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RPD officer found guilty of DWI

Posted May 7, 2009

Raleigh Police Officer Chris Harmon was found guilty Wednesday of DWI, speeding and riding a motorcycle without the proper endorsement.

A state trooper arrested Harmon early on Sept. 8 on Glenwood Avenue.

Harmon is on administrative duty pending an internal investigation.

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  • Coach K is still GREAT May 8, 2009

    After the investigation, this alleged officer needs 5 years in prison. This is a shame to the community and his family. I would bet now he is sober. He needs help and should never be allowed to work as a police office ever again.
    Professor
    May 8, 2009 3:37 p.m.
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    And that means that Bill Clinton should never have another chance in politics???

  • Coach K is still GREAT May 8, 2009

    No Coack K, if you read ALL the psts you would have seen that the story stated they were on their way back to the station after a trainig class. Figures I would get this kind of response from a Duke fan.
    Journey985
    GOLO member since October 21, 2008
    May 8, 2009 3:16 p.m.
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    You still didn't answer my question. Do you have a record?
    Duke fan and proud of it.

  • DasStonecutter May 8, 2009

    My major concern when anything like this happens is that in a court of law a LEO's word is trusted above that of a non-LEO in almost all cases. How many examples of corrupt LEOs do we have to see before the courts understand that the accused's testimony is equally reliable to that of an officer?

    Of course, this is not true in all cases - there are always extenuating circumstances. If a citizen was driving drunk with a BAC test entered as evidence then clearly their testimony cannot be considered as trustworthy as the arresting officer.

    I respect LEOs, I really do. They put their lives on the line constantly. But I know some personally who are far from the most scrupulous of citizens. I cringe to think of the number of people who have been unfairly fined and imprisoned using only the testimony of an officer as evidence that a crime had been committed.

  • Professor May 8, 2009

    Then again maybe he should be an example to other police and rot in prison. Think about it. How about it "teacher?"

  • Professor May 8, 2009

    How many of you would lose your job (and career for that matter) for a DUI?

    When these people are dring to the access they are not thinking and no one can tell them anything. They won't see it until they are arrested and have lost their job.

  • Professor May 8, 2009

    I can guarantee you this--his punishment will be far worse than us "average citizens" would get by the time its all over.

    I hope so. He deserves everything that comes his way. We don't need lousy officers like this.

  • Professor May 8, 2009

    I know because I'm a teacher. What ALL of us do in our private time affects our reputation and can cost of our jobs.

    If what you say is true, then why are there so many child molesters teacher being discovered every school year? Care to fill us in since you are a teacher.

  • wcnc May 8, 2009

    I don't remember hearing about this one in the news...... I'm guessing he'll get notice VERY soon that he is also fired?! How stupid can you be to drink and drive at any point, but when you are a cop? Outrageous!

  • Professor May 8, 2009

    After the investigation, this alleged officer needs 5 years in prison. This is a shame to the community and his family. I would bet now he is sober. He needs help and should never be allowed to work as a police office ever again.

  • Nonewsisgoodnews May 8, 2009

    "Journey - I think we hold the police to a higher standard while they are IN UNIFORM. No doubt.

    When they are off duty and in their personal vehicles... they are like you and me.

    Holding them to a higher standard 24/7 is just asking them to snap. A little R&R is good for the soul. -Justin"

    No offense Justin, I see your point. However, this really is part of the Job (and of any other citizen). DUIs don't just cause Police their jobs, I know because I'm a teacher. What ALL of us do in our private time affects our reputation and can cost of our jobs. I would not stick up for this guys actions, especially if you are someone entrusted to enforce the law. Off duty, on duty, cop or no cop, please. Good people sometimes commit crimes. I still expect them to be duly and equally punished as a multiple felon would be.

    A huge THANK YOU!!! to all those officers that do their job and make good use of being a role model. I know its extremely tough and thankless often times.

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