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News Crew Defends W.Va. Officer


A news crew riding with Beckley (W.Va.) Police Cpl. C.D. McCormick defended the officer to an irate motorist after the officer pulled over the driver for talking on his cell phone. Read the full story here.

July 12, 2013
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Tags: Police-Media Relations, Vehicle Stops


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Rose @ 7/13/2013 9:08 AM

I think the guy in the truck needs to listen the the police when they talk. He also needs to keep proof of insurance in his car. He also needs to be aware of the fact that that camera was running the entire time and proves the officer was indeed NOT rude but tried to be polite and he did not act according to his instructions the first 2 times they were given before he got loud.

Pudy @ 7/13/2013 8:27 PM

The driver of the red truck was correct. The police office did NOT have to yell at him like he did. A simple "Sir, I have asked you to please set back in your vehicle, please do so and I will come to you to explain what you are being pulled over for" Not scream at him like a short tempered moron. The news crew was trying to provoke him as well, that is very plain to see as well. There was no siren and the lights were near impossible to see when he was TURNING into a parking lot (wear his rear view mirror would NOT be facing the police car). Also, listening to the guy in the truck's video on youtube, you know.. the part that was cut out of THIS video, the office talked down on him like a dog. PLEASE tell us why that part was cut out for...

PAUL @ 7/14/2013 11:16 PM

THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK STATED THAT HE WAS IN THE MILITARY. IF HE DIDN'T OBEY AN ORDER , ESPECIALLY IN A COMBAT SITUATION, ANY QUICKER THAN HE RSPONDED TO OFFICER MCCORMICK'S ORDER, IT IS REMARKABLE THAT HE IS HERE, OUT DRIVING TO DINNER.
IF HE WAS IN THE MILITARY, I'M SURE THAT HE HAS REALLY BEEN YELLED AT BY HIS DRILL SERGEANT IN BASIC TRAINING. WONDER IF HE TRIED TO COMPLAIN ABOUT BEING TALKED TO HARSHLY THEN?
THE POLICE, ESPECIALLY IN BECKLEY, HAVE NO IDEA OF WHAT TO EXPECT AT ANY GIVEN TIME. THESE OFFICERS REPOND TO EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CALLS OVER AND OVER AGAIN, HAVING TO MAKE SPLIT SECOND DECESIONS. THEIR JOB IS LIKE BEING IN A COMBAT SITUATION, THEY ARE THE MILITARY INSIDE OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY. A CIVILLIAN CASUALLY GOING ABOUT THEIR LIFE COULD NEVER UNDERSTAND THE MIND SET THAT AN OFFICER HAS TO HAVE.
AN OFFICER IN BECKLEY HAS TO DEAL WITH, AND CONTROL ,
SITUATIONS ON A DAILEY BASIS THAT ARE COMPLICATED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, MUCH MORE THAN A SIMPLE TRAFFIC STOP, BUT WHAT THE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN THROUGH
DICTATES THE MINDSET THAT THEY HAVE TO HAVE. POLICE WORK IS VERY STRESSFUL. THE POLICE ARE NOT ROBOTS THAT ARE PROGRAMMED TO NEVER MAKE MISTAKES. I AM VERY THANKFUL FOR THE PROTECTION THAT OUR POLICE OFFICERS PROVIDE TO US HERE, AND ALSO AM THANKFUL TO OUR MILITARY AROUND THE WORLD.
BY THE WAY, I'VE HEARD THAT OFFICER MCCORMICK IS A VERY DEDICTED HUSBAND, AND FATHER, AND THAT HE IS AN EXTREMELY GOOD MAN.

Bill Hyer @ 7/15/2013 6:46 AM

Amazing. The deputy told the driver three times to get back in the vehicle. The driver did not listen until he was ordered to on the fourth time. The deputy did it with respect for the first three times and on the fourth, he had to be more demanding and gruffer in tone. How many times does it take for someone to listen to an officer?

This driver felt he was entitled when there was no entitlement. If he would have listened the first time, he wouldn't have had to be yelled at. He brought that on himself.

Sadly this is typical and being a retired Marine I'm insulted that the driver would even say something about military service. I just hope when this person makes the compliant, that it is considered not founded and that the deputy doesn't take any grief for it. The deputy was doing his job and he has a right to protect himself and ordering a person back into his car is appropriate.

Shame of the driver but I'm sure his arrogance will not see it that way.

Valerie Opitz @ 7/15/2013 7:00 AM

In my opinion this is a difficult call and they are both wrong. The driver of the truck for talking on his cell phone and failing to notice the officers lights for a pull over. The officer was rude and appeared short tempered when the driver did not immediately return to his vehicle. The officer might have had better results if he had not pursued a conversation, but held firm with only the one command. It sometimes takes a moment for a surprised and confused motorist to assimilate and respond to a police command. While there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop, an experienced officer should have at least an idea if he is dealing with a criminal type or not.

SLR @ 7/15/2013 4:15 PM

The man in the red truck did just about everything he could incorrectly. He clearly was ignoring the officers lights instead of pulling over. He tried to walk away from the officer and go into the building. When the officer gave him an order, he not only ignored it he started talking smack. Whether you are 18 or 80, it's just not a good idea to try to dominate a police officer. You are guaranteed to lose at least in the short run. The man was breaking West Virginia law and deserved the ticket. Had he not been such a smartaleck he might have gotten off with a warning. I love these people who think they "know the law" better than the cops. The guy was wrong about the phone, wrong about his behavior and then he starts playing junior G man with the news crew. Hopefully he'll spend more time in his basement, plotting his rise to wealth and status and leave the rest of us alone. What a dork.

David Jon Nathaniel @ 7/15/2013 4:24 PM

How stupid can that driver be? I knew before I ever drove that you stay in the car until/unless the officer tells you to get out. The driver's actions in getting out escalated the matter and was perceived as a possible threat. The driver then argued with multiple orders to get back in the car. Having been rear-ended TWICE by drivers on cell phones my sympathies are with the officer and not the nitwit in the vehicle.

marco @ 7/15/2013 6:12 PM

Wow, what a cry baby. He yelled at me. Well duh, do what he asks you to do and he probably would have reminded you that it is not illegal to talk on the phone in WV while driving and would have told you to have a good day. But noooo, you're a concealed weapon holder, like that matters. What has happened to the respect we have for authority? Is it totally gone? Sadly a SWAT office was killed by a subject who was supposedly surrendering. Officers always need to be on guard. Kudos to the officer in WV to trying to control the scene. My guess is that next time, if he does as the officer asks him to do, the officer won't have to raise his voice and his feelings won't be hurt. Someone should have called the waaaambulance.

marco @ 7/15/2013 6:14 PM

My comment should have read that "it's now illegal to talk on the phone in WV. Oh and Kudos to the TV crew for standing up for the officer!

Corporal T.E./N.S.M. @ 7/15/2013 6:18 PM

Love the Commie Leftist spin the YouTube uploader puts as a title.

Nichole @ 7/16/2013 4:09 AM

Valerie... really? "The officer was rude and appeared short tempered when the driver did not immediately return to his vehicle." Do you have children? If you do, I'm sure you could probably recognize childish behavior when you see it. Insubordinate, immature, standoffish behavior - that's what this driver displayed. And it's not a wonder, after having to tell this man 4 TIMES to get back in his vehicle that the officer may have sounded a bit more irritated than he did the FIRST 3 TIMES he told the idiot to get back in the truck. As a human being with authority, you get tired of telling someone over and over again to do something they should be doing. Like a petulant child.

Lt. Sal @ 7/16/2013 4:43 AM

I believe the officer was right in pulling over the man, but was slightly short tempered when the man did not get back in the car right away. I think a bit of empathy would have gone a long way. He did not seem disrespectful and after speaking with the news persons appeared to be truthful in his not knowing the law in the area he was driving through. Then when he asks their names they back off. Have you ever sen a reported not want to give their name? I beleieve a warning would have went much further given what I saw in the video and would have made a better relationship with the citizens and police. Stay safe, Lt. Sal

Joe @ 7/16/2013 5:23 AM

He was rude the moment he hit the private vehicle door.

mark @ 7/16/2013 7:03 AM

Officer got irrate way too fast. Had no business slamming the door shut. No need to raise his voice like he did. He's got the badge on, the guy would get back in the car without being yelled at.

Jim Miller @ 7/17/2013 12:44 AM

Officer did a great job taking control of the situation. He yelled to get his attention to get him back in his truck. Officer's have no idea if someone is going produce a weapon or run from them. Everyone knows you are supposed to stay in your vehicle. Most officers who lose control of a traffic stop end up getting hurt, or have to chase a suspect. Good job all around! Sorry he "hurt" the old guy's little feelings.

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