Yeah, I saw that last night as well. It's no wonder people are losing respect for the Police. Don't get me wrong, we need the Police but catching speeders and drunk drivers is pretty much the public face of the Police so that's how most people will form their opinion of them.
Originally Posted by sylox
Oh and I would be fighting that one in court if it was me.
That would be one of the things I'd do. Another would be to file a complaint against the officer and try to rip him a new one. Firstly (according to the story) the officer manhandled the person and that wasn't necessary (unless the guy was violent himself but but nothing was mentioned), secondly the officer was negligent in his initial assessment/investigation of the matter. The keys on the back seat did not have a key to start that car on it so he was not in charge of the vehicle.
However, another point should be made.
The guys father said he took his sons keys from him to stop him driving. This implies that the father was with his son when he decided to sleep in the car. How hard would it have been for the father to take his son home?
If I had a son who was incapable of driving I would take him home. I'd want my son to be safe (regardless of his age) and make sure he got home safely.
There wasn't anything mentioned in the story about why the guy slept in the car and didn't get a ride home with his father, friends, taxi, whatever. It's just the impression I got from watching it.
Just my 2.2c (GST included)