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Switzerland: Cop Gets Slap On Wrist For Speeding & Endangerment On A Motorcycle

  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  Uniformed
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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This Swiss police officer can be glad he didn't do what he did this year (link Open link in a new window), since he'd be playing hide & seek in jail. What did he do, I hear you ask?

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In Geneva, Switzerland, on the 11th of December 2009, the 40 year old cop was first of all caught popping a wheelie while going through a green light on his official police motorcycle. A pedestrian who was jaywalking got hit by the cop. It was obvious that the Swiss Gendarme could not see the pedestrian since his front wheel was up off the ground. A witness saw him on one wheel going over a length of 10 meters. The cop initially denied the accusation, then changed his mind and stated that the wheel came up by itself.

A bit less than a month later, the same cop, but this time on his private motorcycle was caught speeding by a radar doing 105 kph in a 50 kph zone (i.e. in the city). He claims that he loaned out the motorcycle, but did not want to give the name of the person who had it. He claimed he was not able to ride, since he was still hurt from the wheelie accident, but he did admit he had taken out the bike earlier. So a double lie.

This week he had his day in court, and guess what??? He didn't show up. The witnesses did, one had to travel 200 kilometers, but the cop didn't. So the judge gave him 90 days suspension and a fine of 2400 Swiss Francs (US$2450).

That's all he got. If he would have done it this year, with the new laws, he would be spending a year in jail. As a LEOLaw Enforcement Officer - any kind of Police Officer: municipal, state, federal or national., you have to set the example, and this is not the example you want to set.

What do you think? Should the judge have been more severe, or was the punishment right?

Via: Tribune de Geneve

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