Philadelphia, PA - A police officer was electrocuted while attempting to recover drugs that suspect threw on top of a railway train. According to NBC, Police say Cpl. Michael Pitcher was chasing down 26-year-old Dominique Rivers, a drug suspect when Rivers threw the evidence on top of the train.
Pitcher was undercover and in plain clothes at the time of the arrest.
Pitcher climbed up a ladder to reach the top of the train but as soon as he reached the top he was severely electrocuted.
Morrisville Police Chief George McClay said that Pitcher is an 8-year veteran of the police force.
"He thought the train was disabled, turned off. He tried to retrieve the narcotics. He was on top of the train and got sucked into the register and got burned pretty good on his back," McClay explained.
"He's got a bad burn on the back, but he's conscious. He's talking, actually joking with us, but he's very lucky to be alive," he added.
Eventually, the train actually was turned off and police were able to recover the evidence, and arrest Rivers on various drug charges, including possession with intent to deliver.
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“He ran, threw the narcotics on top of the train. The officer chased him for a pretty good distance, apprehended him,” McClay said.
As for officer Pitcher, he is in the hospital with third-degree burns and is expected to be released Wednesday.
Pitcher has actually had a string of bad luck recently. In February of last year he was run over by a carjacker.
Pitcher put himself into a dangerous situation for no good reason, he was not helping anyone, and in fact, was working towards ruining a young man's life.
Even in areas with a declining homicide rate, the murder cases that are going unsolved are continuing to climb. Police departments and bureaucrats have a million excuses, but the drug war is one of the primary reasons for this occurrence. On one hand indiscriminate killings become more common than crimes of passion that are easy to figure out, but there is a much more sinister aspect of this as well.
If you look at the rate of incarcerations for drug offenses, and how incredibly often drug cases are “solved” and found in favor of the state, it becomes obvious that the police have more of an incentive in their day to day activities to hunt down drug users than murderers. These people aren’t selfless public servants as the propaganda on primetime television would lead you to believe, they are average people just like you and me. They will even tell you “I'm just doing my job,” so like most of us, when they are on the job, they try to get the most amount of money for the least amount of work, and murder cases are really tough work.
A cop could even miss his quota by taking the time and effort to hunt down a murderer, instead of grabbing a kid with a bag of pot, which is a lot easier to find and a lot easier to catch. Quotas are another thing that many police departments deny, but time and time again evidence surfaces that proves otherwise. Recently, a former NYPD officer has come forward saying that he used to ticket dead people just to meet his quota. This is not to say that all cops are nasty people, but the way that their jobs are monopolized by the state and focused on the drug war, this corrupts their position and forces them to hurt innocent people and violate people’s rights even if they have the best of intentions.
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