Cop Violated Speed Laws…to Buy a Bag of Peanuts

The speed laws don’t apply to all drivers equally.

A civilian driver was curious about why a particular cop was speeding on the freeway. So, he decided to follow the cop while his cell phone camera captured his experience. He found that the cop wasn’t on his way to an emergency or a crime in progress. He was on his way to the convenience store. When the cop exited the store, he had a bag of peanuts.

KETV reported:

A YouTube video shows an Omaha police officer speeding through traffic, but he isn’t on his way to an emergency.

A curious man with a cellphone camera wanted to know why police were in such a rush. His pursuit led him to a convenience store, where the officer bought a bag of peanuts.

The camera man declined to provide his name and admitted to speeding to stay on the officer’s tail.

“I have seen many cruisers speed by me driving along the interstate without their lights on and you always wonder whether or not they are going to a call or they are just trying, you know, break the law thinking they can get away with speeding,” the man said. “Sure enough, he actually was speeding along thinking he could get away with what I assumed in the first place.”

Omaha police said in a written statement that officers have the authority to violate traffic laws at times, but said this instance did not appear to be one of them.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said authorities are investigating the incident internally.

“I really can’t say much more than that because it is a personnel matter,” Schmaderer said. “I haven’t actually had a chance to view the video in its entirety. It is being investigated. At that time, we will make the appropriate decision with it.”

Omaha police said they want to make it clear that they appreciate people reporting officer’s actions they feel are questionable. However, they said, “It does not give the citizen the right to violate the law.”

I always wonder every time I see a cop speed by me on the freeway what they’re really speeding for. I sometimes joke that the doughnut shop must be about to close. (Is that offensive?) I have a brother-in-law cop who’s perfectly fine with cop/doughnut jokes. He’s usually the one making the jokes in the first place.

I don’t actually have a problem with people speeding like this. The problem is that the premise behind speeding laws is presumably safety. If it’s really about safety, then above all, police should lead by example. Unless, of course, these laws really aren’t about safety, but about an easy source of revenue.