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A Policeman’s Job is Not Always a Happy One [VIDEO]

Jim was discussing a story this morning regarding a Princeton police officer who was said to have broken the law during a DWI investigation.

One morning three years ago, Princeton University student John Bennett pulled his car into a parking spot in front of a Wawa convenience store. The passenger in the car ran inside, and Bennett placed his head on the steering wheel.

Moments later, according to court documents, a Princeton Police Department sergeant opened Bennett’s door and began asking him questions. Records show that he smelled alcohol, performed sobriety tests on Bennett and eventually charged him with drunken driving.

A NJ Appellate Division found that the sergeant Steven Riccitello’s DWI investigation was not valid due to the fact that he had no warrant or probable cause. Sergeant Riccitello had stated he originally opened the car door because he was concerned about Bennett’s safety.

Jim thought that Sergeant Riccitello’s concern was a valid enough reason to check on Bennett but says that a police officer’s job isn’t always the easiest in walking that “fine line.” It seems that in instances such as this case, police officers are put in a double bind, where you’re dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t.

The daily job of a police officer reminds Jim of a song from the comedic opera “Pirates of Penzance” entitled “A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One,” which you can listen to below.

 

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