And, it was in Webster, MA, not Webster, NY, despite the information given on original video.
There is a lively conversation going on about this video over on Reddit, where the following note has been posted. It was reportedly originally posted on the Webster Police Department’s Facebook page, but that Facebook page is currently unavailable.
We were made aware of a certain video that has been circulating around the internet involving an interaction between one of our patrol officers and a “concerned citizen”. The officer was at McDonald’s Restaurant on East Main Street picking up meals for persons that were being held in our lockup. On his way out of the restaurant, he was confronted by a citizen that was chastising him for parking in what he believed to be a handicapped parking spot. All the while he was recording our officer with his cell phone. Our officer advised him he was wrong as it was not a handicapped parking space. In Massachusetts a handicapped parking spot needs to be posted with signage that designated that parking spot a designated handicapped parking spot. McDonald’s had recently expanded their handicapped parking and the sign for this spot was removed and the symbol was painted over. However, through the wear and tear of winters and traffic in New England, the black paint wore off and the symbol is somewhat visible, which thus makes it appear to be a handicapped parking spot which it is not. This matter was dealt with several months ago last fall, but the citizen has now posted the video online and we are getting inundated with phone calls and posts saying that we are above the law. I will admit the cruiser is parked crooked in the parking spot, but I hardly think that is worthy of all this attention to include people wishing we were dead. I would like to take this moment to thank all of you that do support us and stand by us, and I realize that this is only a handful of negative posters out there. On a good note – it’s making our Facebook page quite popular!
So it seems that the cop in question was not quite as much of a self important prick as we originally thought. That being said, if he had his wits about him, he would have just explained that the spots had moved rather than being confrontational.
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