This Post Best Read While Listening to Yakety Sax

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

So much libertarian goodness in this story.

On a cold, dark night on the mean streets of the UK, an undercover police officer was radioed and informed that a potential suspect was close by. Keen to do the right thing, he set off in hot pursuit. Twenty fraught minutes later, he learned he’d been chasing… himself.

The CCTV operator reported to police that someone was ‘acting suspiciously’, according to The Telegraph. Unfortunately, the officer who decided to follow up on the report was actually the shadowy figure in question.

From the Telegraph:

“The CCTV operator soon had the suspect on camera and everywhere he saw the male the keen PC was on his heels – radioing in to say he was in the same street.”

He added: “Every time the man darted in to another side alleyway, the PC was turning immediately into the same alleyway, but every time the CCTV operator asked what he could see there was no trace.”

It was at this point that the sergeant entered the control room where he recognised the junior officer.

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16 Responses to “This Post Best Read While Listening to Yakety Sax

  1. #1 |  Mykeru | 

    Imagining it while listening to Yakety Sax is great, but even better would be to imagine it as Trigger Happy TV where the cop is undercover wearing a bunny suit.

  2. #2 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    Actually, I have to side with the CCTV operator here. Anyone who follows this blog regularly should be aware of how shifty undercover police seem to have become.

  3. #3 |  Carl-Bear | 

    I doubt we’ll ever get “the rest of the story”, but I don’t think this was quite the tale of incompetence it initially sounds like. I read a report about it the other day. The guy on the street had a rep with other cops as an aggressively over-eager newby. My guess is that the dispatched knew exactly who he was running around, and why.

  4. #4 |  freedomfan | 

    Hee! Thanks, Radley. That was a perfect way to start the day. Hard to imagine how it could be any better. Maybe if the dispatch had ominously warned him that “someone” was chasing him…

    And, I never knew that Yackety Sax was was the name of the Benny Hill Show theme song. Something new every day. :)

  5. #5 |  Brandon | 

    Obviously this should go into the category of unsolved crimes, and their budget should be increased to ensure that something like this never happens again.

  6. #6 |  Matthew X. Economou | 

    Life imitates art: This happened in an episode of Spongebob Squarepants, too.

  7. #7 |  Andrew Roth | 

    If the CCTV operator was actually playing a prank on the probie in order to teach him not to be so paranoid and officious, that’s one of the best internal affairs mind fucks in police history.

    I’d like to see that operator set up shop in Eureka, CA in order to keep an eye on the townie beat cops and report them to the Highway Patrol for prowling whenever their lurking turns creepy. EPD has probably the creepiest patrol procedures I’ve ever seen, in addition to a large number of really weird and untrustworthy cops. It doesn’t help matters that the city council recently fired Chief Garr Nielsen, who was a bit strange himself but was nonetheless an outsider who didn’t mind stepping on toes when internal discipline warranted it, and replaced him with Murl Harpham, who is the ultimate old boy in a department infested with cronyism, ass-covering and contempt for the public. Among California agencies the EPD is at the top of my wishlist for departmental POST decertification.

  8. #8 |  Collin | 

    Thanks, Radey. This made my morning.

  9. #9 |  Hey!!! | koivwvia | 

    […] I thought only my dawgs chased their tails . . . […]

  10. #10 |  kant | 

    the Freudian implications of this are delicious.

  11. #11 |  What we have here is a failure to communicate « Blunt Object | 

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  12. #12 |  Justthisguy | 

    “All right, I know I’m in there! I can’t get away, I’m surrounded! Come out slowly with my hands up, and nobody gets hurt! “

  13. #13 |  David | 

    He should have taken a hostage as an homage to Mel Brooks.

  14. #14 |  Coises | 

    If it happened here, the report would be classified… National Security, you know.

  15. #15 |  Jeff B. | 

    This is like the “Hall Monitor” episode of Spongebob.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep6a4kOVzcQ

  16. #16 |  TSPinNH | 

    There is actually a Spongebob Squarepants episode with exact same gag.

    Life imitates art.

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