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Rules For Thee, Not Me

A former police officer in Washington is suing the police department that fired him for driving drunk in an umarked police car.  Officer Glenfiddich was arrested for DUI after he drove his unmarked police cruiser into a ditch and refused to take a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer.  He went through a ‘diversion’ program to get his DUI conviction dismissed, and to his credit, has gone through treatment for alcoholism and has been sober for over 800 days.

However, he is now suing the police department that fired him because apparently alcoholism is considered a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act.  He goes on in his filing to complain about how he couldn’t get crime scenes out of his head and drank to forget, a practice he claims is common among other police officers. 

Now, let me say that I feel sympathy for addicts, no matter what their drug of choice.  It is a struggle to get clean and stay clean, and I salute this man for trying to clean up his life now that it’s been torn down.  But the choice to take the drink and to get behind the wheel of a car is just that, a choice.  This man, who swore to protect and defend the members of his community, chose instead to put the lives of everyone on that road in mortal danger by not being in control of his faculties when he moved a heavy metal object upon it.  The time to ask his employer for an accomodation was before the wreck, not after.  And yeah, I hold people like police and military to a higher standard of conduct than I do most other people.  They ask for a special place in our society, and I expect them to earn it through their conduct.

This comes down to shame.  If I were to be arrested for DUI in a company car, and my employer decided that I was just not worth keeping around due to the risk I posed to customers and co-workers, I wouldn’t blame the company.  I’d be ashamed of myself for what I’d done and what I could have done, and I’d understand that what happened to me and my family were the consequences of my actions.  This guy is looking to blame other people for what he did to himself.

So I hope that this case gets laughed out of court.  Hopefully the ex-officer can stay sober and find something else to do with his life, but I also hope that he can come to grips with the fact that he has no-one to blame for this but himself.

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6 Comments

  1. Gotta agree with you 100%!!!

  2. Agree 100% and want to add….

    If seeing crime scenes affects him that much, why the heck would he want to be a cop anyway? (not that I think I’d be OK with it, but notice I am not a cop)

    • I don’t think we can criticize someone for having trouble after seeing and experiencing the ugliness of society day in and day out. I only criticize him for using alcohol as a crutch for too long, then acting surprised when that bit him in the ass.

      • I don’t mean to criticize for having trouble. I just think it’s odd that if a job DOES cause such trouble, one would strongly want to continue doing it.

  3. Frank

     /  April 29, 2013

    That’s what’s wrong with society, DB. Many people lack shame, and refuse to agree that their actions are wrong.

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