Stupidity or arrogance: Your choice

When I read stories like this I wonder if it’s even safe to leave the house. It certainly makes me believe that one should avoid law enforcement officers at all cost.

Bryan Roddy, 45, of Norwalk, was hunting in Laura and Bob Feghali’s North Stamford back yard Dec. 30 when an officer responding to a neighbor’s report of a “man with a gun in a tree” approached and demanded he drop his weapon, according to the police report.

Roddy, a contractor working on the Feghalis’ house, had permission to hunt deer on their 1-acre property at 68 Saddle Hill Road, off Rockrimmon Road.

Roddy was reluctant to drop the bow, saying it would be damaged it if fell to the ground, but complied after Officer Glenn Coppola drew his gun, according to the report.

“Only after several stern commands did this male drop his bow and arrows,” Coppola wrote in his report.

Roddy said he tried to lower the bow to the ground with a rope but Coppola ordered him to drop it.

“The officer, at gunpoint, made me drop the bow about 30 feet,” he said.

Roddy filed a claim against the city for $469.56, the cost of repairing the BowTech compound bow.

When you read reports like this you have to wonder if there is something that they aren’t telling you in the article. Surely the police officer couldn’t be so obtuse and such a jerk. But then I hear local stories that make me realize that these things happen, not just “somewhere else”, but right where you live.

It’s not that a lack of common sense is found solely in law enforcement officers. It’s just that when you do encounter it there it comes with the force of authority behind it. And in this particular case, a drawn gun.

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