People are all up in arms after finding out about so called “get of jail free cards” issued by law enforcement to friends and family. It all came to light when the New York Post reported that the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) plans to reduce the number of cards issued to members, in an effort to prevent theft and online sales.
The plastic, wallet-sized cards exist to show the card holder has a close personal relationship with one or more law enforcement officers. Critics argue that amounts to preferential treatment, though it’s unclear if the cards have actually helped offenders walk free.
Same as it Ever Was
Everything is at officer’s discretion. So regardless of whether you have a card, window decal, say you’re a cop/judge, there’s no way to guarantee you’ll get off easy.
If you’re rude or abrasive, you won’t get the same treatment as if you cooperate. That’s a difficult concept for some people to grasp, I realize, but it remains the truth.
On the other hand, this is why people don’t trust police. Why issue the cards at all? Rather than having to explain away their existence, why not just treat everyone who violates the law the same, regardless of “who they know?”
by France Kahyline
Residential Life Magazine