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Video: DEC police car tailgating, cutting off cars
myFoxNY ^ | 11-21-13 | ANTWAN LEWIS

Posted on 11/21/2013 8:54:21 PM PST by smokingfrog

Most drivers know to get out of the way when a police or emergency vehicle approaches. But Thursday morning one such vehicle caused some confusion and some close calls: a state Department of Environmental Conservation Police Crown Vic cruiser.

A Fox 5 employee recorded the video after observing the officer's driving westbound on the Long Island Expressway around 7:30 a.m.

At this point you see the officer tailgating a Toyota Prius in the middle lane to the point the Prius moves off to the right.

After weaving in and out of traffic things get more serious with a Jeep Cherokee. The video shows the cruiser as it cuts off the Jeep, forcing the driver to slam the breaks to narrowly avoid a rear end crash. Passengers in the Jeep were still shaken when asked about the incident just outside the Midtown Tunnel.

"Commuting from long island is crazy on a regular basis, anyway," the passenger said. "Having the police make it worse not better is nuts. I'm sorry the DEC had a bad day. It shouldn't be my problem or my risk."

After the close call with the Jeep, the Crown Vic does the same thing to a pick-up truck. That driver also slammed on the brakes to avoid collision.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: donutwatch
Environmental Conservation Police??
1 posted on 11/21/2013 8:54:22 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog
Environmental Conservation Police??

Has to be a North East US thing. The breeding grounds of Kerry, Dukakis, et al.

Another reason to cut them loose from the rest of the country............They are pretty much a foreign country other than a few rural state areas that should move out. They gain nothing living there and lose most everything else.

2 posted on 11/21/2013 9:00:27 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: smokingfrog

That’s a shock. Cops making the commute worst than it already is.

My favorite memory was driving into the North end of Carrolton Tx around 8:15 on a weekday. Now this is Southbound on I35E. Really bad, really congested. Everybody at a crawl. Motorcycle cops making me slam on my brakes as they weave in and out of traffic to pull over a “speeder”. Don’t know how anybody could be speeding. But whatever. I damn near hit the idiot, and so did about three other drivers. Of course he got his target onto the shoulder, but not quite. So tied up the right hand lane. So it went from a mess to a nightmare. Good job coppers.

These guys don’t give a shiite about traffic flow or safety. It’s just a way to punch a time card. If they f*ck up every bodies day or cause an accident, too damn bad.


3 posted on 11/21/2013 9:00:45 PM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: smokingfrog

The DEC “police officer” probably received an emergency call to go file a $1M fine on a coal plant...you know how imoortant it is to shake down everybody under thus regime’s watch...


4 posted on 11/21/2013 9:02:45 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: smokingfrog

“Environmental Conservation Police??”

YES, comrade! Do you have difficulty with that concept? Perhaps some re-education will re-ignite your revolutionary zeal! /s;)


5 posted on 11/21/2013 9:04:02 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: smokingfrog

Probably drunk.


6 posted on 11/21/2013 9:04:07 PM PST by virgil
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To: smokingfrog

Watched the vid. Yeah, that cop is not a good driver, but you see similar every day if you drive the 405 in the OC or LA. Or the 75 or North Dallas Tollway in Dallas.


7 posted on 11/21/2013 9:06:03 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: smokingfrog

ECP SWAT Team, probably, on “patrol”.


8 posted on 11/21/2013 9:06:04 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: smokingfrog

When police abuse their power my respect turns to disgust.


9 posted on 11/21/2013 9:06:32 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: piytar

Well, of course I’d expect to see that in Dallas — everybody drives like that. :P


10 posted on 11/21/2013 9:08:52 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

The mission of the Division of Law Enforcement is “To protect and enhance the environment and natural resources of the State of New York while also protecting the health and safety of its people through the enforcement of Environmental Conservation and related laws and public education.”

This mission is accomplished by over 330 sworn members of the Division of Law Enforcement. They focus their efforts on Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) enforcement although they are empowered to enforce all laws of the state. Their mission encompasses two broad enforcement areas: fish & wildlife and environmental quality. Fish & wildlife enforcement includes addressing complaints of poaching, the illegal sale of endangered species, and checking hunters, fishermen, trappers and commercial fishermen (lobsters, clams, bait fish, food fish) for compliance. Environmental quality enforcement includes investigating timber thefts, illegal water pollution, improper use or application of pesticides, commercial vehicles producing excessive emissions, freshwater and saltwater wetland degradation, illegal mining and almost any area that affects air, land or water quality law violations.

Enforcement is comprised of both proactive and reactive patrols in marked police vehicles. Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) investigate complaints and document their findings. When sufficient evidence is found, they prepare their case for a successful prosecution in court.

The majority of the division is comprised of uniformed ECOs, who are assigned patrol areas of one or two counties. The supervisory staff includes lieutenants, captains, majors and colonels. Complimenting the uniformed staff is the Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation, who investigate significant environmental crimes including misdemeanors and felonies. The division also has a full time dispatch center, a permanent training academy, a police K-9 unit and a marine enforcement unit. Overseeing the entire operation is a uniformed Director of the Division of Law Enforcement.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2437.html

If I hadn’t read it myself....I would have thought it a Southpark episode up there with the “Man-Bear-Pig”.

Please tell me it can’t get this bad in the real world West of the Hudson......do I even need to ask?


11 posted on 11/21/2013 9:09:35 PM PST by Lowell1775
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To: Lowell1775
http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/746.html Careers in Environmental Conservation‎ Information on how to become an environmental conservation officer including job description, qualifications, salary, promotional opportunities, and application ... Hey. I am joining the dark side...$52k to start and I get a nifty Crown Vic, a chick magnet uniform, a big(er) gun! and free reign to Taser Bambi killers between veggie sub breaks and Happy Hour at the Brown Stool cafe and bath house. Sweet!
12 posted on 11/21/2013 9:17:40 PM PST by Lowell1775
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To: piytar

Learned to drive in the LIE.

Crazy.

Dallas makes the LIE look like the residential section of an Air Force Base.

Wacko.

Anyway, This guy was probably not in full capacity through one means or agent or another.


13 posted on 11/21/2013 9:25:57 PM PST by stanne
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To: smokingfrog

Talk about a police state in action.


14 posted on 11/21/2013 9:38:00 PM PST by Republican1795.
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To: smokingfrog

Monkeys to save, LIGHTS AND SIREN.....!!!!


15 posted on 11/21/2013 9:52:32 PM PST by gaijin
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To: smokingfrog

“Environmental Conservation Police??”

Trout Troopers


16 posted on 11/21/2013 10:05:13 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Lowell1775
Please tell me it can’t get this bad in the real world West of the Hudson......do I even need to ask?

Well, even in the realm of OffspringOfFormerEmperorCuomo, generally the further you are from the Hudson the more civilized the populace. Except of course in those areas where the population density rises to the 'city' level. There you will find most all of the, um, animals.

But then, where I grew up back in Ohio is now not as rational as it once was...

(Hint: I would be talking about certain areas that continue to commit suicide by reelecting DemOcrats..)

17 posted on 11/21/2013 10:34:11 PM PST by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Darksheare
Hey.. wanna be a NY Department of Environmental Conservation Police person? See #11.

Sounds like a good job for the arctic woof..

18 posted on 11/21/2013 10:42:27 PM PST by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: NoCmpromiz

If it includes body cavity searches he’s sooooo there.


19 posted on 11/21/2013 10:58:38 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Lowell1775

Yes.
Johnson ny 2007 or 08, the bridge over Rutgers creek that was built by the WPA in 1936 was about to drop into the creek at anytime the fire department drove over it.
During demolition of the bridge, the local envirowacky drove onto the partially demo’d bridge and almost got himself killed in his slobbering effort to personally serve papers.
Seems he complained to some agency or others and removal of the bridge stopped for awhile.
Envirowacky proceeded to search the creek for fish and frog parts.
End result: time lost, bridge replaced later than projected.
But no animals were harmed!


20 posted on 11/21/2013 11:06:17 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: smokingfrog
The video shows the cruiser as it cuts off the Jeep

The cruiser did signal before going in front of the jeep.

Looks likely to me that the jeep saw the cop car's signal, and decided to speed up so as not to let the cop get in front of him.

Most motorists have that bad habit. Cars signal for a reason: it's a warning that the car will enter your lane and that the driver hasn't got eyes in the back of his head. Speeding up in response to such a signal is moronic, dangerous, and rude.

21 posted on 11/21/2013 11:28:51 PM PST by Age of Reason
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To: Age of Reason
Looks likely to me that the jeep saw the cop car's signal, and decided to speed up so as not to let the cop get in front of him.

It didn't happen that way. Review the video, starting at the 0:48 mark.

The Jeep was in the passing lane and was just about to pass the cop, who was in the lane to the right. It was then that the cop signaled and turned at almost the same time, cutting off the Jeep. The only thing the driver of the Jeep had time to do was brake to avoid an accident.

22 posted on 11/22/2013 1:40:03 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: smokingfrog
Environmental Conservation Police? Oh, so not "real" Police!

23 posted on 11/22/2013 2:32:57 AM PST by Mr Radical
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To: smokingfrog

He was heading off to an emergency. Someone threw a cigarette butt into a stream and it hit an endangered fish in the head. APB out on the perp. All vehicles respond immediately and exercise extreme prejudice against the perp if spotted.


24 posted on 11/22/2013 2:35:03 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (What happened to my tagline??)
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To: smokingfrog

Actually, he was making the morning donut run. A lot of folks were depending on him.


25 posted on 11/22/2013 2:36:03 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (What happened to my tagline??)
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To: piytar

Gotta go with you on this.

Bad driving, but not a big deal.


26 posted on 11/22/2013 2:44:03 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: smokingfrog

A state Department of Environmental Conservation Police Crown Vic cruiser.

That’s right: IN A CROWN VIC.


27 posted on 11/22/2013 4:01:53 AM PST by dangus
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To: smokingfrog

This is normal driving on the 610 loop in Houston.


28 posted on 11/22/2013 4:04:59 AM PST by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: smokingfrog
Well, about half of the police killed in the line of duty die in vehicle accidents.

For some, that may be self-inflicted.

29 posted on 11/22/2013 4:12:18 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: smokingfrog

Typical arrogant lawbreaking cop......


30 posted on 11/22/2013 4:16:49 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: smokingfrog

Cops are above the law.


31 posted on 11/22/2013 4:19:53 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: smokingfrog

“Out of my way, peasants!”


32 posted on 11/22/2013 4:31:42 AM PST by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Lowell1775; smokingfrog
Laugh as you may, but most states, including the so-called free states have the equivalent of the NYS DEC Police. They may not be a separate police department with its own boated bureaucracy, but they do exist as a divison of the state police, department of wildlife, department of forestry, department of parks & recreation, whatever. Sometimes they are simply called "game wardens." In fact, there is a reality show on one of the granola cable stations called "Alaska State Troopers," which often features a division within the department that focuses on the enforcement of environmental laws like hunting, fishing, illegal dumping, etc. There's a similar show about game wardens in Maine. The NY DEC does just about the same thing.

The NYS DEC police are particularly visible this time of the year with the opening of the deer and black bear hunting season (for firearms) on November 16th. In addition to deploying in upstate NY where 99% of the hunting takes place, they are out in force checking tags and manning stations in NYC and Long Island where they are more likely to find evidence of illegal hunting activity.

33 posted on 11/22/2013 4:48:50 AM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: smokingfrog

It is becoming more and more likely there will be a conflict between me and an “authority” I don’t recognize. I guess it will be a bad day for both of us. I’m just sorry there aren’t more of me.


34 posted on 11/22/2013 5:03:58 AM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: Labyrinthos

Not quite laughing...mocking really. I mean really really mocking. Hard ruthless mocking such as will cause hoped for sexual performance issues amongst their rank and file.

My state has the DNR “Rangers” (Bambi Brigade or Tree Ninjas as we call them here in the woods) complete with nifty DHS supplied zodiacs(? sic)pulled behind shiny new 1 ton Surburans.....dark green enough to pass for black in a police state pinch complete with darkened windows.

I saw them assist a year back in an inter-agency drill with REAL police by “closing off waterways” (interstate underpass creeks really that you can step across) complete with watercraft in tow as part of securing “Capital City” from mock infiltration?...or most likely zombie exfiltration field exercise.

Americans are so fixated on roads....the city boys in charge never learned squat from Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, or Afghanistan.

Hope they never do.


35 posted on 11/22/2013 5:40:35 AM PST by Lowell1775
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To: Smokin' Joe
Well, about half of the police killed in the line of duty die in vehicle accidents.

Have you ever seen hard stats on that? I think the percentage is much higher than just 50%.

 

36 posted on 11/22/2013 6:51:36 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: Smokin' Joe
From http://www.odmp.org/search/year

Given the nature of the site, I would imagine they are probably overly sympathetic towards classifying things as "line of duty" deaths. For example, i would think that most folks wouldn't classify having a heart attack as a "line of duty" death. So... I've separated out what appears to be deaths of officers purposefully caused (firearm related) as opposed to stuff that would happen to people regardless of lines of work. I'd also put serious money that the ones classified as "vehicular assault" were more likely accidents than purposeful killings. You'll note the number that are related to automobiles and such. It appears that being the tax collector for the welfare state is more dangerous than just about anything.

Line of Duty Deaths: 92

Aircraft accident: 1
Automobile accident: 21
Drowned: 2
Duty related illness: 1
Fall: 4
Gunfire (Accidental): 1
Heart attack: 13
Motorcycle accident: 4
Struck by vehicle: 6
Training accident: 2
Vehicle pursuit: 2

Bomb: 1
Fire: 1
Gunfire: 27
Stabbed: 1
Vehicular assault: 5
 

 

Line of Duty Deaths: 92
Aircraft accident: 1
Automobile accident: 21
Bomb: 1
Drowned: 2
Duty related illness: 1
Fall: 4
Fire: 1
Gunfire: 27
Gunfire (Accidental): 1
Heart attack: 13
Motorcycle accident: 4
Stabbed: 1
Struck by vehicle: 6
Training accident: 2
Vehicle pursuit: 2
Vehicular assault: 5
 

 

It would appear that actual 'firearm related' deaths of officers are higher than I thought. However, even if one were to add all this up together as actual "line of duty" deaths, then divide by the number of officers that we have out there, you're still looking at pretty paltry numbers, especially when you consider how much whining you hear about how dangerous the job is.

37 posted on 11/22/2013 7:12:50 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: zeugma

The number I had was from a flyer distributed by a LEO memorial fund charity. When I was EMS, that seemed reasonably close, so I ran with the ball-park figure of 50%.


38 posted on 11/22/2013 7:44:10 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: zeugma
Thanks for the hard data. From http://money.howstuffworks.com/10-most-dangerous-jobs-in-america.htm

The top ten most dangerous jobs are:

1. Logger

2. Pilot

3. Fisher

4. Iron/Steel Worker

5. Garbage Collector

6. Farmer/Rancher

7. Roofer

8. Electrical Power Installer/Repairer

9. Sales, Delivery, and Other Truck Driver

10. Taxi Driver/Chauffeur

(Which shows me our safety programs out here in the oil patch have been reaping benefits...)

Anyhow, despite perceptions, LEO isn't in the top ten.

39 posted on 11/22/2013 7:55:55 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Fisher? Isn’t that a bug?


40 posted on 11/22/2013 7:59:23 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky
Fisher? Isn’t that a bug?

I'm pretty sure it refers to fisherman, which, of course (in our current politically corrupted language), is sexist and "fisherperson" is pretty awkward, hence the truncation. I haven't seen many female deckhands on Deadliest Catch.

41 posted on 11/22/2013 8:10:35 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

In my world, women goin’ fishing pretty much would ruin the whole point of the activity.


42 posted on 11/22/2013 8:33:19 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky

It depends on the gal...


43 posted on 11/22/2013 8:36:04 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

That reminds me of my favorite PC word, “Sewer,” as in person who sews. The language is truly going down the drain.


44 posted on 11/22/2013 9:09:21 AM PST by Tony in Hawaii (Freedom!)
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To: Tony in Hawaii
The scary part is that the semi-literate would use "fissure" interchangeably with it.

Political correctness was designed to impede the exchange of ideas by giving the opposition increased opportunities to object to phraseology while ignoring the more seminal underlying message.

(If you can't attack what is being delivered, attack the means of delivery.)

It has been ridiculously successful, and opened the door for an entire class of 'victims' while 'justifying' almost any retaliatory behaviour.

It is cultural insanity.

45 posted on 11/22/2013 9:21:29 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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