Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Sharp Cop

OK, i can't describe this any better than salon.com did:

Woe is Carl Bordelon, a police officer for the town of Ball, La. His dashboard camera captured (below) his questioning of Richard Lee McNair, 47, on Wednesday. Earlier that same day, McNair had escaped from a federal penitentiary at nearby Pollock, La., reportedly hiding in a prison warehouse and sneaking out in a mail van. Bordelon, on the lookout, stopped McNair when he saw him running along some railroad tracks. What follows is a chillingly fascinating performance from McNair, who manages to remain fairly smooth and matter-of-fact while tripping up Bordelon. The officer notices that the guy matches the description of McNair -- who was serving a life sentence for killing a trucker at a grain elevator in Minot, N.D., in 1987 -- observes that he looked like he'd "been through a briar patch" and had to wonder why he would choose appalling heat (at least according to that temperature gauge in the police car) to go running, without any identification, on a dubious 12-mile run. But he doesn't notice when McNair changes his story -- he gives two different names (listen for it) -- and eventually, Bordelon bids him farewell, saying: "Be careful, buddy." McNair remains on the loose. (Note: Video is more than eight minutes long but worth it.)
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4 comments:

Dr. Wagner said...

Dude, that is awesome! They are never gonna catch that guy!!

Polly said...

well, at least Roscoe P. Coltrane isn't.

Dr. Wagner said...

When he says "I know you're not him. You would've run by now if you were." That's some amazing detective work. How many red flags did this guy need? Matches the description, no I.D., no local residence, and he's all cut up! I mean, seriously, what would it take for him to make the leap and hang on to the guy?

Polly said...

what kills me is the way the cop is talking to the convict like 'boy, this is a hoot!'