In Seattle, a semi truck hit a jogger, nearly killing him. While the jogger lay almost dying, the police officers who responded to the accident were busy sneering at his decision not to drive a car. This being 2011, their comments were caught on video.
Here's the most relevant excerpt, from the local TV station that obtained the video:
"That's why you drive a car!" the first one remarks.
"Yeah, don't try to jog to work, you dumb (expletive)," said the other.
Now, bikers are often subjected to such 'tude, but joggers? Isn't it a god-given right in this country to get your jog on? Or at least a right endorsed by Bill Clinton in the 1990s? Washington state has even been encouraging good citizens like the injured man to use alternative forms of transportation while a major route, the Alaskan Way Viaduct, is closed. Really, this sort of incident is how we know the country is deifying the car to a ridiculous extent. And also how we know that cops still haven’t mastered the concept of “everything, including phones and cars, has a camera in it now.”
Video shows cops mocking critically injured man, KOMO-TV.
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