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Scott Posvar was walking down the sidewalk just as a cop was returning to his cruiser. The officer had parked in the fire lane in order to run into a store and purchase a card for someone who was having a celebration. Posvar asks Officer Dudek, “Do you think it’s OK to abuse your power like this to pick up a card?” Dudek says it is and promptly tells him to have a good day.
Scott comments on his attitude and lack of respect when dealing with the public. Clearly Dudek was not too happy about being called out on his lazy parking job. After all, only a lazy entitled person would just park anywhere they wanted instead of in the parking lot designated by the property owner.
The double standard is glaring. Any one of us who chose to park in the fire lane in order to conduct personal business would have been ticketed and had our vehicle towed. However in this case it’s OK because Dudek is a cop and once they put on their magic suit everything from parking violations to murder is fair game.
Scott told us that the officer followed him and pulled him over for failing to signal. Scott says he knows he signaled because he knew the officer was behind him.
Actions like those of Officer Dudek prove more and more that most police officers are just adult children and like most children do not respond well to criticism. When embarrassed these children often look for the quickest form of retribution in order to re-install their sense of self worth and impress upon anyone who may have witnessed it that they are not to be challenged or you too will suffer the consequences.
Last summer I called out a police Sgt. on his warrantless search of a the covered bed of a pickup truck that was parked on private property. After the interaction, he gave me a ticket for riding my bike on the sidewalk. Cycling on the sidewalk is only a ticketable offense when it happens in downtown Fresno. Either Manfredi doesn’t know the law or he was just trying to punish me for challenging his authority.
This cop accused me of flipping him off. Even if I had, it’s not a crime to flip off police or tell them to go fuck themselves.