Bad cops. #fail

Can you call the cops… on the cops?

The Israeli Po Po need a lesson in legality, or at least car-packing safety.

This issue in general pisses me off, above and beyond. Israeli traffic cops don’t enforce the law enough. Sure, once in a blue moon you’ll see a guy pulled over or you’ll see cops on patrol in the city streets. But the lack of enforcement goes too far in this country.

And half-a-minute radio ads about driving safely so your kids have parents does not substitute for pull-over punishment.

A couple weeks ago, I witnessed a 4×4 driving down the wrong side of the road in industrial Beit Shemesh to avoid the traffic in his lane. The wrong side of the road. Cars are squeezing past him to avoid a collision. And then a TRAFFIC COP comes face to face with him – and squeezes by to avoid collision. No pull-over, no comment.

So now we have this copper out on Road 60 with a bike shoved out his trunk. Before the photo was taken, we watched as the trunk was flying high above before it slowly came down again over the bike. No visibility, but tons of responsibility.

Shame, shame, shame.

Israeli FAIL!

If you hang out on teh interwebs at all, you might know the FAIL! and you might know the FAIL! blog. Israel recently made it with the following photo:

Israeli police FAIL!

There are about 652907628569874 things I’d put in an Israel FAIL! photo before a policeman in a simulation, like Olmert’s political career, the Lebanon war, people who voted for Olmert, Haredi Community leaders, and also Olmert’s political career.

But that’s just me.

A light on the Israeli police situation.

On my way home from school tonight I was getting speeding off the ramp from Kvish 1 towards Bet Shemesh when the inevitable happened: the red and blue lights came peeking out from behind me from afar.

I recognize that I can be a bit of a speed demon when in the right mood. When I’d get pulled over in the States, I was always polite and well-mannered; I believe in taking responsibility for my own actions. The cop, after all, didn’t do anything wrong by pulling me over. And aren’t I also the one who watches the other speed demons (the faster ones) and prays they get caught as soon as possible?

Anyway, I see the old red-and-blue and of course, I slow down and turn off the radio in order to listen for sirens. The cop was still far away at this point and I thought there was a chance that maybe he wasn’t even noticing me or maybe he will let me off for slowing down. A few minutes continue, with the lights still coming after me but he doesn’t slow down or call out for me to pull over.

I became very confused. I often see Israeli traffic cops driving through the streets or highways with their lights blazing; but they never stop anyone, they are just cruising for the most part. Why do they do this? And if they are going to pull you over, why don’t they turn on the sirens so at least we could know?

For some reason, the uncertainty of whether or not he was aiming to pull me over made me nervous. Was I now the forefront of a car chase? Was I supposed to pull over? I decided to test it and keep driving, even speed up a bit. Nothing in the way of audio signal.

Finally, I pulled over as my heart leapt in my chest. I’m caught, and I don’t even feel like playing the Anglo game because I’m too proud for that. I sigh and wait for him to pull in front of me (for some reason, the cops pull in front of you here, too).

…But he doesn’t. He just passes me. And keeps the lights going. I feel like a surfer with a bloody leg who just got brushed against by a shark. Then I just get angry. Why do you have to toy with me like that, police dude? Why not just give us all lights and we can have block parties on the highway?

I ended up driving through Bet Shemesh right behind him, staring at his revolving, tormenting lights. I picked up the speed after I made the turn towards the black hills of back-end Bet Shemesh and sped the whole way home.

An Israeli workday.

This hasn’t happened in a while, but today was a high terror alert in Jerusalem so the police were everywhere. Here’s what I watched from my office window after police discovered a suspicious package near the Malha mall:

bomb squad robot

 The bomb squad guy getting the act together with (Israeli) man’s best friend.

 traffic build up

Traffic backed up to the mall. Sucks to be in a vehicle! Or a pedestrian.

 bomb robot

Look at Rover go… In about three or four explosions, the job was done.