This Cop Screamed At A Woman For Not Telling Him She Was HIV Positive Right Away, And I Couldn't Be More Team Cop
Metro- A woman will receive $40,000 in compensation (£26,000) after being verbally abused by a police officer when she told him she was HIV positive. Shalandra Jones was pulled over in the city of Dearborn, Michigan in 2012 for a minor violation.
The incident was initially fairly routine, with officer David Lacey discovering her medical marijuana licence had expired. However when Lacey discovered that Ms Jones was HIV positive his tone changed significantly.
He complains that he has been touching her earrings, claiming that he ‘doesn’t want to catch anything’.
‘I don’t want to catch that s***, I’ve got a family’, he can be heard saying.
Officer Lacey also told Ms Jones: ‘Honestly, if it wasn’t for that, I don’t think I would have wrote anybody for anything.
‘But that kind of really aggravated me. You know what I mean? You got to tell me right away because at that time, I wasn’t wearing any gloves.’
Officer Lacey reportedly still works for the Dearborn Police Department and faced no disciplinary action.
Yes, I know HIV positive people are people too, but you know what, police officer or not, it is a person's right not to associate with those people. That's why this woman had two choices, either tell the cop right away or don't tell him at all. Does Shalandra Jones realize what she just did? Now every time this guy coughs he is going to run to the emergency room. He has no choice but to turn into a hypochondriac. He'll probably be OCD too. Hope Shalandra Jones is putting some of that compensation money towards hand soap, because David Lacey is bout to rub a layer of skin off scrubbing his hands 15 times a day.
I am not stupid enough to think you can get HIV by touching someone's earrings. I know you can't breathe HIV into your blood stream. I know it's not one of those things that you can ingest by touching your face after grabbing a handrail or some shit. I know there's only one type of 'glove' that can protect you from HIV. However, the phrase "better safe than sorry" exists for a reason, and this is a perfect example of that reason. Remember when Ebola was all the craze? Every person that had Ebola symptoms was basically being stuffed into a quarantined locker just because we didn't know shit about it and didn't want it spreading. Well, I am pretty sure you couldn't get Ebola from touching earrings either, but if this story came out a year and a half ago and you replaced "HIV" with "Ebola" every single person that read this would take the officer's side. I, much like David Lacey, know just as much about HIV as I knew about Ebola, so contagious or not, keep that shit away from me. Even Magic Johnson had to quit basketball when they found out he was HIV positive and I am pretty sure you can't get HIV from boxing somebody out in the post. If NBA championships can't grant you social immunity, no pun intended, then a fucking moving violation certainly can't either. You think you're more important than Magic, Shalandra? Well, do you?
I bet the whole first chapter of this book is titled 'Don't Get HIV' and warns people not to touch strangers...