bail, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice, which brought the charges.
Officials say the State Police Office of Professional Standards began investigating the trooper after several woman lodged complaints about his behavior on the road.
The investigation found "a pattern of pulling over young women between the ages of 20 and 35 and soliciting them to go on a date with him or give him their phone numbers," authorities said in a statement announcing his arrest.
Prather is accused of turning off his wireless microphone during his encounters with the women and falsely reporting that it had malfunctioned. He is also accused of lying about the gender of motorists he pulled over in State Police computer logs to hide the fact he was targeting young women.
In fairness to Marquice Prather, the key to making headway with a woman is to appear non-threatening. No better way to do that than to approach her when she knows you are occupationally sworn to serve and protect. Let's face it, dating is a cruel, cruel endeavor that has men busting out every tool (badges apparently included) at their disposal in order to make their way into the pants of strange women. Unfortunately, a vast majority of the time those strange women are keenly aware or their intentions. There's simply no bigger road block to a wet dick than a clear motive. Pulling chicks over to ask for their digits may be morally reprehensible, but - considering he got away with it long enough for it to become a pattern - it probably had a higher success rate than offering to buy them a drink while wedged between 85 assholes who have no respect for personal space. I would imagine that most females don't appreciate getting propositioned via roadside stop, but they might even tack on an emoji when putting their name in your phone if you imply the alternative is a court appearance. I'm definitely not endorsing this behavior, but the fact that women are always looking for men to surprise them certainly enables it. What's more surprising than going from the brink of receiving a ticket to having plans on Friday night?
In all seriousness, every police officer in the country should be sending this guy hate mail. Nothing exacerbates the narrative that all cops were losers in high school quite like one using his authority to strong arm women into extracurriculars. I'm required - by way of a douchey, overused adage - to hate the game more than the player, but the player in question doesn't seem like someone that fielded too many invitations to graduation parties.
P.S. Still less intrusive than this guy...