Atlanta Cops = Assholes

Bold title huh?

Well, this is the story of Preston and comes by way of Fat Asian Baby

“Tonight [Tuesday], I find yet another APD cruiser parked in a handicapped spot. I inform the officer that he’s in the ramp access for the adjacent van accessible handicapped spot and that he’s also blocking the ramp. He says if someone needs it he’ll move his cruiser… but until then he’s going inside for some coffee with the other 5 cops that just pulled up. I ask for him to call his supervisor… he tells me to call them. I get frustrated and say “You can either be cool about this or you can continue to be a dick…” The other cops laugh and tell him he should arrest me. For using the word dick. I call his supervisor while he’s inside. I sit behind his car taking pictures on my cell phone… he gets word the supervisor is on the way and goes to move his car. I’m blocking his way. He tells me to move… I refuse until his supervisor arrives… he drags me out of the way and then the 5 of them start to handcuff me and pull me out of my chair. I quickly tell them they’ll injure me if they pick me up by my arms… so they laugh and say they’ll have me sent to grady where I’ll go into the hospital lock-up (with the psychiatric inmates I’m assuming) and I’ll stay there for two days to teach me a lesson about calling a cop a dick. They pull my cell phone away from me. Delete the pictures I’ve taken. Hit ignore on the phone when my dad’s trying to call me because I just woke him up telling him I might be arrested. Then they drop the phone on the ground and laugh how it’s an expensive phone.

Supervisor arrives and asks how we can resolve this because it’s going to make everyone look bad. I ask for a written appology. He goes over… they argue it out for a while… all the cops vow to back up the offending officer. The officer refuses to appologize and arrests me without taking me into custody.

I’ve just been arrested for Disorderly Conduct

DC-7 and DC-8…

one for refusing to move my chair while taking pictures of him trying to leave the spot… and the other for calling him a dick (apparently they considered those “fighting words” which is actually a violation of public conduct).

I go to court October 12th. The supervisor refused to write the officer a citation for parking illegally in a handicapped spot. According the the supervisor I spoke with… since the officer was on duty… only a grand jury can indict him for a crime commited on duty.

God Bless America folks…

… next Tuesday night… you bet your ass I’ll be out drinking.”

I don’t care who you are, but that is freaking ridiculous….

9 Comments so far

  1. sean wood (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 2:55 pm

    That is total bullshit. Free Preston!

  2. Aradia (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 3:45 pm

    If I can get off from work on October 12th, I’d like to show up to that f’n courtroom with a group of other very pissed-off citizens. Right now, I am embarrassed to be a resident of this city. Repulsive.

  3. Lady Crumpet (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 5:06 pm

    Lori gave me a couple of links if anyone wants to contact the local news media:

    I will definitely send a couple of emails!

  4. fat asian baby (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 5:21 pm

    wow. you guys are fantastic. this didn’t even occur to me. meanwhile, preston still hasn’t told me just where it was that this all went down.

  5. Lady Crumpet (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 5:34 pm

    The second email address didn’t work. Here is one I found on the CBS affiliate’s website:

  6. jehad (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 6:43 pm

    i’ve had a similar experience both here and in New York City. for weeks on end APD officers parked their cruisers on the sidewalk while they ate lunch at a restaurant next to my building, blocking the entire sidewalk so anyone walking down it had to go into the street and into traffic. complete disregard of basic civility (which translates to “asshole”). I mean bless them for the risks they take but an asshole is an asshole regardless.

  7. Cara (unregistered) on October 6th, 2005 @ 1:53 pm

    The slightly ironic thing about all of this is that it’s National Disability Awareness Month.

  8. Ben (unregistered) on October 12th, 2005 @ 2:18 am

    Power Trips: The #1 reason to be a cop. Pathetic.

  9. Gerald Parker (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2005 @ 12:57 pm

    I am trying to get in touch with Clark Howard. Cause i am having problems with my rentman not turning on the heat. The utilities are included with the rent. I have all the receipts. My kitchen floor is caving in and i have told my rentman. And he won’t do anything about it and there is more to it so someone please email me back cause i would like it if Clark Howard do something about it. My email address is Thanks.

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