During the 1992 L.A. riots, police officers asked the accompanying U.S. Marines to cover them while searching a house for a suspect that held his wife and children hostage. Mistaking the statement “cover them” for suppressive fire, the Marines promptly fired 200 rounds into the house. Remarkably, neither the man who fired the original shots from inside, nor the woman and children who turned out to be in the apartment, were hit by the bullets.
In 2019, police seized ‘super obedient’ lookout parrot trained by Brazil drug dealers. According to reports, the bird had been taught to alert criminals to police operations in Vila Irmã Dulce, a low-income community in the sun-scorched capital of Piauí state, by shouting: “Mum, the police!”
Australia’s first cops were all criminals. Their first police force was made up of 12 of the best behaved convicts.
Australia has a long history of throwing eggs at politicians. The Australian Federal Police was formed in 1917 after a Prime Minister was egged.
The only police officer to arrest a sitting President was William H. West, a black Civil War veteran. He arrested President Ulysses S. Grant for speeding on his horse in 1872, for which the President paid a $20 bond.
Undercover officers from two different precincts tried to arrest each other in a drug sting. Both precincts had undercover officers as drug dealers/buyers and didn’t know about each other. When they tried to deal each other drugs, guns were drawn and a fight started as both claimed to be police.
14 of the 60 residents of the village of New Rome, Ohio were police officers. The police department’s only purpose was issuing traffic tickets, and they brought in around $400,000 a year, mostly by citing drivers for things such as improperly tinted windows. The town was dissolved in 2004.
Cops arrested a 99-year-old woman so she could cross it off her bucket list.
In 2017 an off-duty police officer dressed up as Batman was entertaining kids sick with cancer at a hospital. Coincidentally, as he left the hospital he caught and arrested a man who was attempting to steal multiple DVDs, including the Lego Batman Movie.