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 $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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      Luke
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's butt-hole cops like THIS ONE that give good ones a bad name. Driving over the white line? Really? This cop's story has more holes than swiss cheese.
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      **** the police. There I said what everyone was thinking.
      Danny
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why did the cop have to touch the tail light lens twice? Was he double checking or was he asleep the first time? I think he was unsure of himself after thinking about the traffic stop and the chance he may be hauled into court to explain his actions. Hope the guy beats it and gets paid for his time in court in a civil suit. The guys all in the donut shop during court should be a slam dunk for him.
        metric91
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Danny
        The reason police officers usually touch the rear of the vehicle, is to leave their fingerprints. This is done incase a crime is committed, like the driver shooting the officer and then driving off.
        ihyln
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Danny
        It's an old thing that cops used to do by leaving their fingerprint on the vehicle in case there was any dispute about the cop being there/doing something. These days with dash cams it's sort of unecessary.
      SpacemanSpiff
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should make the cop take a drug test while they're at it. That's the only explanation I can think of, he must be high as a kite.
      carlbens
      • 1 Year Ago
      With Traffic violations, you are guilty until you prove your innocence. Any time there is a dispute with a traffic violation, the officer should need to prove guilt - the citizen should not have to prove his innocence. If an officer knew that he may have to prove his case in court and he had the burden of proof, he would be less likely to issue Traffic violations unless he was sure of the citizen's guilt.
      rtaylorconst
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope McIver gets the whole 2,000.00. It should come out of that for officer's pay. That would be justice!
      quincy_maxwell
      • 1 Year Ago
      The cop should be fired and the man deserves much more than the $2,000.00 he is asking for. And since the cop didn't even show up for court, mocking the system, he should be put in jail and fined for contempt. The man should have won the case automatically.
      The Achins
      • 1 Year Ago
      This happened to a girlfriend and I as we traveled through a small Iowa town around 3 AM. I was told I ran a red light, when I had not at all -- came to a complete stop. When I protested, one officer turned to the other, and said, "I say that, didn't you?" The second one smiled, chuckled and said something like, "Yep, sure did." Then they both looked at me and smiled. When I argued, they said I could come back there from FL and fight it. Remember that the next time someone tells you that because someone wears a badge he/she is a paragon of virtue. Just watching cops blow through red lights or break the sound barrier when they are driving without red lights flashing proves otherwise.
      no7mk1
      • 1 Year Ago
      cops...the new domestic terrorists....
      gerbersmail
      • 1 Year Ago
      This officer should be reprimanded and suspended w/o pay for the improper use of his authority. If something like this happens a second time he should be terminated immediately. If he were working in the private sector he would have been fired!
      BossOfEverybody!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope you actually CAN beat City Hall. "Protect and Serve" has morphed to "Bully and Fleece"
      diva5555
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope this guy gets every penny he's suing for.
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