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    Exclamation Cop fired after helping fellow officers in distress

    It was a Saturday on campus when David Sedmak, a Rice University police officer, heard "Officer down, officer down!" on his scanner: Two members of the Houston Police Department had been shot downtown. Sedmak rushed to the scene to help his fellow officers.

    But Rice didn't see Sedmak as a hero. Instead, the university fired him, citing "dereliction of duty."

    The university said in a statement that its officers often assist other law enforcement agencies when the need arises. But Sedmak erred, it said, by not informing the university police dispatcher about where he was.

    "Sedmak left his post when only two other officers were on duty and failed to notify his supervisor of his whereabouts for nearly an hour, which could have endangered the safety of our students and campus," according to the university.

    The May 7 episode that led to Sedmak's controversial dismissal began when Jesse Brown, 20, was seen with a pistol as he tried to buy a ticket at the Greyhound bus station in downtown Houston. When HPD officer Fernando Meza, working an off-duty job at the station, confronted Brown about the weapon, Brown shot him in the hand. Soon after, Brown shot another officer, Timothy Moore, in the leg.

    Sedmak said he arrived on the scene and prepared for a confrontation with the armed suspect. Several HPD officers came in after him and took cover behind his patrol car. Brown, who had been accused of shooting a 3-year-old girl, her grandfather and another man on Halloween in San Francisco, then shot and killed himself as Sedmak and the other cops closed in.

    Both Meza and Moore were at a news conference Monday to show their support for Sedmak, a former Galveston police officer. The Houston Police Officer's Union presented him with a $2,500 check to help as he looks for new work.

    Sedmak was stunned by the dismissal. "My only concern on that day was to render aid to these two officers," he said. "Quite frankly, I couldn't believe that after being in law enforcement for nearly 17 years that I was being relieved of my duty for running an assist to an officer."

    Kevin Lawrence of the Texas Municipal Police Association agreed. "You don't fire a guy for this unless he's a chronic disciplinary problem," Lawrence said. "You call him in, you counsel him and you put him back out there. If he's a good cop, he's a good employee. You use this as a training opportunity."

    Just goes to show you that playing "SheepDog" does it payoff to well, he lost his job to rushing in without thinking about what he was doing. Rushing in to help two, risked the lives of thousands on campus as well as his fellow officers in his department.

    THEY MAY TAKE OUR LIVES BUT THEY'LL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!

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    Can't wait to watch everyone scream at each other disagreeing about this... I will say that if Houston pd thinks he's so great they should put their money where their mouth is and hire him, otherwise they should butt out of rice u's business

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    I highly doubt that thousands of students were in peril for an hour while this guy helped two fallen officers.

    He's a hero in my book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCMXI View Post
    I highly doubt that thousands of students were in peril for an hour while this guy helped two fallen officers.

    He's a hero in my book.
    are you referring to the thousands of legally disarmed college students and professors who due to not being able to exercise their second amendment rights place all of their safety needs in the hands of a guy who bailed without permission or notification? Or are we talking about a different group of thousands?

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    He deserted his post! That is the issue!

    -Doc

  7. Running to assist is not abandoning your post.

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    If you leave your post for any reason without authority/orders/policy, you HAVE abandoned your post!

    He violated his departments rules.

    Whats so hard about this concept?

    -Doc

  9. I'm pretty sure it's "policy"to assist other officers in distress. See, there's nothing difficult about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bighouse Doc View Post
    If you leave your post for any reason without authority/orders/policy, you HAVE abandoned your post!

    He violated his departments rules.

    Whats so hard about this concept?

    -Doc
    So, if a Marine is standing guard, and a firefight erupts outside the gate, and a brother Marine goes down, is it dereliction of duty if said Marine leaves his guard post to assist? I highly doubt it. In fact, he(she) would probably be awarded for such activities.

    Definition:
    has willfully refused to perform his duties (or follow a given order) or has incapacitated himself in such a way that he cannot perform his duties

    Yeah, he left the "dangerous" confines of the campus, but it wasn't to get a hot dog. It was to possibly save the lives of two fellow officers. The University went beyond what should have been done.

    That's my opinion. Yours might vary...

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottbland247 View Post
    are you referring to the thousands of legally disarmed college students and professors who due to not being able to exercise their second amendment rights place all of their safety needs in the hands of a guy who bailed without permission or notification? Or are we talking about a different group of thousands?
    While I support carry on campus, or anywhere for that matter, do you honestly believe that the students were in greater danger with him gone than if he were there? How many times have the cops been around when you truly needed them?

    If a woman was getting raped, she'd be getting raped whether he was there or not. As I stated above, he wasn't out getting a hot dog. He was aiding two officers who were shot in the line of duty.

    My opinion won't change. He did the right thing.

    You're welcome to your own opinion and conclusion.

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