I’m normally the biggest supporter of the men and women in our Police force.
I rarely think there is such a thing as “excessive force” used against asshole criminals. In fact, I’d like to see more routine beatings for people who run from the police or otherwise resist arrest.
I even fully backed Deputy Chris Bieze who tasered 72-year old Kathryn Winkfein here in Austin (NOTE: I don’t care who you are, if you dare a cop to tase you, don’t act so freak’n outraged and surprised when they actually do).
You’ll almost never hear me criticize these men and women because, frankly, they’ve got an unbelievably hard, dangerous, and often-times thankless (despite its tremendous importance) job.
But not all cops are saints, and some of them can be assholes. Needlessly be assholes. And these guys deserve to be called out because they give other cops a bad name.
Like officer Sgt. Robert McFarland, a 20 year veteran of the Lincoln Park Police Department.
Sgt. McFarland was working the 9-1-1 lines when 17-year old Adrainne Ledesma called, frantic and frightened, needing an ambulance for her father who was on the floor in a sever seizure.
Frustrated that the 9-1-1 operator was taking so long to answer, she mutters the “fuck” word just as McFarland answers the phone.
Instead of trying to help this young girl or find out what her emergency is even though she asked for an ambulance…instead of doing his job and acting like the civil servant that he is, he admonishes her for cursing. And when she repeats her demand for a “fucking ambulance” this prick of a cop hangs up on her.
She calls back twice more. Twice more, McFarland admonishes her, even calling her an asshole before hanging up on her twice more.
McFarland then waits 6 more minutes before finally dispatching an ambulance.
And then, when the scared and now understandably angry young girl goes to the police department to once again ask for an ambulance and to file a complaint…the asshole cop arrests her.
Just watch this video.
While I don’t suggest that a 20-year cop with no history of complaints or discipline be fired for this…I do think he should be severely and harshly punished. A few weeks off with no pay. Some remedial sensitivity training. A very public apology to the family. Perhaps a demotion.
McFarland has refused to comment on the story, but in the understatement of the month, Chief of Police Tom Carnes admits that “this was not our finest hour.”