WE’VE GOT YOUR SIX
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This week, our own Dan Watson interviews Robert Stucks who is an experienced criminal attorney, personal injury lawyer and a municipal court judge.
Experience shows that being named the defendant in a civil lawsuit has simply become part of being a cop. I had a supervisor many years ago when I was still learning the ropes tell me, “If a cop doesn’t get any complaints and if he is never sued, then he isn’t doing anything.”
Those words sounded pretty harsh to me, as a rookie. Over time, I realized just how smart my old sarge was.
I recall finding the lawsuit paperwork in my mailbox one day when I arrived at the station. Initially, I was panicked. “But, I didn’t do anything wrong. Why am I being sued?”
It was then that another very wise senior cop uttered those famous words, “Any asshole with fifty bucks and a typewriter can sue you. Calm down. The city’s attorney will handle it.”
And handle it is exactly what he did.
In a very comfortable conversation, Robert answers three questions that come to every cop’s mind after he has been served papers for the first time.
Question #1 – What should I be doing to prevent being sued?
Question #2 – What should I do when I get sued?
Question #3 – Is it possible to be sued if I’ve done nothing wrong?
I encourage you to grab a cup of coffee (or your favorite beverage), sit back and enjoy listening to these two Southern Boys drawl on while you learn some valuable lessons about enduring the inevitable.
“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “
We couldn’t agree more.
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