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Are the police around here lazy?

Today I was walking to O.C.C. in the lovely downtown area of Royal Oak and when I got to Sixth and Washington I waited at the light to cross. I happened to notice a police officer sitting at the light as well. As the light changed for traffic I was about to step into the street and noticed a car barreling down Washington with no intention of stopping. The lights had already changed and this car just drove through the red light like it was nothing. Right in front of a cop car. I thought for sure the cop would turn on the lights and siren and pull the guy over for either running a red light or going above the speed limit.
What happened next did shock me some. The cop just went about his business like he didn't see anything.
This has left me in disgust. While I understand the police cannot pull every single person over and ticket them, or solve every crime that lands in their lap, it does make me question my safety. Had I had small children with me who like to run across the road as soon as the walk light changes there would have been some major problems for sure.
Do the police only go after "easy tickets" or do they wait until after the bars get jumping to step up patrol and then hand out the tickets and make arrests for DUI?
I would like to think whatever the case may be the majority of the local police don't act like this and pay more attention to keeping the public safe. I can only hope it was a one time incident, but I have a feeling I will be sadly mistaken.
I can't wait to see what happens this spring and summer when people are bicycling on the sidewalks through the downtown area.

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Notout Togetya January 10, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Well, first of all, there is no biking allowed on the sidewalks downtown. Second, let's take a minute and not assume that the police are "lazy". That's quite a blanket statement for one incident, with one officer. What is sad is that someone will write and post an article on Patch over one perceived wrong-doing, but what about all of the other outstanding services the police have provided for this city?
Mike Ripinski January 10, 2014 at 06:21 PM
If I observed what you have described I would have immediately called the Chief of Police and let him know. Of course you wrote down the license number of the vehicle so the officer could be identified. Right? I would also call the city manager and or the mayor whom I know would take this matter very seriously. You did that too. Right? I might also contact one of the city commissioners who I know would look into the matter. Did that. Right ? Before I went off in an anonymous rant on the Patch I would give these leaders a chance to address the problem and take whatever action necessary. But nooooooo ...Patience doesn't work that way. She ( he?) likes to hide behind a fake name and make these accusations of laziness against one of our police officers who put themselves in harms way every single day to protect us. If true ...yes the office should be disciplined. But lets get a chance to hear the other side of the story. Maybe there is a logical explanation. Did you ever think of that? The next time you attack one of our public safety employees I think it is only fair to identify yourself and let us all know who is making the accusation. What are you afraid of?
Patience January 10, 2014 at 07:07 PM
Chief Corrigan O'Donohue is investigating this matter. As for me posting about it, I am sorry you feel the need to get so defensive about such matters. I can see you feel very strongly about this issue and I appreciate you expressing how you would handle the situation Mike.
K. Scott January 10, 2014 at 07:18 PM
Hey Mike, I hear what you're saying however in defense, I have had people track me down after a spirited debate so I use an initial. Also, Patch is owned by AOL and I have found some of my comments in the past on their main web site where I didn't post them. So, safety first.
Mike Ripinski January 10, 2014 at 09:56 PM
Here's the thing K and Patience. I think the Patch is a great forum for citizens to express comments. concerns, compliments and insights. However I just feel that not identifying yourself brings a lack of credibility to your argument and gives the impression of questionable motives. I choose to identify myself because I have no fear of being challenged and firmly stand behind my convictions. If you disagree with me... I can respect that as long as I know who you are.
K. Scott January 10, 2014 at 10:18 PM
I see your point Mike and I agree somewhat. Because of the unhinged stalker behavior I experienced, I'm a lot more cautious. I've seen Patience and yourself post on here from time to time and there's more then enough room for all opinions. Needless to say, I'm very close and very interested in community news. Have a great weekend all.
Patience January 11, 2014 at 12:12 AM
Mike, I don't think you understand why people use a certain level of anonymity online. I have personally experience stalking and harassment. Most of it stemmed from the internet and believe it or not all someone needs is a first name and last name to get just about any kind of information they want about you from the internet. While it may be nice to have someone provide all kinds of personal information about themselves online to make you feel a bit more at ease about the content of their character, it also opens people up to a world of trouble that some people just don't feel comfortable with. Besides even if someone does post all their personal information online and gives you anything that you ask for what is to say they aren't making any of that up? Just because people post a first and last name online and some information about themselves doesn't mean any of it is true. Now here is a question for you Mike, What would I have to gain by intentionally posting false information and making such accusations if they were not true? What would the possible benefit be?
K. Scott January 11, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Hi, This is a link I found today on AOL's main site that goes to a Patch site in New Hampshire. Needless to say, what you post on a local site may me posted on a larger site. http://hampton-northhampton.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/alleged-police-brutality-victim-posts-violent-video-online-seabrook-nh
Mike Ripinski January 11, 2014 at 02:59 PM
I am glad that the Chief is investigating the incident. I have no doubt he will handle the matter properly and take action if necessary. All I wanted to point out was that the headline of Patience's post implies that all or most of the police are Lazy. If this one officer did in fact ignore his duty then it should have referred to the one police officer and the one incident. To generalize "the police" instead of " a police officer" was inappropriate in my opinion.
Laura Harrison January 12, 2014 at 09:28 AM
Mike, comment regarding "headlines". My mother was a reporter for the Free Press for 40 years. She wrote the stories, but someone else wrote the headline. These writers always went for the attention grabbers. I am not sure if that is how it is done in today's world of reporting. By the way, there where times that mom wasn't real happy with a headline attached to some of her stories.
Michael S. January 12, 2014 at 06:17 PM
It doesn't look like that was ALL you wanted to point on here Mike. from what I see you have not only questioned how things were handled,but Patience's character in your postings. If you had only wanted to point out how the headline was a bit misleading why didn't you do so from the start?
Mike Ripinski January 13, 2014 at 09:50 AM
How can I attack someone's character when I don't even know who they are? I questioned the approach not the person. It is not a matter of character as you suggest Michael, it is a matter of style. Some people like yourself, just choose to be anonymous and I choose to disagree. The End !
K. Scott January 13, 2014 at 07:06 PM
So, after several people from the community explained why they chose not to use a real name because of online privacy issues, you still refuse to accept that? Correct? Indeed, you challenged Patience character. It might not be the way you or I might have handled it, but the complaint isn't less valid.
Mike Ripinski January 13, 2014 at 09:05 PM
Oh K ...... you just don't get it. I don't have to accept it. I can agree or disagree and I choose to disagree. My opinion is just as valid as that of Patience. Only I don't have issues with privacy. Here I am! This is the real me! I am known in the community and I have nothing to hide. Like I said before ....THE END.
Bob January 14, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Seems more likely that ole Mikey has narcissistic issues.
K. Scott January 14, 2014 at 09:13 AM
I agree Bob.Maybe when he gets a stalker, he'll see the light.
l.c. January 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM
excellent forum to vent ones frustration & does it really matter who/whom posts? thank you org. poster for making the public more aware weather factual or not.the currant staffing level of the public safety dept. compared to what it was in the past leaves much to be desired.could be the officer in question was monitoring a more important situation by radio?I take for granted they know whats best given the tools at hand.we all are free to voice an opinion & to be critique of others for doing so isn't freedom.if Royal Oak could implement more cost cutting services (volunteer parking enforcement personal) maybe more boots could be on the streets.Oak Park seems to be OK with it.
Chris January 18, 2014 at 05:22 PM
Having read Chief O'Donohue's explanation ( http://royaloak.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/lazy-cops-chief-explains-why-officer-just-sat-there?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001&evar4=picks-1-post&newsRef=true), I am curious what Patience's comment is now.
Patience January 20, 2014 at 09:44 PM
Considering none of the information in my posting above was incorrect, there is nothing that needs to be said. Also as I had stated in my post above had I had my 4 year old niece with me who likes to run across the street as fast as she can as soon as the walk light comes on, the police chief would be having an entirely different story to discuss. As for the police chiefs remark about giving a chance to handle things privately instead of on such a public blog, If this had been the first incident that had arose involving my concerns about public safety do you think I would've posted in a public blog about such matters? I have tried expressing concern about issues in the past only to be blown off and treated as though my concerns weren't valid and not getting any follow up. As I understand the patch and their blog system, it is a place for people to express their views; positive and negative.
B Lans January 21, 2014 at 02:29 PM
Do you still feel the ROPD to be lazy? I noticed the post where you mentioned the nine years you've lived here and the comment about "lazy" has been deleted.

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