Police Abuse

Cop Charged With Using Illegal Traffic Stops to Pick Up Women

A New Jersey state trooper allegedly threatened two women with fines and jail time unless they turned over their phone numbers.

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For most people, the words "speed dating" refer to a matchmaking event where singles sit down with a large number of potential mates in rapid succession. For New Jersey State Trooper Eric Richardson, it reportedly involved threatening female motorists with tickets and arrest until they agree to go out with him.

On multiple occasions, the 32-year-old officer pulled over women for traffic violations, according to an indictment filed Thursday. The lovestruck lawman allegedly threatened the women with jail time and fines unless they handed over their phone numbers. Richardson then reportedly badgered the women over text in an attempt to start "an intimate relationship."

Richardson has now been hit with six charges stemming from these stops, including official misconduct, criminal coercion, and falsifying or tampering with records. If convicted, Richardson could face up to 33 years in prison and $350,000 in fines.

"Police are given great authority and are rightly held to the highest standards of integrity. When officers abuse their authority, as alleged in this case, they must be held accountable," said New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal in a statement on the charges.

Richardson's first attempt at roadside romance reportedly came in November 2016, when he allegedly pulled over a woman for having illegally tinted windows and expired registration. According to the indictment, Richardson "attempted to win favor" with the woman "by not towing the vehicle and letting her drive away."

Richardson then allegedly followed her, and—after realizing the nice guy strategy wasn't working—pulled her over a second time, demanding her phone number and refusing to listen to the woman's protestations that she was already in a relationship. The trooper allegedly proceeded to text her multiple times over the coming months and, after receiving no response, pulled the woman over again in January 2017 to ensure that she was in fact getting his messages.

Undeterred by the first unsuccessful courtship, Richardson reportedly pulled over a second motorist in Gloucester Township in December 2016. Getting a little kinky, Richardson allegedly pulled out his handcuffs and threatened to arrest this second woman—who had a suspended license and active arrest warrant out for her—unless she handed over her phone number.

With both women, the indictment says, Richardson filed false reports about the traffic stops, saying alternatively that he was stopping to aid a motorist, and, in the final case, that he had pulled over a male motorist.

The indictment against Richardson does not make clear how or when his behavior was discovered, but the trooper was suspended in May 2017. He remains suspended.

That Richardson is being charged for this creepy and coercive behavior is a good but rare thing. As Reason has covered on a number of occasions, police departments are loath to punish their own officers for misconduct, even for abuses worse than this.

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  1. “Police are given great authority and are rightly held to the highest standards of integrity. When officers abuse their authority, as alleged in this case, they must be held accountable,” said New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal in a statement on the charges.

    He then keeled over in a fit of laughter and had to be transported to the hospital. His current condition is unknown.

    1. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more!

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  2. “Police are given great authority and are rightly held to the highest standards of integrity.”

    That’s a strange spelling of “should be but almost never are.”

    1. “Police are given great authority and are rightly held to the highest standards of integrity. When officers abuse their authority, as alleged in this case, they must be held accountable,” said New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal in a statement on the charges. while barely suppressing laughter at the thought of something like that ever happening.

      FTFY

      1. Apologies Rhywun, I skipped right over your 12:18 post without reading it. I had the same thought, you just beat me to it.

  3. Seems that the distinction between power and authority has been forgotten.

    Police only have authority when enforcing the law. The rest of the time they are abusing their power.

    However in practice they do whatever they want and you better do whatever they say.

  4. “pulled over a woman for having illegally tinted windows and expired registration”

    I’m totally okay having a stalker if it means I get to save like $500.

  5. But remember, anyone who doesn’t want to give the government more power is a paranoid kook!

    1. Also, only police officers should be allowed to have weapons!

      1. There’s an Officer Friendly’s weapon joke in there somewhere.

        1. Probably not a very good one, though.

          1. Officer Friendly carries a weapon as part of his job, therefore it’s a tool. Officer Friendly’s a tool, so there might be a double joke in there, but #MeTool is not a joking matter.

            1. He’s probably only half-cocked.

  6. We need to find a way to identify, attract, and retain better people for law enforcement positions — better temperament, better training, better accountability, better monitoring, better education, better character, better judgment, better etc.

    1. The kind of power a police officer has over other people doesn’t attract better applicants.

      1. I know I’m not original, but that’s the same point I always make to people about why libertarians can’t get anywhere electorally or in government — what fucking libertarian would want to run for office or be in government? That’s like a vampire asking for extra garlic in his dishes.

        1. It’s also why Libertarian politicians so often come across as nutty – there’s a certain mental disconnect that has to take place in order to run for political office while espousing the belief that solutions aren’t found in politics.

          1. When asked why I would ever consider running for office, I’d opine, “Someone has to wrestle the gun away from the madman.” Whether I’m the right fellow to attempt that is a whole `nother question.

            1. Look at Ron Paul – he was in Congress for decades, and the best he was able to accomplish was raising awareness of libertarian ideas among a very small subset of voters. There are other routes to inform people and change their minds without all of the ethical compromises necessary to maintain that particular platform.

        2. Absolutely.

          Ever heard the joke about a police captain starting a swat team?
          “Okay, who wants to be on SWAT?”
          [[ hands raise ]]
          “Everyone with their hand down is SWAT.”

          There was also George Washington saying (paraphrased), “you motherfuckers better not make me preside-DAMNIT!”

          Then there was the OG virtuous citizen, Cincinnatus. Unlike Caesar, he relinquished control of the army after fulfilling his duty as commander-in-chief and went back to plowing his fields and his wife.

    2. The obvious answer is the free market one – offer more money. But the union leaders are too smart to allow that, since they’d wind up with members that don’t need them.

      1. We’re talking tax-paid agents whose primary role is further revenue generation for the state via fines and forfeiture. Free market answers aren’t even part of the same conceptual universe.

    3. No, we don’t.

      Look at the history of police forces. They are a very new phenomenon.

    4. We need to find a way to identify, attract, and retain better people for law enforcement positions — better temperament, better training, better accountability, better monitoring, better education, better character, better judgment, better etc.

      You seem to have selectively missed making it easier to let go of the riffraff for some reason. Without that and given your other search requirements, I recommend starting with Leprechauns’ pots of gold first and going from there.

    5. “We need to find a way to identify, attract, and retain better people for law enforcement positions — better temperament, better training, better accountability, better monitoring, better education, better character, better judgment, better etc.”

      Start by holding them accountable ALL THE TIME, not just this one time because it’s right after #metoo, for their actions!

      Name one other profession where you can rob people of their belongings and even shoot them dead with no other consequences apart from increased paid vacation. And if the person shot was black, suicidal, elderly, or mentally impaired, it’s even MORE likely they get increased vacation, which is another reason former schoolyard bullies who loved to pick on anyone “different” love the job.

      FFS, even political leaders have a harder time getting away with murder than simply saying they “feared for their lives” in that moment.

      You seriously wonder why scumbags are attracted to the profession?

  7. What kind of a pathetic limpdick do you have to be to only be able to get dates at gunpoint?

    1. Ask Johnny Longtorso the next time he shows up.

    2. Did he actually get dates?

      1. You would think it must have worked at least once, but maybe this guy is especially dense.

        There was a similar incident in Utah, where the one of the heroes of the 2007 Trolley Square massacre was later convicted of getting a bj from a teenage girl while on duty.

        Thing was, she had kept quiet for a couple of years and didn’t say anything until she got tired of the local Media’s hero worship and decided to let everyone know the full story.

  8. In other news, attorneys are currently filing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of women who received speeding tickets from this officer and are offended that he didn’t ask for their number.

    1. +1 feminist logic

  9. Real question to all the Ladyterians I know are here at this very moment. Does this shit work? Is there any reason for this guy to expect that this would work?

    1. It only has to work once.

    2. My thought would be to turn down a date by shooting him in the nuts, but alas he would go free & I would be in jail.

    3. I wouldn’t think for the average woman, but there are a number of “Badge Bunnies” out there — women who are attracted to a man with a badge and a gun — and if he pulled one of them over it their conversation would sound like a cheesy porn movie dialogue.

      People still wonder to this day what Bill was thinking when as governor of Arkansas he thought nothing of dropping trou in front of a state employee he barely knew. He did it simply because it had worked all the other times he tried it, or if it didn’t work it at least didn’t blow up in his face.

      These incidents might represent the few times this strategy didn’t work for Officer Creepy, and his brazen persistence might be due to the fact he wasn’t used to failure.

      1. if it didn’t work it at least didn’t blow up in his face

        Well. Not in HIS face.

        1. I wonder if there was ever a time when Bill had struck out so badly he ass forced to go home and try to seduce Hillary.

          1. “You know what, i’m just gonna rub one out in the car before i go into the house.”

            1. I wonder if there was ever a time when Bill had struck out so badly he ass forced to go home and try to seduce Hillary.

              I think it’s pretty clear that it happened at least once.

              1. Isn’t there a crackpot theory that Chelsea Clinton is Webster Hubbell’s daughter? I think it’s pretty obvious that Hillary and Bill aren’t in a passionate marriage; it’s more of a political partnership. She ran interference on his former lovers/victims and their lawyers during the sex scandals.

                1. My understanding is that it was a sort of reverse Handmaids Tale type of encounter, with Bill riding on Web while Web did the deed.

              2. “Bill…just…get it over with.”
                “Believe me, I’m going as fast as I can!”

    4. It’s a good indication of what you’re getting yourself into when dating law enforcement.

        1. You can only play “Good Cop, Bad Cop” so many times before it gets old.

          1. Fist’s PTSD is triggered whenever he sees a nightstick.

    5. Real question to all the Ladyterians I know are here at this very moment.

      Would it have been more degrading or less degrading to them as women if, instead of asking for their phone numbers, he had asked them to make him a sandwich?

    6. “Is there any reason for this guy to expect that this would work?”

      Fear of consequences, lack of accountability.

      Especially in the case of the women whose choices were go to jail or give him your number. It’s a similar line of a reasoning to “why would a rapist think holding a women at gunpoint would make her not resist intercourse?”

  10. A New Jersey state trooper allegedly threatened two women with fines and jail time unless they turned over their phone numbers.

    They learned that from watching the Stable Genius? negotiate trade deals.

  11. OT – lots of left wing sympathy being generated for how terrible Trump is for causing McCabe to lose his federal pension eligiblity with only one day remaining. Didn’t he serve 22 years? Are Federal pensions contingent on not being fired up until a certain time of service? I find it hard to believe a federal employee would lose his pension after 22 years unless firing was due to treason or some serious criminal activity (which wasn’t alleged at the time McCade was fired.) Anyone out there (e.g.John) know the federal pension rules?

  12. “Was that wrong? Should I not have done that?”

    1. “You’re fired on paid vacation until we sort out this little spot of bother!”

    2. Don’t despair, maybe they’ll get you a good plea deal.

      /wish it were sarc

  13. If convicted, Richardson could face up to 33 years in prison and $350,000 in fines.

    If… and could…., but we all know the first one is at best a 50/50 shot and the second one is lottery-odds improbable.

    Richardson was suspended from his trooper’s position after being charged in May 2017.

    Yeah, they’ve had a year for the internal investigation and he’s not an ex New Jersey state trooper, they’re not betting on him getting any kind of conviction that would void his LEO certification and therefore make it possible for them to fire his ass. Only ex-cops ever get convicted.

  14. This guy should definitely lose his badge, but 33 years in prion seems a little excessive, no matter how unlikely it is that he’ll ever see the inside of a cell.

    1. It’s probably not a realistic worry that he’d get 33 years.

    2. Probably better off just putting a bullet in him on the front end.

    3. 1. I stop women at gunpoint and threaten to steal their car or kidnap them if they don’t give me my number. What kind of prison sentence would I be looking at?

      2. It might be a scheme to get him off. Alternatively, it might have been done in mind that whatever the prosecution asks for, he’ll get less because he’s a cop, so there hoping to get some jail time.

  15. You must always follow police commands. What’s wrong with these women?

  16. The obvious difference is that most cops don’t do this. They resist punishing cops for things other cops routinely do. For obvious reasons.

  17. I mean, why have a badge if you can’t use it?

  18. How can you blame the guy? This is exactly how courtship works… in porn.

    1. You gotta feel for cops and their dating prospects. Who wants to lay beneath a sweaty self-hating fatface with uncontrollable donut farts?

        1. Not really a pastry guy.

          1. “Pastry Guy” was your nickname in the Men’s Choir.

  19. “Police are given great authority and are rightly held to the highest standards of integrity.

    One of those statements if false.

  20. Richardson allegedly pulled out his handcuffs and threatened to arrest this second woman?who had a suspended license and active arrest warrant out for her?unless she handed over her phone number.

    I can attest to the fact a woman with this much crap going on in her life is probably 8 kinds of hot.

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