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Man beats ticket on dashcam evidence, takes town to court [w/Videos]

Posted Jul 30th 2013 1:30PM

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Vermont police pull over Rod MacIver

Rod MacIver wanted justice after being wronged by his local police department. He was pulled over and cited for running a red light, despite the officer's dashcam video clearly shown that he hadn't. When the matter went to court, the judge, after viewing the footage, threw the case out and dressed down the officer, Jason Lawton.

MacIver isn't through, though, taking the matter to small claims court over the time and effort involved in beating his original ticket. Looking for US$2,000 in damages, the 56-year-old resident argues that the department's default attitude "was dishonesty in every encounter."

With his day in court scheduled and Judge Samuel Hoar "looking forward to" the proceedings, neither the officer, his sergeant nor a department administrator were to be found. Only the Shelburne Police Department's lawyer, Colin McNeil, showed up in court. Arguing that the burden of proof was on MacIver, the lawyer argued that the officers didn't need to attend the proceedings (no joke, they were across the street at a coffee shop – insert donut jokes in three, two, one...), meaning the matter was set aside for a future date. While the matter still isn't resolved, Judge Hoar informed McNeil that "it would be a mistake" for the officers to miss the next hearing, according to a report from WCAX.

Take a look at the full video below and the news report, and let us know what you think. Was there any reason for pulling MacIver over?

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jaypaulderatany

are you people crazy this light was clearly green when the man went through it. The cop was bored and wanted to be a pain

August 01 2013 at 7:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ppolesello

its the light where cop parked. not when following. He admits it when talking to him too. Only thing weird is it took forever to pull him over.

August 01 2013 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ppolesello

The light was red for 2-3 seconds when he went through intersection. I can't see right side of intersection though, so cant see when he entered intersection. If yellow when he entered, then he is fine. If red when he entered, then he is guilty. The light that he ran is on the top top left corner of screen. barely visible.

July 31 2013 at 7:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dboiani

Unless it's for the very first light the pick up went through, when the officer was stopped, at the very beginning of the video, there is no way this man ran any light. Also, the light at the beginning was still amber when he entered the intersection. Why wait for 2 miles before pulling him over? Sound like BS.

July 31 2013 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
45647400

I agree it all depends on the light's timing. The officer's light turned green almost immediately after McIver's truck went through. I give it a 2 count.

July 31 2013 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jwnd

Aha this guy definitely blew the red light..And did an improper left turn to switch lanes.

July 30 2013 at 9:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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LC

what video are you watching. every light was green

July 31 2013 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert Raczkowski

Where I'm from there is a good 3-Mississippi count between one light turning red and the other turning green. In the video, the light for the cop goes green just as the driver is clearing the intersection... counting 3 seconds back he would have clearly run a red. Not sure how the lights are timed there but I'm sure that info was reviewed...

July 30 2013 at 5:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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LC

???? they are all green lights... what video are you guys watching?

July 31 2013 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jsnoobert

The very beginning of the video...THAT'S the red light he went through (the cops were on the road perpendicular to him going through the intersection). They then followed him through several green lights, then stopped him. I agree...from the timing, chances are that light was red when he went through the first intersection.

July 31 2013 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down