Video: No charges to be filed against officer found drunk, passed out behind wheel of cruiser

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DENVER, Colo. (WJW) — A police officer found passed out drunk at the wheel of his cruiser in Colorado will not face charges in the incident.

Body camera video shows fellow officers on the scene where Nate Meier was found unconscious in his patrol car. The engine was running, and his foot was on the brake.

“I’m frustrated because bottom line is, if one of us had been in that car and not Officer Nate Meier, you ask me if do I think it would have been treated differently? I do,” said District Attorney George Brauchler. “There was no attempt by Aurora Police Department to get a blood sample at any time. No request at all.”

During the internal affairs investigation, it was learned that Meier had a blood alcohol reading of .430, which is five times the legal limit. That test was done by hospital staff and is not admissible in court.

Had the police department requested the blood test, that record could have been subpoenaed.

“We did it wrong,” said interim Chief Vanessa Wilson. “We did not charge him with a DUI.”

Wilson said officers are held to a higher standard and that in the future, a DUI investigation will be undertaken.

“This became an ignorance is bliss moment,” said Brauchler. “I think this became, we don’t want to know. We don’t want to get evidence that might show what we suspect. I don’t think that’s a cover up but it’s a couple blocks from it.”

Meier was also in uniform when he was found and was armed with his service weapon.

“You had a close up and personal image of that scene that we have seen played over and over again. The officers wrote in their reports that they smelled alcohol and when they were interviewed in internal affairs they stated they smelled the faint odor of alcohol, so they weren’t covering it up,” said Wilson.
 
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DENVER, Colo. (WJW) — A police officer found passed out drunk at the wheel of his cruiser in Colorado will not face charges in the incident.

Body camera video shows fellow officers on the scene where Nate Meier was found unconscious in his patrol car. The engine was running, and his foot was on the brake.

“I’m frustrated because bottom line is, if one of us had been in that car and not Officer Nate Meier, you ask me if do I think it would have been treated differently? I do,” said District Attorney George Brauchler. “There was no attempt by Aurora Police Department to get a blood sample at any time. No request at all.”

During the internal affairs investigation, it was learned that Meier had a blood alcohol reading of .430, which is five times the legal limit. That test was done by hospital staff and is not admissible in court.

Had the police department requested the blood test, that record could have been subpoenaed.

“We did it wrong,” said interim Chief Vanessa Wilson. “We did not charge him with a DUI.”

Wilson said officers are held to a higher standard and that in the future, a DUI investigation will be undertaken.

“This became an ignorance is bliss moment,” said Brauchler. “I think this became, we don’t want to know. We don’t want to get evidence that might show what we suspect. I don’t think that’s a cover up but it’s a couple blocks from it.”

Meier was also in uniform when he was found and was armed with his service weapon.

“You had a close up and personal image of that scene that we have seen played over and over again. The officers wrote in their reports that they smelled alcohol and when they were interviewed in internal affairs they stated they smelled the faint odor of alcohol, so they weren’t covering it up,” said Wilson.

WTF??? Was the cop even fired from the police department???
 
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Anyone that wants to claim there are good cops, bad cops, well, the good cops cover up the bad cops, so they are just as culpable.
 
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This is called "Blue privilege." It happens. It happens a lot. We just don't hear about it often. Betcha this exact thing has happened a bunch of times, without the media getting a hold of it.
 
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This is called "Blue privilege." It happens. It happens a lot. We just don't hear about it often. Betcha this exact thing has happened a bunch of times, without the media getting a hold of it.
Yep, a lot of cops consider that sort of thing to be a fringe benefit of being a cop, almost a "right" of theirs.
 
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Yep, a lot of cops consider that sort of thing to be a fringe benefit of being a cop, almost a "right" of theirs.
Every time an off duty officer gets pulled over, THE first thing he tells the other cop, is that he's a cop too.
There's a reason for that. (as you stated)
 
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Every time an off duty officer gets pulled over, THE first thing he tells the other cop, is that he's a cop too.
There's a reason for that. (as you stated)
A friend of mine in St. Louis used to bar-tend in a local "cop bar", the stories he told about the way those guys acted and talked were just horrific.