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Diatribe: Impatient Police Officer Pulls A Gun On Teen In Line At McDonald’s Drive-Thru.

04/20/2013

GunAtMcDonaldsYesterday, on my lunch break, I did some shopping and decided to grab a burger to bring back to my desk.  I chose a Wendy’s because it was on my way back to the office.  As I pulled in to the drive-thru line, the SUV in front of me started backing up.  The driver backed over a curb and into some landscaping as she backed right toward me!  At this particular drive-thru window, once you get in line you really don’t have the opportunity to change your mind.  Fortunately, there was not another car behind me so I was able to get out of her way.  Judging from the way that she sped away she, clearly, didn’t have the patience required to order drive-thru during the lunch hour.

I thought this woman was a menace … she kinda was … until I learned about Sergeant Scott Biumi of the DeKalb County (Georgia) police department who pulled a gun on a teenager that he believed was holding up the line at his local McDonalds.

Video of the incident, captured last week by security cameras at the restaurant, appears to show a man in a suit draw a gun and point it at the driver at the head of the line.  The driver, 18-year-old Ryan Mash, had no idea that the man with a gun was a police officer, did nothing to provoke the man and was, understandably, quite frightened by the attack.

“He’s like, ‘Well, you don’t know who you’re messing with … there’s some crazy people out there.’  And that’s when he pulled the gun on me, and kept on yelling at me for about thirty more seconds.” – Ryan Mash

Yes, Sargeant Biumi, “there’s some crazy people out there”.

Some of them back out of a drive-thru and others pull a gun on the person driving the car at the front of the line.  Perhaps this incident might serve as yet another reminder that we live in a society where there are many different types of guns in the hands of many different types of people … everywhere … all the time … and they can be used for many different reasons.  And criminals aren’t the only people to fear.

Biumi, a 20-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department, was released from jail on $22,000 bond and has been placed under administrative leave with pay while the incident is investigated.

WITH PAY?!

I think Biumi should, at minimum (1) forfeit his right to carry a weapon, (2) lose his job, (3) pay a fine and (4) receive mandatory counseling for anger management.  When law enforcement officers become criminals the penalties should be severe.

Your thoughts?

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7 Comments
  1. With pay?! This wack job should be fired with no pension.

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  2. Barneysday permalink

    This just shows that pulling a gun has become too easy in this country as a means of dispute resolution. I agree with your conclusions.

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  3. There are too many crazies out there with guns. Way too many.

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  4. OMG!!!!! This guy should be in jail, no bail! He should be fired, all guns should be seized from his possession, his face plastered everywhere so no one ever sells him another gun!

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  5. Agreed. We expect and deserve better behavior from leaders and law enforcement. With pay seems a little generous, but it may be policy until a panel reviews. This person hopefully will be relieved of his duties once confirmed. This is an incredible lack of good judgment and is criminal.

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