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Posted on 01/06/2012 8:10:43 AM PST by Altariel
A Chicago police officer allegedly turned a $132 speeding ticket into a pick-up opportunity when he later tracked down the female driver and asked her out, saying the least he could do for the money he cost her was to treat her to dinner, according to a lawsuit the woman filed in federal court.
Evagelina Paredes filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago, accusing police officer Chris Collins of violating her privacy, according to the Associated Press. She alleges that after she was ticketed on Oct. 22, Collins searched for her address in the motor-vehicle database and left a handwritten note on the windshield of her car, which was parked outside her apartment in the Chicago suburb of Stickney, asking her out on a date.
In the note, a copy of which appeared was included in the court documents and was obtained by the Associated Press, the 27-year-old police officer tried to woo the female driver with humor and a seemingly heartfelt plea.
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“I’ll take ‘Frivolous Lawsuit for 500’, Alex.”
Idiot move by the cop, but this woman is obviously a real bitch to sue over it.
‘Paredes claims that the note caused her to “suffer great fear and anxiety.”’
Yeah, I bet she’s really scared. Poor girl. Just an opportunity for a vile skank to make a quick buck if you ask me.
another Stupid cop. I’ve always said, if you’re too dumb to do anything else you can always become a cop. Must be a very good liar as well.
Can’t find a picture of her, Is she that hot as to risk a career over?
He went over the line. It’s no secret that the police records are for Offical Use Only, in fact I’d bet a signifiant amount that such warnings are present upon logging into the system.
My wife works for the airlines, and because celebrities, politicans and other highly popular people are in the database, has access to private and confidential information on these people. Merely looking up the personal data on one of these celebrities, without either the celebrity or a spokesman for that celebrity on the phone - is cause for immediate termination.
She has a strong case - Romeo should have used the ‘old fashioned’ method, and stalked her < /s>
>>Ill take Frivolous Lawsuit for 500, Alex.<<
I dunno — this is sorta creepy by the cop and if I was a female knowing he used his badge to track me down I would feel stalked.
But this should be a personnel action not a lawsuit (but agency law certainly allows the suit).
It’s a matter of principle. She should sue.
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)
From this statement it appears that she went out with him. Bad date? Otherwise, it would say something like " ... she alleges that Collins attempted to use his position as a police officer to "manipulate" her into going out with him."
There is still the question of the officer using official records to access her address (although her address should have been on his copy of the ticket).
So, a cop uses confidential information to stalk her - to her HOME - and then leaves a note on her car - and SHE is a skank?
How would you feel if you got a ticket for speeding, then were to get the same note, on the windshield of your car, parked outside of YOUR home? No intimidation there, huh? You'd better go out, and give him whatever he wants ... because he's a Policeman, and tracked you back to where you live. Where do you draw the line? Honestly, what else could she have done, without fear of reprisal? Today, it's a note; tomorrow?
Who wants an armed thug stalker?
I hope this costs this jackbooted idiot.
This guy needs a lesson in cop dating. He should have given her a warning ticket and then asked her out. I had that happen once.
a bitch to sue over misuse of police authority and private information? yeah right
you call her all kinds of nasty names and yet nothing for the idiot who abused his access and his lawful authority
Revenge , ah Sweet revenge ...
Been there, done that ... Took my BS ticket to the judge and WON!!!
That judge was pissed, and it showed.
How did I win?
I had an appellate court decision on my side.
Her address as part of the ticket, or looked up on the system are still considered 'Confidential'.
Consider, Tom Cruise or Penelope Cruz buys an airline ticket from you; and for security has to give you their home address. What do you suppose would happen if you were to 'drop by' and ask them for a date?
I'll save you the anxiety of finding out ... you WILL BE FIRED. No "if's" about it, no probation ... you are FIRED on the spot. If you look up your neighbor's account information out of pure boredom, and someone finds out you did this ... you will be fired. this is private and confidential information.
If I worked at Walmart and I got her adress off her credit card receipt and then left a note asking for a date would that be a little creepy?
Not sure why someone should get a pass because they are a cop?
Politely declined, logded a complaint with his superiors and/or local authorities before running off to US District Court to sue?
Unfortunately there’s no real difference between “creepy” and “sweetly romantic”, other than whether it worked or not.
If she could prove that he later used government resources to determine her address (and really why would he have to do that as he would have a report on his desk with her address from the citation issued) that would be a matter of principle. Otherwise all we have is cop that came across a woman he found attractive in the lawful pursuit of his duties where he was required to see her address. Is there a principle where he should use brain bleach so that he doesn't remember said address? Should a cop be prevented from asking any woman out that he has ever come across in his duties? What principle are we talking about here?
This is meritless lawsuit from a bitter person that got a ticket, probably angry that her flirtations didn't get her out of said ticket.
“vile skank “
You wouldn’t say that if it were your daughter that was being stalked by a creepy cop.
I agree. Overkill; unless she really, really thought he was a perv. If he was just a dumb guy, then give him a break and let his superiors deal with his poor judgment in this arena.
Probably just a stupid cop (she was probably super polite and nice during the traffic stop and he thought she actually liked him), but it begs the question of propriety? Is he pulling over a lot of pretty girls, etc?
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The cop may have been sincere, then again he might have saw an opportunity and used it to strong arm her for a date.
You are obviously ignorant of the law and the difference between right and wrong. He DOES have a legal responsibility not to use information for personal purposes given to him in his official duties. Anyone with half a brain knows that. Since he obviously has no self control he needs to be dismissed and never again given access to confidential information.
No one with access to government information may use that information for personal purposes nor disclose that information to anyone else for their personal purposes.
I don’t understand why he had to use a data base. He had her drivers license when wrote the ticket.
Just plane stupid.
You figured out she’s a vile skank, just from this article?
Perhaps she could have opted that route; assuming she wouldn't then be harassed at home, have her tires slashed, get pulled over for 'broken tail light', 'running a stop sign' or other harassment issues. We all know that a cop can 'harass' individuals - it's not a secret and it's not unheard of either.
This sent a message, loud and clear to the department. Perhaps she was harassed previously? Perhaps the Department has a habit of 'looking up hotties' and doing this sort of crap. We don't know if this cop did it every day, to everyone in the neighborhood - or if this was his first abuse of power. But, at the end of the day, this was clearly an "Abuse of Power".
If she drops the case, the message will be sent. If she keeps the case open - the message will be sent to every cop .... every where. Personally, I like this sort of thing. My private and confidential information is to be kept private and confidential - or someone is gonna pay. If I wanted my private residence displayed for public consumption, I'd have it printed on my car door, or listed in the phone book. Those people I know, who I want to know where I live; are informed of my home's location, personally, warmly and confidentially.
Why didn’t the moron use the White Pages web site...??? He really needed DMV database to find an address??
I haven't followed this case, but maybe she did so and they blew her off?
I'll let my grandfather, father, and brother all know how dumb they are, but that they're all good liars.
Broad brush much?
The cop here was definitely out of line, but your comment makes his misbehavior pale in comparison.
I’m only going on the information provided ...
1. Have more pretty women cited just because of their looks, i.e. cops fishing for more than just trafiic violators.
2. Same women would be pressured to comply to an ever increasing level of "cooperation".
Cops have to be aware that the public will not accept an abuse of trust.
Only problem is that the union and the department may hold him harmless, financially.
—This is meritless lawsuit from a bitter person that got a ticket, probably angry that her flirtations didn’t get her out of said ticket. —
I will not say it “is” meritless, but I am open to the possibility that it is.
However, ANY information he got from here was information she had no choice but to give him, as the officer that pulled her over. As the “man” who conversed with her, he has no right to that information. She did not have the opportunity to voluntarily refuse to give the info.
IOW, you or I could not have gotten that information even if everything he acted on was what was on her license, if she chose for us not to have it. His badge took away that choice for her.
I think it stands.
And just what are her damages? No competent attorney would ever take this case on a contingency basis.
another Stupid cop. Ive always said, if youre too dumb to do anything else you can always become a cop. Must be a very good liar as well.
I'm sure there are some cops with more than two or three functioning IQ points. I'm also sure there are some cops who grasp the concept of ethics. But this obviously isn't one of those cops.
Dang, I’d have been impressed by the effort, and if he was even remotely attractive, I’d have gone out with him. But I’m kind of a sucker for bald guys in uniforms. Especially if they smell good. ;^)
you assume a lot ...
You originally asked what else could she have done. According to all the information presented - she got a note on her windshield and filed a federal civil rights complaint - there is no mention of any threats, any contact, nothing.
So, she COULD have done the things I mentioned first ...
As to HIS actions - definately not in order.
Pretty classy response, Gabz. Wonder why the attitude by some of the knuckleheads on this board at times. This guy is probably one of the “JBT” hate crowd that shows up like buzzards on roadkill every time there’s a thread like this.
Doesn't matter if he got her information off the ticket he wrote - that information is CONFIDENTIAL. It was given to him under duress, as part of providing ID for a traffic violation. It was not given to him "personally" - that is a very different thing. It's not a secret, in fact it's virtually "shouted into his face" during training, over and over again. Not just once, not twice; over and over, repeatedly. Private, Confidential, protected, personal - I don't know of any other words to make it more clear.
The mere act of a policeman using this information against another man, woman or child is rehensible. My wife works for the airlines, and has access to practically any politician or celebrity's personal information you can think of. Name the artist, actor, businessman or politian; and chances it's in her company's database. If she's bored at work, and even looks at this our of morbid curiosity - she will be fired. It's literally that bluntly stated. The words "Private and Confidential" have both meaning, and consequences.
Back when I drove a taxicab, we had a few customers who thought they could get away with writing a bad check on us. Not a smart move considering that you had a record of where you dropped them off and picked them up. We eventually caught up with them. Maybe it would be considered stalking today.
“Politely declined, logded a complaint with his superiors and/or local authorities before running off to US District Court to sue? “
And what really would that have accomplished? They would have made fun of him and ignored her. Possibly given her a few more speeding tickets to teach her a lesson.
The cop stalked her.
False assumptions on your part. Did the she willingly and personally provide a potential date with her address, or did she comply with a lawful demand, under duress? What were her choices? She really didn't have a choice, did she?
Now, perhaps you've never dealt with 'personal and private information' as part of your job. If you work in a hospital, you will get private and deeply personal information - can you use this for personal gain? Nope. How about running a credit card at Walmart and getting their address; then stalking your prey to their home? Nope. How about working with the airlines, and looking up the personal information of celebrities, then using that information to stalk them? Nope. In EVERY instance, getting fired is the least of your concerns, and take my word for it "you WILL be fired, on the spot". Additionally, the company may decide to press charges for damage to their reputation, for you abuse of their system. Why should cops be treated any differently?
Now, if she handed him her number/address and said "Call me sometime" - that is something completely different.
He probably is a fan of “Friends.” :)
Broad brush much?
Yup, and if you look at the cover on that book of tickets and carbon paper; you will find a notice that the contents of that book are Personal, Private and Confidential. That information is not now, never was, and never will be the private property of the officer, nor was, is now, nor will ever be, available for the officer to use as he see's fit. And, isn't that the way you would want it?
Or, would you like to have an officer who just doesn't like the way you look, to be able to track you at home, leave intimdating messages on your car, parked outside of your home? Perhaps follow you home, or follow you to work 'as part of his route' he just 'happens' to follow every day? Perhaps a few more tickets to get you to comply to his whims? Maybe follow you into the parking lot where you work and eyeball you as you head in. Follow you to the grocery store, your friend's homes .... After all, you address was in his book; and every time that book get's full - you just 'happen' to run another stop sign.
There is an easy fix- spend a little money and buy a PO Box. Then register your cars and your license to that box. Do not know about other states, but I have done that here in Florida. No home address on either one. Besides this, though, I think one can access home addresses on any People Finder site on the internet. Try it.
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