As you may have heard this morning on my radio show on NJ1015, there’s another viral video that’s come out resulting in an internal investigation of a police officer. This time it’s a Clifton, NJ cop who did what many refer to as a “Brake Check” on a motorist. You’ll see in the video that the driver with the dash cam is following the police officer and seemingly adjusting speed to stay about a car length behind him. Talking to several people this am on the show, it seems that everyone agrees that the driver is a bit too close. The issue people have raised is with the actions of the officer, stopping in the middle of the street, not turning on his lights and braking suddenly.
C’mon…are you kidding? You’ve got a driver who is clearly tailgating a police officer, has a missing front license plate and tinted driver windows, all against NJ law. Remember from driving school that you need to be a car length per 10 mph behind the car in front of you. Although that’s been adjusted to what’s known as the 2 second rule …many drivers courses still use the car length as a reference. By any definition, this guy was tailgating a police cruiser. Of course the cop should’ve pulled him over. If you notice from the video, the officer slows up before stopping short and the driver slows with him. This may be the main reason that the cars don’t collide.
I’m tired of every guy with a cell phone looking to play ‘gotcha’ with cops while the police officers are out risking their lives to keep our communities safe. Did you know that while this guy was enjoying the YouTube views and likes, police officers risked their lives in Clifton early Saturday morning pulled four people, injured in a crash, out of a car engulfed in flames, saving all of their lives?
If you’re tailing a cop, back off. If a cop is tailing you, move over. Let’s stop the whining about a police officers not following procedure. He rightly gave a ticket to a motorist who had broken the law. He probably could’ve handled the traffic stop in a better way but he was polite and measured when speaking to the motorist. Did you think that perhaps the officer wanted to make sure the guy didn’t speed past him if he had pulled to the side? There’s always another perspective but in the overall discussion of a cops duties and the actions of this cop in particular, we should have bigger issues with which to be concerned. Trying to make this traffic stop rise to the level of “Police Misconduct” is a stretch. The officer should get a quick talking too from his chief and sent back out on patrol.