Of course, Bigkid's talking about this
thread. And don't worry about it 'kid, you're not stepping on my toes in the least.
Anyway, my thoughts...
The officer charged is a 9-month probationary recruit in my agency. The Sheriff's Department has charged him for providing allegedly false information to Sheriff's accident investigators who were at the scene (the accident occurred outside the city limits, for those not familiar with Omaha and surrounding areas).
There will be two simultaneous investigations; the criminal inquiry (born of the charges levied by the Sheriff's Office and the subsequent trial that seems likely to take place) as well as an in-house internal review here. The recruit officer will have to beat the criminal charge in court and
be able to mount a defense internally that he didn't break any departmental rules of conduct. My gut tells me he's not long for this world, which is unfortunate because he seemed like a squared away guy. That said, he made his bed and did not demonstrate good judgement in being out there with 30 or 40 idiot squids. And lying to investigating officers, if proven true, is inexcusable.
Worse yet is what this event spells for the sportbiking community in the Omaha area. In a kneejerk reaction, local LE agencies are vowing a dragnet this summer, one to target what ignorant police administrators are calling 'racer rockets' ... people will see the bright plastic, hear the growl of I4 and 90-degree v-twin engines, and automatically assume the rider is out raise hell. Insurance underwriters who live here and have seen the coverage are no doubt panicking, and the public is being asked to call 911 from their cell phones when they see motorcycles like ours being ridden aggressively.
Times like this cause me some real pause - I don't like being cast in same group as mouth-breathing squids who take over a public road and wind up killing one of their own. I fear things like this will lead me away from plastic ensconced machines for my next motorcycle purchase.