This week at an intersection in Syracuse, New York, two police cars collided when an officer in one of the cars ran a red light. The officer who was driving the vehicle that ran the light was actually distracted because he was using a laptop computer in his car.
It was reported that 35 year old Officer Robert Harrington ran the light at the intersection of East Water and South Townsend streets, colliding with an unmarked police car that contained 51-year-old Detective Edward MacBlane.
Tickets were not issued to anyone involved in the incident, but if it was not a police officer who was responsible for this collision, then there would have easily been a number of fines and tickets, if not an arrest.
Harrington claims that he was in pursuit of a “suspicious person”, but his emergency lights or sirens were not on at the time of the crash, and there has been no proof put forward to verify this claim. According to the police department, neither officer was injured in the crash and both vehicles sustained minor damage.
On a daily basis, innocent people around the country are given fines for distracted driving for talking on their cellphones or even using the GPS. Additionally, people are stopped and searched by police every day because they were seen holding a cellphone.
Police on the other hand are not only able to drive around while using their cellphones, but they are actually able to use a full size laptop computer while driving down the street. To make matters worse, they aren’t even charged with a crime when they drive recklessly.
This case is not alone either, cases of police driving recklessly are actually fairly common, and this is no surprise because they will see no consequences if they get involved in an accident.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.