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I posted this in northeast region. It happend last night along "the Wall" in the Georgetown harbour on the Potomac River in Washington D.C. I was on scene, unbeliveable how this LEO acted after the fact. Did not come back to scene to assist or check on life/limb. idled about 200 yards away and was on his cell phone the whole time. Was myself and a handful of NPYC guys that assisted until DC fire and USCG arrived.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-r7eEfcV2s&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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Were there people on the boat that was hit? Why was the cop going so fast so close to the docks?

You guys sure talk funny in that part of the country :)

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Looks like somebody will be getting a new boat courtesy of that agency.

Sounds like the LEO was to busy covering his a$$ rather than checking on any injuries, pathetic! Hopefully nobody was on board at the time of collision. Probably time for that driver to go back to street patrols.

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I would hope he is assigned to "crosswalk" duty... not sure I want him piloting a auto given those skills and judgement.

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Watched it multiple times. Cannot figure out what he could possibly be doing taking off that close to the wall. Don't care that he had a badge, he should be submitted to testing for drugs and alcohol and stripped of his duties. Went right into CYA mode rather that returning to see what damage he caused. Shameful actions.

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No one on the vessel at the time. A NPYC member and I broke open the cabin to check for any persons while this coward looked on from afar.

Have a pic of it hauled at Columbia Island that I'll post when in front of a real conputer.

We spoke to USCG re: toxicity. Long story, but agree with above comments. My original post on northeast gives a little more and will add to this on Tuesday. Responding vessels caused significant damage to a number of additional boats...

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I have been trying not to post in here because because I'm not sure how smart it is to broadcast my distrust and dislike for the police is but after watching the video again it pushed me over my lil edge. I know that cops are people too and with any group of people it only takes a few to paint a bad picture of the whole bunch but these are the police we are talking about. We give them an extra amount of power which should come with added responsibility but most of the time stuff like this is just glazed over in the good ol' boys club that is the police. The double standard that exist for cops is unbelievable. Another example that my friends and I were talking about just the other day is about dogs, pets/k-9 units. A cop can just shoot your dog and say well it was barking and I felt threatened, but if something happens to a k-9 unit and it is you fault, you get charged the same as if you did it to an officer. I hope there is follow up to this and we find out what happens for both the boat owner and the guy who caused this.

I forget where I heard this but it was a long time ago and I still ask many people to this day, have you ever said these words "oh good, the cops are here."? To this day, the one time I called for police assistance (well over 10 years ago) I was told, and these are the dispatcher's exact word "we don't make house calls". I then proceeded to use very unfriendly language that I am not proud I said to a woman in which she responded "do you want me to send the cops out there to arrest you?". I was dumbfounded. Sorry for getting all side tracked, that is why I shouldn't of even come in this thread. I always get my blood boiling those who serve and protect.

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I have been trying not to post in here because because I'm not sure how smart it is to broadcast my distrust and dislike for the police is but after watching the video again it pushed me over my lil edge. I know that cops are people too and with any group of people it only takes a few to paint a bad picture of the whole bunch but these are the police we are talking about. We give them an extra amount of power which should come with added responsibility but most of the time stuff like this is just glazed over in the good ol' boys club that is the police. The double standard that exist for cops is unbelievable. Another example that my friends and I were talking about just the other day is about dogs, pets/k-9 units. A cop can just shoot your dog and say well it was barking and I felt threatened, but if something happens to a k-9 unit and it is you fault, you get charged the same as if you did it to an officer. I hope there is follow up to this and we find out what happens for both the boat owner and the guy who caused this.

I forget where I heard this but it was a long time ago and I still ask many people to this day, have you ever said these words "oh good, the cops are here."? To this day, the one time I called for police assistance (well over 10 years ago) I was told, and these are the dispatcher's exact word "we don't make house calls". I then proceeded to use very unfriendly language that I am not proud I said to a woman in which she responded "do you want me to send the cops out there to arrest you?". I was dumbfounded. Sorry for getting all side tracked, that is why I shouldn't of even come in this thread. I always get my blood boiling those who serve and protect.

I could not agree with you more. I find the direction of law enforcement today greatly disturbing with reect to their behavior, our civil liberties and the overwhelming magnitude. As someone who travels two to four flights a week TSA is as disturbing as it gets. I look at them and that agency overall and I want government involved in my as little as possible.

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Here is the boat hauled at Columbia Island Marina. They floated it with bags and pumped what they could then towed it about 1.5 miles to the marina.

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We saw them towing it out from the wall yesterday afternoon under the escort of two DC Harbor PatrolUnits. All I can say is that I am not surprised by this. We have not had the best dealings with DC Harbor patrol.

And if as reported they were responding to "person or jumper in the water" that still does not obviate the need for safety and common sense

The fact that he did not respond back to the scene, made no hails to check on injuries and damage, shows how bad of a unit this is. And if there were other boats damaged by responders that is even worse!!

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Well being a police officer myself I guess I should chime in here. But its pretty obvious a couple of people here have a grudge against Law Enforcement. One guy for 1 thing that happened 10 years ago.

All I can say is that Law Enforcement like other aspects of our world is growing and learning. There is no excuse for that accident, and we don't really have any more video so we have to go on the OP's word that the officer just sat out there and did nothing.

But just remember that whatever profession you are in, there are bad apples in all of them. But to judge you by what someone else in your same line of work did wrong is just not fair.

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This weekend, 2 water cops responded to something out in the bay, at full throttle from the sea wall. I'm sure it was something important, they rarely pull this stunt. The cops were tied up near a popular watering hole. There were at least 20-30 boats tied up to the sea wall in a no wake zone. The first cop boat shot across a shoal area and went outside of a little 50 foot wide island in the main channel. The island blocked his wake from getting to the boats tied up. He caused very little disruption and delayed his response time by about 5 maybe 6 seconds. He demonstrated great local knowledge and respect for his fellow watermen. The second boat went out through the main channel. His ample wake slammed every boat into the sea wall. All I heard over the rumble of my big block chevy was the crunching of fiberglass and wood. Luckily, I was under way but didn't have quit enough time to get the bow fully into the wake. My 3 year old, who is trying to get over her fear of boats, was terrified by the noise and rocking of the boat. So, thanks for nothing guys.

A+ for the first boat. F-, second boat. I hope cop one has a chat with cop 2 about his technique. Going across this shoal is not possible at low tide but perfectly safe at high tide which it was.

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Well being a police officer myself I guess I should chime in here. But its pretty obvious a couple of people here have a grudge against Law Enforcement. One guy for 1 thing that happened 10 years ago.

All I can say is that Law Enforcement like other aspects of our world is growing and learning. There is no excuse for that accident, and we don't really have any more video so we have to go on the OP's word that the officer just sat out there and did nothing.

But just remember that whatever profession you are in, there are bad apples in all of them. But to judge you by what someone else in your same line of work did wrong is just not fair.

Growing and learning is one thing. And yes the example I gave was from 10 years ago, now I tend to stay away from the cops. I know most are good people but in a position where the public grants you that much power, they should be held to a higher standard. When or if a cop is found doing something wrong, the public usually hears that the cop is off on paid suspension until an investigation is complete which is to give time for the situation to blow over. It makes it very much seem like nothing will ever happen because cops watch out for cops right? If someone in I.T. isn't fair, then what? Someone doesn't get as nice of a computer or as much software. If it is a cop then he says oh, that person was swerving reckless driving. Or the suspected dog showed aggression, I had to shot it. Cops chose their line of work and I'm glad someone does because I could never put up with the crap they probably deal with on a day to day basis, but they were not drafted in to it so they should have a higher level of understanding and patience. I don't want to come off as a cop hater, just as someone who has a severe distrust in them. I do not believe in being rude or difficult to the officers either, that never makes anyone's night better. There is a double standard wit l.e.o.s and unfortunately is is slanted the wrong way.

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Here is the boat hauled at Columbia Island Marina. They floated it with bags and pumped what they could then towed it about 1.5 miles to the marina.

CIM_zps084a3080.jpg

Looks like somebody's getting a NEW boat in care of Washington DC PD. Kinda hard to argue with the video. This one will be quietly taken care of out of court!!

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Of course the cop was calm, it didn't cost him a thing. It will cost the tax payers though. It looked to be about a 20 year old 240 sundancer so between 15 and 20 k depending on condition and the way the government throws away money let's just call it 40.

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