Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Preferential Treatment for a Brother Officer?

About 4 hours passed before cop got Breathalyzer :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES I'm not sure how much national coverage this story has been given, so let us begin at the beginning.

A Chicago cop was arrested in a hit-and-run accident.
About 1:30 a.m., witnesses saw Bolling's 2006 Dodge Charger traveling through the intersection of 81st and Ashland at a high rate of speed — striking Trenton as he rode his bicycle, authorities said.

Patrol officers arrested Bolling a few blocks away when they noticed he was driving the wrong way on a one-way street in the 1900 block of West 82nd Street, authorities said. The car sustained front-bumper damage and a shattered windshield. Inside the vehicle, officers found an open bottle of beer, according to the state's attorney's office.
Before the crash, he was in a bar for several hours.

But the disturbing thing is that he was held for 4 hours before he was given a Breathalyzer test. Either such a test was warranted by the circumstances, or it was not necessary because they found an open bottle in his car, but there are no circumstances where it would be necessary to administer such a test, but appropriate to wait 4 hours.
The tests on Chicago Police Officer Richard Bolling, 39, revealed a blood-alcohol level of .079, just shy of the .08 legal limit, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.
I wonder what his blood alcohol level was at the time of the crash.

Then the authorities made sure to hold his arraignment before the victim's family or the media could be there.
Relatives of the teen, Trenton Booker, showed up for what they believed was a noon hearing for Bolling — making his first court appearance — only to learn it had happened an hour earlier.
The media was also not there.

When two sets of rules exist, one set for the police and the powers-that-be and another set for everyone else, you can be pretty sure you live in a police state.

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