- The footage shows a Baltimore police officer walking up to the driver's side window of a car he'd just pulled over downtown. The audio begins a few seconds later.
"I must advise you for my safety and yours, this is recorded," the officer says to the woman behind the wheel. She asks why she was pulled over, and he tells her she was "going straight in a turning lane for about three blocks." "Can I just get the ticket and go please?" she says. "I don't want to be late for work." "OK," the officer responds.
The officer then finds the woman's license is suspended. He asks her if she has someone who can come collect the vehicle so it doesn't have to be towed, but after 15 minutes he tells her that he had to order a tow truck — to which she complains.
"Ma'am, I don't make up the rules," the officer says. "If you have a problem with it you're going to have to talk to your mayor. I have rules that I have to abide by, and now that we have body cameras I have to go line by line and we are not allowed to give discretion to anybody, because that's the way it is now."
You are now an automaton. Of course, we already have a version of that here in Chicago - speed cameras and red light cameras - those don't even care if you weren't driving the car. The car is proof of guilt and the registered owner is going to pay. But just wait until the whining starts about "Can't you give me a break?"
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