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Old 05-19-2015, 06:48 AM
 
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Veteran Miami-Dade Police Sergeant Emil Van Lugo Arrested for Theft of County Gas | NBC 6 South Florida

Considering that most police officers are just honest human beings trying to do their job; I'm usually pro-police when it comes to police related news. However, this was just too funny and blatant to ignore:

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Authorities said Van Lugo, a 16-year veteran, was fueling his car at a station rarely used by other officers between January and March. The amount of fuel consumed appeared to exceed the miles driven, authorities said. Surveillance video showed gas cans filled at the station being used to refuel a private vehicle at Van Lugo's home, authorities said.
Apparently you cant afford to pay for gas even when you make $130K/yr (which puts this guy in the 96th percentile of Americans as far as income!!).
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Old 05-19-2015, 07:30 AM
 
Location: USA
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They don't follow other laws. Why this one. You see cops on their cell, texting, not wearing a seat belt all the time. Then you have the more serious offenses and actual crimes.


America has no morality. And why should it with our leadership.
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Old 05-19-2015, 07:33 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Hard to believe anyone would screw up a great career over a couple of hundred $$ worth of gas.
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Old 05-19-2015, 08:13 AM
 
Location: zooland 1
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Bye bye crook...another job opening for CD critics
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Old 05-19-2015, 08:43 AM
 
Location: St Louis, MO
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They don't follow other laws. Why this one. You see cops on their cell, texting, not wearing a seat belt all the time.
Most state laws have specific exceptions allowing police officers to do that in the course of their official duties (I know Illinois did, though that might have changed after the high profile accident a couple of years ago). Of course, the problem is knowing whether or not they are doing anything official. (The seat belt thing has something to do with being able to exit the vehicle quickly and I have no idea how it works. The other two are more obvious.)
What this guy did was scummy and he deserved what happened. The one thing that is different, is that in most workplaces this would only get you fired. For public employees, you get criminal charges too. As an example, we had a well liked lieutenant here recent get hit with felony charges for working a secondary job.
(Since lieutenants are salaried, working _any_ secondary job at any time is felony theft.)
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:46 AM
 
Location: USA
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Most state laws have specific exceptions allowing police officers to do that in the course of their official duties (I know Illinois did, though that might have changed after the high profile accident a couple of years ago). Of course, the problem is knowing whether or not they are doing anything official. (The seat belt thing has something to do with being able to exit the vehicle quickly and I have no idea how it works. The other two are more obvious.)
What this guy did was scummy and he deserved what happened. The one thing that is different, is that in most workplaces this would only get you fired. For public employees, you get criminal charges too. As an example, we had a well liked lieutenant here recent get hit with felony charges for working a secondary job.
(Since lieutenants are salaried, working _any_ secondary job at any time is felony theft.)
Thanks for the clarification.


To me, it makes no sense to have supposed safety laws if those most at risk aren't held to the same standard. It just goes to show we don't really believe in our laws.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Why?? Law enforcement knows they are under the radar, so to speak. Just do what you're supposed to do. There are too many good officers out there that are going to get a bad name because of a few knuckleheads. The job is tough enough.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:13 AM
 
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Why?? Law enforcement knows they are under the radar, so to speak. Just do what you're supposed to do. There are too many good officers out there that are going to get a bad name because of a few knuckleheads. The job is tough enough.

Seems to me a sense of entitlement.

Foolish to throw away his career for gas.

Very foolish move on his part.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Can I go out now??
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He thought he was cleverly hiding the gas tank between the pump and the car...LOL

Stupid, stupid, stupid...
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:38 AM
 
Location: St Louis, MO
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Thanks for the clarification.


To me, it makes no sense to have supposed safety laws if those most at risk aren't held to the same standard. It just goes to show we don't really believe in our laws.
I've always felt those laws mostly exist to assign blame in accidents....
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