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Cop fired for allegedly falsifying dozens of DUI arrests

Anyone who's ever been pulled over by a cop for something they didn't do will find reason for both fury and comfort in the story of Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Lisa Steed. Steed, a cop celebrated for her diligence, has now been fired amid allegations that she falsified dozens — perhaps hundreds — of DUI arrests. Steed routinely pulled over drivers she claimed were driving drunk or on drugs and arrested them, even if they were found to have no drugs or alcohol in their system, a lawsuit contends. "Her actions are so blatant," a plaintiff's lawyer says, "it is probable that she acted like this in an untold number of cases."

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/us/lawsuit-accuses-fired-u...

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This is the problem with

This is the problem with prior restraint laws.

DUIs are a huge racket. I know people will probably flame me for my position on this because there will always be someone that was the victim of some irresponsible person that caused harm when drinking. Personally, unless you ended up causing harm to someone or their property, it all amounts to a victimless crime and a big waste of money and resources. Moreover, the statistics on drinking related offenses are totally skewed and misinterpreted. When they calculate it they throw in an alcohol related accident, including when the passenger, victim or someone else were involved were drunk...even when the accused was sober.

Also, statistics indicate that most drunk driving occurs after midnight when there are few cars or pedestrians on the roads; and that there are relatively few incidents -especially compared to the rate of injury accidents during rush hour. Lets face it, DUI is a cash cow for law enforcement and the courts and no too unlike the war on drugs.

deacon's picture

same thing happened to me

but the cop got away with it
i lost my license,and on the hook for almost
2 grand in court costs and fines,all on a lie
deacon

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

sorry in advance

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deacon's picture

lol

thanks :)
deacon

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

Maybe the cop had been drinking

and she was smelling her own breath.

That's what happens when cops need to fill their quotas

She may have been receiving pressure to bring in "better numbers" or she was just a B**** and abused her authority cuz she got one too many "gold stars" and it went to her head.

Either way, GOOD!

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why am i not surprised

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Actually, I'm VERY surprised

...that the cop got fired instead of a promotion.

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true

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these cops ruin lives

with this dui BS.
for what?
trooper of the year?

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Once again...

Who protects us from our 'protectors'?

Why am I not suprised

And when are people going to wake up.

The Sgt was only worried about HER credibility in court - seemed to not give a rats ass about the false arrests.

She should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law

"Corporal Steed was named trooper of the year by her superiors in 2007"

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

She should have to ...

She should have to pay all costs that falsely accused people had to pay. When you hit them personally in the pocket things will change.

RickStone

Yes and spend as many nights

Yes and spend as many nights in jail as all the combined nights of her accused.

But, its hard for me to believe this woman is the only cop engaging in this practice.

As should her superiors

There is 0.0 chance they were not ware of this.

You are

Right. Class Action Suit for big $ too.

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

And not one dime out of the public treasury either. Sue them in

their personal capacity because she (and by extension her superiors) were acting under "color of law" and not as actual officers.

They are PERSONALLY liable for all damages.