In this Situation? Do Not Write the Citation

Authorities in Cologne are trying to wipe the egg off of their faces.

Administrators are now apologizing after one of their officers fined a handicapped man for having only one hand-brake on his bicycle.

After a late March encounter in the city, the officer declared that Bogdan Ionescu's bicycle was illegal according to German laws.

But Mr. Ionescu had a persuasive reason for having only a brake on the left handlebar of his bicycle: he has only one arm.

He had a modified bike to better suit his needs.

The handicapped defendant tried to explain to the officer that in addition to his one hand brake, the cycle was also equipped with a rear foot brake, but the officer still decided to cite Mr. Ionescu €25.


Local citizens were outraged by the incident.

National and international media ran the story, and calls in support for the one-armed bicyclist rang loudly from around the world.

Understandably, police administrators decided to refund Mr. Ionescu's money and issue an apology.

It was also reported that Wolfgang Albers, the city's chief of police, will personally apologize to the cyclist.

Glad to hear that they are getting it right.
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When a community entrusts a police officer to protect and serve, honesty and integrity are at the top in terms of the desired attributes.

A characteristic also highly sought for an individual in law enforcement is common sense.

And common sense should direct an officer to use discretion--in this case, choosing not to cite a one-armed bicycle rider with functional brakes who uses his leg muscles to get to and from work.

It is not that much to ask of any government official.

In whatever the country that you call home.
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Happy 4th to my American friends, and I hope you all have a good weekend. 

21 comments:

Anthony Hopper said...

Too often, workers (in all fields) leave their 'common sense' a home.

Mary Kirkland said...

There was no need to give that man a fine. Good grief.

Pat Hatt said...

lol wow, that goes a bit beyond common sense. That officer must have left all sense home that day. Happy Independence Day

messymimi said...

Yes, there are laws, and he's there to enforce them. Knowing there were two brakes on the bicycle should have been enough for him to realize the man complied with the law. Ugh.

A blessed and beautiful Independence Day to you!

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
We'd all be a lot better off if some folks who DO always seem to leave their brains on the bedroom dresser, would AT LEAST decide to carry it in their hip pocket or even a fanny-pack.

Good call.

Stay safe out there.

Lady Lilith said...

That is such a terrible story. I hope the cop looses his right to practice.

ladyfi said...

Oops! How silly.

Lydia Kang said...

Oh geez. What ever happened to common sense?

Have a great holiday!

Chrys Fey said...

How terrible. At least the police administrators made the right decision in the end.

Happy 4th!!! :)

Brian Miller said...

i agree...and that they were willing to come back and change the ruling does make a difference...though i would hope discretion woul dhave been taken earlier...

hope you have a great 4th

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

At least they are trying now to make it right.

Elise Fallson said...

*facepalm*

I really wonder about people sometimes. At least law enforcement is trying to make things right. I wonder though if they would have had citizens and media not gotten involved.

Hope you have a great 4th of July weekend! :)

Maxi said...

This is a case of pure ego…

blessings ~ maxi

Bijoux said...

It's good to know there are Barney Fifes all over the world and not just here. Sheesh!

Stephanie Faris said...

I experienced this in America a few years ago when I was pulled over. Officers hear so many excuses, they refuse to listen anymore. They just want to issue a ticket and be on their way. This case shows that they should LISTEN to citizens because sometimes people have a very good reason. That officer should be reprimanded, for sure.

Diane Estrella said...

Happy 4th to you too!

Diane Estrella said...

Happy 4th to you too!

pomadness said...

Well said!! I guess people are so used to thinking in patterns and rather robotically, that when they face a situation that doesnt exactly fit in their everyday picture, they still follow proceedure even if it doesnt apply. So weird

Secret Agent Woman said...

Good grief. Sometimes the letter of the law blonds us to the spirit of it.

BobKat said...

Nice bit of reporting... I like this. Thanks.

Theresa Milstein said...

That is ridiculous! And if he had a second front brake, how would that help exactly???