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Officer under investigation for Kazemi DUI stop

The police officer who was disciplined for his conduct in connection with a DUI stop of Steve McNair in 2003 faces a new investigation regarding his conduct in connection with the DUI stop of Sahel “Jenni” Kazemi two days before she killed McNair and then herself.

According to NewsChannel5.com in Nashville, officer Shawn Taylor’s supervisors believe he reflected an “unprofessional” tone in a call made to a colleague during the stop.

After realizing the size of the fish he’d just caught, Taylor contacted another officer via cell phone.

“Guess who I’ve stopped?” Taylor said.  “Remember that young female I stopped at Broadway a few weeks ago.  Guess who is with her?”

After mentioning the identity of the passenger, Taylor described McNair as “drunk as hell,” and Taylor said that Kazemi wasn’t.  (He later changed his mind about Kazemi.)

As a result of the 2003 incident, Taylor was reprimanded for repeatedly asking McNair to submit to a breathalyzer, after he had refused to do so.  The charges were later dismissed when a judge determined that Taylor didn’t have probable cause to make the stop.

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32 Responses to “Officer under investigation for Kazemi DUI stop”
  1. frox says: Jul 16, 2009 1:10 PM

    Does this guy know everyone in town? Damn!

  2. Cowboyfan66 says: Jul 16, 2009 1:11 PM

    Yeah McNair sounds like a real class act. Drunk as hell and abandoning his girlfriend. If he’d had been home with his family, then his 4 sons would still have a father. Great role model.

  3. JBell13 says: Jul 16, 2009 1:14 PM

    The plot thickens…

  4. NagaSwan says: Jul 16, 2009 1:15 PM

    F* The Police

  5. empty13 says: Jul 16, 2009 1:15 PM

    this is much more about making perceived “enemies of the deceased” pay than anything else.

  6. Facts Domino says: Jul 16, 2009 1:16 PM

    What are the odds that he just ran the tags and saw Mcnair on the screen as opposed to watching Kazemi demonstrate erratic driving.

  7. Citizen Strange says: Jul 16, 2009 1:16 PM

    Gotta love cops. They’re just like you and me except a thousand times more assholier.

  8. aaron wilson HATES comments says: Jul 16, 2009 1:22 PM

    This guy should have been cut loose a few years back for how he handled all of that… maybe they NPD will finally wise up

  9. Snarky Snide Sniper says: Jul 16, 2009 1:23 PM

    No offense to cops–(when they’re not giving me tickets for speeding), I’m generally a supporter.
    But Taylor sounds like one of those tin badge douchebag zealots…
    You know–the ones who started doing ride-alongs in middle school.
    The ones who over-enthusiastically enjoy handling “billy clubs” in their spare time.
    The same ones who started out as toy cop security guards, and whose main qualification to enter into law enforcement was that they were able to actually get out of the lockers they were stuffed into during high school.
    Yep, sounds like one of THOSE guys–the kind real cops mock behind their backs.

  10. dlcreed44 says: Jul 16, 2009 1:27 PM

    I’d take one Taylor in my community over 10 Florio’s. Man making 35K a year stopping drunks and risking his life everyday and Florio takes every chance to demean him. Makes me think Florio has a DUI in his past or at the least made his money defending these lowlifes.

  11. KingJoe! says: Jul 16, 2009 1:39 PM

    Great lots of people are thinking this cop is bad, what a effin country. So what if he was laughing a bout a couple of drunks driving around in a huge SUV, they deserve worse. Come to think of it, they DID get what they deserved. Ridiculous that cops have to take a beating for something 99% would do. IF you worked at Target, and freaking Brett Farve comes in buys a douche and some genital cream are any of you telling me you wouldnt at the very least phone a friedn or coworker?

  12. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Jul 16, 2009 1:47 PM

    Doesn’t really matter to Mcnair anymore, does it.

  13. Ghost2thePost says: Jul 16, 2009 1:56 PM

    Stopping a car has to be one of the scarier jobs and one I wouldn’t want to do, so I tend to give cops a mulligan if they’re a little dicky at times. That said, from what’s been reported so far this guy seems to have had a personal problem with McNair that should be checked out. What I take most from this story is that dlcreed thinks cops make $35k. Love to know where that is true outside of their first six months on. More than 3/4 of police where I am make over $100k after 5 years and it’s pricing a lot of people out of the area. Our last police chief made more than Ray Kelly and had 40 cops to (poorly) supervise

  14. FrankyFiveFingers says: Jul 16, 2009 2:00 PM

    “Great lots of people are thinking this cop is bad, what a effin country. So what if he was laughing a bout a couple of drunks driving around in a huge SUV, they deserve worse. Come to think of it, they DID get what they deserved. Ridiculous that cops have to take a beating for something 99% would do. IF you worked at Target, and freaking Brett Farve comes in buys a douche and some genital cream are any of you telling me you wouldnt at the very least phone a friedn or coworker? ”
    WTF? hahaha…..the problem is that if you worked at target you dont have the power to send someone to prison on a whim. We expect people with great power to act with great responsibility…..and acting like this guy did is certainly not responsible.

  15. bonecity7 says: Jul 16, 2009 2:15 PM

    KingJoe,
    An instant classic!! You state “what a f’n country” regarding posters thinking a cop is bad, then YOU say that McNair got what he deserved (DEATH) for marital infidelity!!! YOU Sir, (or child) are in the wrong country!!! Your apparent values would be more in tune with the middle-eastern countries that justify death for infidelity!! Iran or Iraq seems more your style than the good ol’ US of A!!!
    If you ever have the good fortune of having children, will you wish them dead if they are not faithful to their spouses?

  16. aaron wilson HATES comments says: Jul 16, 2009 2:16 PM

    @FrankyFiveFingers
    I was gonna say the same but you summed it up quite nicely

  17. Bob Nelson says: Jul 16, 2009 2:21 PM

    So now the officer is being investigated for his “tone” ?
    Don’t human being have the right to their individual tone?
    Why does every interaction between blacks and police always seem to include an accusation of misconduct by the police?
    If nothing else ccan be found incorrect they are investigating his “tone”.
    How do you investigate tone?
    Since when do Miranda Rights are only proper in limited tones?

  18. The Genius says: Jul 16, 2009 2:41 PM

    So what’s the big deal? Sounds like what any cop would say after stopping a celebrity. Oh, he said he was drunk. So?

  19. Paul_R. says: Jul 16, 2009 2:43 PM

    The officer was having a private phone call with another police officer, not having a conversation with Kazemi or McNair after he stopped them. Last I checked, these people are human.
    Is there any evidence that stopping the vehicle was unwarranted? Is there any evidence that the officer’s behavior towards Kazemi or McNair was inappropriate? Is there any evidence that her arrest for DUI was unwarranted?
    Much ado about nothing, in my opinion.

  20. Paul Hanna says: Jul 16, 2009 2:46 PM

    “IF you worked at Target, and freaking Brett Farve comes in buys a douche and some genital cream are any of you telling me you wouldnt at the very least phone a friedn or coworker?”
    =================================
    KingJoe,
    In that case, I certainly wouldn’t call a friend while Brett Favre was in the checkout line with his douche and genital cream (which is exactly what Taylor effectively did). After he leaves, sure.
    Do your job and gossip in your own time. — at any job.

  21. ihateskelator says: Jul 16, 2009 2:49 PM

    2 of the 4 children are a product of this marriage, (alledgedly). Where did the other 2 come from?

  22. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 16, 2009 2:49 PM

    # KingJoe! says: July 16, 2009 1:39 PM
    IF you worked at Target, and freaking Brett Farve comes in buys a douche and some genital cream are any of you telling me you wouldnt at the very least phone a friedn or coworker?
    ———————
    LOL This has a good chance of happening if he joins the Queen’s, but I’m sure he’ll share with the rest of the team!

  23. The Jimmy says: Jul 16, 2009 2:55 PM

    Just did some quick research since there seems to be a big descrepency in what cops supposedly make. It differs greatly by area and it appears that Ca and NJ are the most highly paid, with NJ tops having an average of 88K a year. Tennessee average is 43K. The national average for a state trooper is around 49k.

  24. Facts Domino says: Jul 16, 2009 3:12 PM

    Skelator.
    Maybe it should say 2 of his allegedly 4 children were a product of the marriage….
    I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some offspring to come about in the next few months…

  25. Silver&Black666 says: Jul 16, 2009 3:13 PM

    dlcreed44
    You are one of these lowlifes you speak of!

  26. bmac187 says: Jul 16, 2009 3:36 PM

    “IF you worked at Target, and freaking Brett Farve comes in buys a douche and some genital cream are any of you telling me you wouldnt at the very least phone a friedn or coworker? ”
    well, not if i had been suspended at a prior date regarding issues with brett favre. but that’s just from the standpoint of someone who doesn’t like being suspended and/or fired.

  27. mrmagoo says: Jul 16, 2009 3:59 PM

    Cowboyfan66 says:
    July 16, 2009 1:11 PM
    Yeah McNair sounds like a real class act. Drunk as hell and abandoning his girlfriend. If he’d had been home with his family, then his 4 sons would still have a father. Great role model.
    ___________________________
    You’re right. He should have gotten caught in a hotel room with a metric ton of blow and some hookers or cut someone’s throat with a pair of scissors. At least then he’d be a hall of famer. Nice to see a strong moralist streak develop in Big D.

  28. andrea lopez says: Jul 16, 2009 4:53 PM

    THIS NEWS IS HORRIBLE MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL FAMILY’S IN THIS TRAGIC INCIDENT.. MCNAIR SHOULD OF MADE BETTER CHOICES IF HE AND HIS WIFE WERE NOT WORKING THERE ISSUES OUT HE SHOULD OF BEEN MORE INVOLVED WITH THE FOUR MEN HE HAD AT HOME NOT A TWENTY YEAR OLD. MCNAIR BEING WITH A TWENTY YEAR OLD THAT NIGHT LEFT HIS SELF OPEN FOR TALK BETTER CHOICES. AND FOR KAZEMI ONE IF A MAN THAT IS THIRTY-SIX AND HAS A FAMILY DO YOU REALLY THINK HE IS GOING TO LEAVE HIS WIFE OR BE TRUE TO YOU I DONT CARE WHAT LINE HE GIVES YOU!!!

  29. VoxVeritas says: Jul 16, 2009 6:14 PM

    Here comes mrmagoo with his “you have no right to talk about anybody because of Michael Irvin” crap.
    Boy, if I could buy you for what you know and sell you for what you think you know, I could pay for that turd health care bill that Comrade Obama and the Democraptic Congress are trying to shove down everyone’s throat (except themselves. They say it’s a great deal but none of them are going to sign up for it).
    But to get back on point…
    The Steelers let Mike Webster rot under a highway overpass before public pressure made them step up… but they were too late. The Steelers were also caught cheating the salary cap. The Steelers’ owner, Dan Rooney, is now Ambassador to Ireland even though he knows F-all about foreign relations, and why? Payback from Comrade Obama. Who the F are you to preach about morals, Steeler fan? How can you stomach rooting for a team like that? Bet you have to lick James Harrison’s jock just to get the taste out of our mouth.

  30. VoxVeritas says: Jul 16, 2009 6:27 PM

    This is what people do. I know surgical nurses that crack jokes about the patient in the operating room. Aircraft mechanics that cross themselves and pretend to pray and then bless the new parts after a repair. In fact a few weeks ago an acquaintance that works at Burger King threatened via the drive-thru window and in full view of her boss to put a booger in my Steakhouse Shroom n’ Swiss because I asked her to run over to Whataburger next door and get some patties that didn’t taste like cardboard. She was joking. I think she was joking.
    This is nothing but people trying to blame someone else for a crazy bitch shooting somebody else and herself. Oh he was unprofessional on a phone call. Shouldn’t have stopped them in the first place. If he hadn’t they would never have broken up and McNair would still be alive and screwing her on the side. blah blah blah

  31. VoxVeritas says: Jul 16, 2009 6:43 PM

    oh man check this out
    https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=3014e950a92dbb0f7e066f9e088a301f&tab=core&tabmode=list&cck=1&au=&ck=
    It’s a Treasury Dept. solicitation for contractors to hold “Humor in the Workplace” seminars discussing the relationship between humor and stress and why humor is an important communication tool in business and office life. Candidates must be able to create cartoons about the Bureau of the Public Debt on the spot and are not allowed to use foul language. I wish I were kidding.
    Maybe Officer Taylor was relieving stress with that phone call?
    mrmagoo will no doubt point to this as Tim Geithner solving the unemployment crisis single-handedly.

  32. LeeB says: Jul 16, 2009 9:15 PM

    People, you need to keep your eyes on the still bouncing ball. It is highly suspect that this cop would encounter McNair again on the road. I like the theory that he ran the license plates first then proceeded to have some fun with McNair by torturing him some more. McNair was not easy picking just for the criminals and the hos.
    Anyway, law enforcement still has a mess in its hands. For starters, this DUI seems to be the catalyst that sent this girl over the edge resulting in two deaths.
    She was obviously the designated driver. This cop’s previous and initial assessment is probably correct, that she was not drunk. The cop told the truth “accidently” and now it’s coming back to bite him. Now after the fact, he says and his cohort at the PD agree that she was under the influence.
    A Black guy with a white chick driving a nice car? Even today it makes some white folks irrational, yes, even today. Just ask Jason Taylor and his own experience being Black driving by with white wife. So spare me the sanctimonius NOT IN THIS DAY AND AGE WITH A BLACK PRESIDENT CRAP.
    A lawsuit against the PD by her family may have some legs. Time to bring in the feds cause TN can’t handle this. This thing was wrapped up too quickly and tooooo neeeeeatly.
    Something is bugging the ‘good cops’ about this whole thing otherwise they would not be investigating Steve’s tormentor. I have nothing against cops. Thankless job, lousy pay, but this cop has a stench about him.
    PS: I’m not excusing Steve for what he did. He is with his maker now who will take care of this NOT YOU.

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