babeba: your response is very well thought out and entirely valid. Thank you.
General address here:
I think this entire question goes back to the idea of various factions within the LE body. In my case this morning, this Officer wasn’t lenient, and she didn’t have to be. I was over the speed limit (only by a few mph, passing in the correct lane), bit regardless of the situation or any excuse I might have, I was speeding. And she was right to cite me. I thanked her and headed on my way.
That being said, there are officers who encourage family members to mention their connection with a LEO on traffic stops. Obviously this isn’t a blanket statement – not every officer does – but this is something pretty universally acknowledged as fact. This is a pretty common concept in all industries. Unfortunately, people do take advantage. People actually do assume it’s a “get out of jail free card” that should be accepted regardless of the infraction. Wrong? Yes, absolutely.
but it brings back my point of from a person to person standpoint, does an Officer have the authorization to excuse an infraction? Yes. It’s exercised all the time. My SO let’s people off with warnings in a number of situations – they weren’t actually going too fast, they were genuinely apologetic and cooperative, and in once case, a man was rushing to the hospital where his wife was in labor.
there is so much grey area, and I don’t know if that’s right or not. I think it’s more an issue of people taking advantage – I suppose my mistake was mentioning my SO’s business card on my traffic stop; it wasn’t my intention to take advantage of this officer or my SO, and it wasn’t my SO’s intention to abuse his position. It was his way of protecting me, no more no less. I am simply not in a position to argue about where lines should be drawn, and whether or not LEO’s should have the ability to intervene.
To end this off-topic thread (which I am responsible for starting, damn me), I’ll say this – when my SO called me back, he asked me what happened. I told him the story, his response was “ouch, how much is the ticket for?”
He’s a good’n. Our state is lucky to have him 🙂