Just buy these tickets or we'll take your car.... WTH?
Metro- The Philadelphia Police Department is investigating a video that apparently shows a police officer selling tickets to a police fundraiser — and making homosexual slurs.
"Either you buy these, or I take your car, because it's unregistered," the officer, identified as Officer Charles Zagursky, 32, says in the video.
The driver, identified on Facebook as Rob Stay Faded, buys the tickets as the officer encourages him to buy more, telling the men in the car they should avoid looking like "fruitcakes."
"You got any kids," the cop says. "You got any sweetheart?"
In a second video, Zagursky commented on the driver's pink windshield wipers, asking, "What's up with the f----t-ass wipers?"
The 9-year veteran, assigned to the 24th District, was placed on desk duty pending investigation.
"There's no excuse for his conduct at all," Ramsey said. "There's nothing good I can say."
Goddamn it, just about the last thing I wanted to do was wake up on a Monday morning and defend a homophobic cop from Philadelphia. Full disclosure, I would probably rather take the stand on behalf of Jared the Subway guy. That's most because I know next to nothing about the law and he would have ended up with a worse sentence with me as part of his defense, but that's neither here nor there. I think the thing we need to take away from this is that you should never put yourself at the mercy of a Police officer. Know the best way not to get extorted for $30? Don't drive an unregistered car. However, if you are going to drive an unregistered car, just about the best thing that can happen to you if you have a run-in with the law is being offered a couple of cheap tickets to a benefit as a lifeline instead of having your vehicle taken. If the alternative is having your car seized and getting hit with a massive ticket plus towing and impound fees then I would have sold out that entire show by my goddamn self. Yes officer, I'll take ALL the tickets. Shit, I would have gave this closet homosexual a handy while he spit in my face and called me Susan if it saved me over $1,000 and a year's worth of frustration.
Now, about the homophobic comments. No, it's not right, and I am glad that they took this officer's badge. Really, with that lack of self awareness it was just a matter of time before someone stuck a camera in his face while he was being a discriminatory, bigoted piece of shit. However, all confrontations with the police force are awkward and unsettling. Even when a cop isn't always calling you a "faggot", he might as well be. That's what cops do, they talk down to people. Usually they are just a little more passive aggressive about it. I think I would prefer an officer that just came out and said what was on his mind. Give me the cop that says "yo dude, are you a fucking idiot? This is a school zone" over the cop that says "Do you know how fast you were going back there?" like I am some blind motherfucker who is incapable of reading a speedometer. Now, trivializing breast cancer and bringing the term "fruitcake" back from the grave is a little extreme, but this is Philadelphia we are talking about. Come on Dorothy, we aren't in fucking Kansas anymore. You can't just send out happy-go-lucky cops to patrol citizens that are generally rough around the edges. I think the city that tried to stone Santa Clause and once used Duracells as their weapon of choice can handle a couple politically and socially incorrect jokes about the sexuality of their windshield wipers. Take away an ill timed gay joke or two and this cop was basically this guy's guardian angel. I don't even know what the event is that he bought tickets to but I would have been sitting front row with a Philadelphia PD shirt on and a foam finger on my hand. You can call me a pussy, but I'm a pussy that still has a way to get from point A to point B.
P.S. Not sure I'm getting involved with the law via social media if my Facebook name is "Rob Stay Faded". Didn't need any help to draw that target on his back.