Watch this. Think of officers like Chicago PD's Joe D. Parker next time a cop testifies that he had probable cause since he observed a motorist swerving, or smelled marijuana inside a vehicle.
And add the footage of officer Parker arresting Raymond Bell for allegedly driving under the influence to the now-incontrovertible argument that, whenever possible, everything the police does that leads to a possible arrest — from traffic stops to SWAT raids — ought to be meticulously recorded.
Chicago defense lawyers say there are two reasons police officers might cut corners or even lie to boost their DUI arrest numbers: First, they stand to profit from the resulting overtime for going to court on the cases; also, there are accolades to be had.
One such accolade: Parker was named a "top cop" by the Schaumburg-based Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists, for his fabulously high number of DUI arrests. Parker's colleague John Haleas received the same honor, only to be charged with lying about his encounters with allegedly intoxicated drivers. So brazen were Haleas's fabrications that so far, 156 of his DUI cases that came under investigators' scrutiny have been dismissed.