Last week, Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Ales pulled over a guy named Mike Powers and gave him a speeding ticket.
After Powers asked Ales “how the cops are feeling in Mississippi with all of the senseless killings,” he handed the officer a wooden saint bracelet as a gift. And wouldn’t you know it, after buttering up Ales like that, the ticket was later voided.
How heartwarming to know that faith-based bribes are still as powerful as ever…
The bracelet encounter has bonded Ales and Powers in a way they didn’t know it could, as well. They have been texting each other since the encounter, and are coming up with ideas to keep the positive momentum going.
“I’ve made a lifelong friend out of it,” Powers said. “We spoke last night about starting a charity and selling bracelets and using the money to give to the families of fallen officers.”
That’s all well and good. I’m glad there’s respect for the good cops out there who are just doing their jobs. There’s also the racial component people are playing up. But can we go back to the part where you can get out of a ticket by giving the cop a religious bracelet? (Or how about the part where Powers posted about his encounter on Facebook to brag about how awesome he is?)
I know cops have discretion to give warnings, but there are so many aspects of this story that rub me the wrong way and I can’t understand why so many outlets are acting like it’s the feel-good story of the year.
Or maybe I’m over-reacting. I’m sure you’ll let me know if the comments.
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