Cop Busted Driving Drunk Asks To Be Let Go As A ‘Professional Courtesy’

catherine-trimboliThe situation currently going on in Ferguson, Missouri has put the behavior of many of our nation’s law enforcement officials in the headlines for the last several days.

But no matter what your opinion is concerning the events that continue to go on in Ferguson, I believe most people can agree that unethical and immoral behavior by those who are supposed to be “protecting and serving” us is never acceptable.

Especially those officers who don’t seem to feel that they should have to follow the same laws they’re supposed to enforce and expect everybody else to follow.

For example, a Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy who was caught drinking and driving asked the officer who pulled her over to let her go as a “professional courtesy.”

The deputy, 41-year-old Capt. Catherine Trimboli, was pulled over Sunday around 2:30 a.m. in Red Wing, Minnesota because she had been driving with her tail lights off.

During that stop Trimboli blew a .14, which is twice the legal limit. Meaning that she hadn’t just had a “couple” to drink, she was pretty much plastered.

She was booked by the local police for first-degree drunken driving.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has said she’s been relieved of command and put on administrative duty. He asserted that flashing her badge and trying to use her position as a law enforcement officer made a bad situation much worse.

It’s an odd situation of “good cop, bad cop” in the same exact story.

We have the “bad cop,” Catherine Trimboli, not only breaking the law, but asking for special treatment to avoid facing punishment for her crime. A crime which I’m certain she’s arrested people for committing in the past.

Then we have the “good cop,” the arresting officer, who kept to the law and did exactly what they should have done by taking Ms. Trimboli into custody. Someone who clearly had far too much to drink.

Because this is an issue that I know for a fact goes on far too often. Police officers not enforcing the law on other officers out of “professional courtesy.” Which isn’t right.

Those who we expect to enforce our laws shouldn’t believe that they are above them. And everyone, whether they’re an ordinary citizen or a police officer, should expect to abide by the exact same laws.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Eg Kbbs

    She was a Captain, not some lower level novice that didn’t know any better.

    The shame is that in that past, “professional courtesy” would have let her off. Kind of ridiculous that she didn’t seem to realize that with all the police misconduct coming to the forefront that such requests are extremely tone deaf to reality.