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Cop who got Ray Rice’s autograph in hot water

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An autograph — and a tweet — from Ray Rice may end up getting a Baltimore police officer in trouble.

We noted last week that Rice, the Ravens’ running back, tweeted that he had given an autograph to a cop who pulled him over, and that the cop let him go without a ticket. Rice later claimed that he only gave the autograph to the officer after the officer had already decided to let him go with a warning.

But Baltimore County Police Chief James W. Johnson told the Baltimore Sun on Thursday that he would not rule out disciplinary action for the officer even though internal affairs detectives recommended the officer be cleared.

Johnson said he has ethics experts from universities advising him on the issue, and he wants to think carefully about whether this is no big deal, or whether it exposes a serious problem with celebrities getting special treatment.

“This is not a closed matter,” Johnson said. “This is one of those cases that we need to step back on and slowly deliberate.”

Although this seems rather trivial in the grand scheme of things that the police in Baltimore need to be concerned with (at least from what I know by watching The Wire), Johnson deserves credit for dealing publicly with an incident that it would have been easy to sweep under the rug.

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14 Responses to “Cop who got Ray Rice’s autograph in hot water”
  1. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter says: Nov 19, 2010 9:35 AM

    What about saying:

    I am letting you off with a warning even if you say no but would you mind signing an autograph for my son (Even if he doesn’t have one)?

  2. propjoseph says: Nov 19, 2010 9:43 AM

    The Western District way!

  3. jburns52 says: Nov 19, 2010 10:06 AM

    His windows were too dark! Big deal! He was not drunk. He was not shooting anyone. He did not “get off” with a crime.

  4. bucckevin says: Nov 19, 2010 10:09 AM

    State trooper let me off the hook for speeding once, it happens. A cop pulled me over for slightly rolling a stop. Some are nice, some are out to meet quota.

  5. bbb82 says: Nov 19, 2010 10:21 AM

    Did Rice do anything wrong? If not, then I don’t see what the problem is….

  6. steelersmichele says: Nov 19, 2010 10:26 AM

    “Although this seems rather trivial in the grand scheme of things that the police in Baltimore need to be concerned with (at least from what I know by watching The Wire)”

    It was a Baltimore County cop that gave Rice the ticket. Rice lives in Pikesville and the Ravens practice facility is in Owings Mills–both are in Baltimore County. The Wire takes place in Baltimore City. Two different places, two different levels of concern when it comes to crime.

  7. kevo126 says: Nov 19, 2010 11:29 AM

    yea baltimore police have nothing better to do…

    everyday driving home from work you can see blatant prostitutes and drug dealers on the streets. thank you baltimore police.

  8. NFLJunkie says: Nov 19, 2010 11:38 AM

    @steelersmichele

    Wow. Way to kill the mood on a little Wire humor.

    Aside: Thank you, DirecTV, for putting this show back in circulation again. Awesome.

  9. nepats12 says: Nov 19, 2010 11:46 AM

    Better an autograph from this Ray… Than a stabbing from the other ray!

  10. everybodygotaids says: Nov 19, 2010 11:46 AM

    steelersmichele says:
    Nov 19, 2010 10:26 AM
    It was a Baltimore County cop that gave Rice the ticket. Rice lives in Pikesville and the Ravens practice facility is in Owings Mills–both are in Baltimore County. The Wire takes place in Baltimore City. Two different places, two different levels of concern when it comes to crime.
    __________

    And, you know, “The Wire” is a TV show.

  11. jeffperk says: Nov 19, 2010 11:58 AM

    This didn’t occur in Baltimore City, it occurred in Baltimore County. 2 different jurisdictions, 2 different police departments. You need to get to know the Baltimore Metro area MDS. The Ravens play in Baltimore City @ M&T Bank Stadium, their team facility is in Northwestern Baltimore County in Owings Mills. Baltimore County is the suburbs of Baltimore City.

  12. kokoskmr says: Nov 19, 2010 12:44 PM

    As a Ravens fan, I am disappointed that this is the best scandal we can come up with. It’s time to start bringing our “A” game to the NFL scandal competition. Maybe we can get some Steelers players to be drunk and disorderly, smoke weed or rape a coed (allegedly).

  13. nepats12 says: Nov 19, 2010 12:55 PM

    Good call… Or stab some folks, or maybe run over someone while drunk, or hold a high stakes poker game at house full of guns, or possess enough coke to be a dealer, or some felony agg assault in Phoenix….

  14. somesome says: Nov 21, 2010 9:11 AM

    … or have the whiniest QB in the league!!!!

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