This video is pretty funny. The vast majority of officers I deal with are good, honest people trying to do a difficult job. But occasionally you hear the phrase “based on my experience and training” one too many times.

Other phrases also crop up surprisingly frequently, driven by case law. For instance, the courts long ago decided that a “spontaneous utterance” was not protected by Arizona v. Miranda. Consequently, you frequently see in police reports the words “spontaneous utterance”. This isn’t to deny that spontaneous utterances have occurred, just to poke a little fun at the repetitious use of little phrases.

Also, a car is never simply a car. It’s almost always a “vehicle.”

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