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November 10, 2010

Balto. Co. won't discipline officer who got Ray Rice autograph

Posting from Peter: 

Baltimore County police will not discipline the officer who received an autograph from Ravens running back Ray Rice during a traffic stop in Owings Mills on Monday, a department spokesman said.

Lt. Robert McCullough said investigators confirmed that the officer got the prized signature after he had verbally warned Rice that the tint on his car's windshield was darker than the law allows.

Rice had posted a statement on Twitter that indicated he got out of a ticket in exchange for the autograph. He quickly deleted the post and told reporters that it had been poorly worded and that it was he who offered his signature after getting the warning.

McCullough said on Wednesday that "we determined that the officer didn't give Mr. Rice special treatment. He treated Mr. Rice no differently than he would have treated any other motorist."

The spokesman said it is unusual for an officer to accept a gift from a citizen on a call but he said the officer, who he did not identify, did not break any rules and faces no disciplinary action.

"It is unusual but this was not a quid pro quo. Mr. Rice offered his autograph for the officer's son."

Posted by Anica Butler at 3:16 PM | | Comments (19)
Categories: Baltimore County


Sure, sure, sure. Of course they would say it was after the warning. Don't want to mess it up for the next celebrity that gets stopped now do we?
Let me ask this question. How did Ray Rice know the officer even had a son???? There was obviously more than meets the eye here. I certainly wouldnt know if the officer that pulled me over has children......unless that info was told to me by the officer.....then why would a officer just tell me that on a traffic stop.......things that make you go huuuummm!

I sure hope Ray Rice learned a lesson with this experience. It would be a heck of a thing for an officer to lose his job or an opportunity for a promotion that could hurt his family due to Rice's statements.

Police officers are human too and can get a bit star struck when meeting celebrities or sports figures they admire... As long as no laws were broke, and a warning for the tint was within legal limits, let the officer take the autograph. Heaven knows they work hard enough and this was a friendly stop....

Don't get your undies in a knot. I have been stopped buy County officers and have been given a warning for going a "tad" over the limit. I have also been issued a ticket. Many factors determine if you do or don't. Not treating the cop like he is an idiot or being honest goes a long way. Although, I would be a remiss in not saying there are officers who live to give the citation. I've worked with them...

I'm normally very critical of the Police, but... I don't see anything wrong here. Maybe tweeting about getting out of a repair order isn't the best idea...

Cops are fans of the Ravens just like the rest of us. People forget that behind the uniforms are normal humans too. Get over it.

What's the difference when a hot woman get's away with a ticket.

I agree with Dennis. He shouldn't have said anything.

There are many more terrible things that go on in life than something like this. It wasn't a moving violation or a drug-related traffic stop and an autograph was exchanged. Sure, words could have been chosen better by Ray on Twitter, but has life gotten this serious and cynical that either the officer or Ray Rice would find themselves in a position to get in significant trouble? I sure miss the good ole' days when this wouldn't even be blinked at.

Relax, everyone. When your tint is too dark, they issue you a work order saying you need to have it inspected and verified to be within the laws. There was nothing for him to "get out of."


and this has to pass for news?

Boiles - You apparently have a personality disorder. Sometime in your past you had an unpleasant experience with law enforcement.. IT SHOWS IN YOUR POST. Get some help and smile once in a while.

Did he get a repair order to remove the tint? Most people do in that case. Otherwise it appears that he was let off with an autograph in exchange.

I wonder if my autograph would have gotten me the same treatment??

I have given many autographs to police officers who had pulled me over for some infraction of the traffic laws. Of course it was always at the bottom of a ticket but whats the difference, an autograph from a football star? who cares? He didnt ask for money, didnt plant drugs, didnt shoot the guy 13 times, didnt throw him and his skateboard to the ground. Anybody seen any real crimes going on out there?

How cares??? There has got to be more important issues To print!!!!

I posted a response video on you tube under MICHAEL GOURDINE....Please watch.

I am surprised that this is news. I don't see any problem here at all. THANX Ray Rice for doing a nice thing.

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Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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