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Old 07-20-2009, 05:11 PM
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Default Police Apologize for Error, Pay for Damage

It's nice to know that police departments can apologize for errors and, moreover, put their money where their mouth is.

So often in this modern world of ours the police seem to challenge citizens to prove them wrong.

In Japan, the police investigated a faulty traffic signal, and, having done so, have admitted error.

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The police have admitted the error was entirely due to their negligence. They have apologized to the drivers, compensated them for the full cost of damage incurred, and have removed the signal in front of the dealership.
No lawsuit, apparently, was necessary.

Would this happen in America?

See: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national...20TDY03101.htm
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:45 PM
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I'm surprised it took 30 years to notice the glitch... and I think it would happen in small-town America, but not somewhere like Chicago or LA.
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I'm surprised it took 30 years to notice the glitch... and I think it would happen in small-town America, but not somewhere like Chicago or LA.
Yes, perhaps. It seems like people have to take the police to court to get some kind of acknowledgment of error these days, though. The police just don't want to admit wrongdoing, it appears.

Even at that, the courts at times take the side of officers. There's a case now where people are all up in arms because a number of officers had their speeding tickets thrown out because there wasn't a stated policy that specified when officers could speed. However, the police department had already stated that they always required its officers to state a valid reason for speeding, and if they didn't, they had to pay the ticket. As it stands, however, the court said that these particular officers didn't have to pay their tickets.
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Very intersting.
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