Police in Action: My Fav Photos from DC

By popular demand – well, at least Tom Blanton’s suggestion – I am reposting some of photos I have snapped of lawmen in action in Washington.

This shot is a police bicyclist from the May 2007 “Police Unity Tour.” Mobs of cops descended on Washington for National Police Week. Their behavior was so bad that the DC police chief formally notified them that their public drunkenness would not be tolerated. This photo was one of the most popular I have taken that did not involve tattooed women.

Police bicyclist from the "Police Unity Tour"

Beefing up for an antiwar march, September 2007

Beefing Up for the Antiwar March

Honor Guard near White House during 2005 antiwar protest

Honor Guard near White House  Antiwar March Sept 2005

I posted some of my other photos at this Flickr site.


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7 Responses to Police in Action: My Fav Photos from DC

  1. Brian Wilson March 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Let me interpret the facial expression on the first one:

    “Dag-nab-the-gosh-darn-blankety-heck! I can’t remember what fold o’ flab I left my durn Glock Air-Soft under!
    Guess I’ll just haf’ta take a picture of the bad people and put ’em up on my FaceBook page…
    Sure wish this was a REAL Cannon….
    or a jelly doughnut…
    or Little Debbie…

  2. Jim March 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    LOL! Facebook will bring ’em down every time.

  3. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit March 18, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    There’s a man who knows that the mobile donut vendor is going to get away….and there’s not a THING he can do to catch up in time.

  4. KenK March 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Are those guys the “A Team” or some sort of reserve unit? I’d expect front-line street patrol officers to be in better shape. And what’s with motorcycle cops dressing like they’re in the cavalry? Only things this guy’s missing is a stetson hat and a saber.

    • Jim March 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

      I would not want to have rely on that cavalry riding over the hill to rescue me.

  5. Tom Blanton March 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    I’d hate to be that first guy’s bicycle. I picture him as more of a tricycle guy, a very large tricycle with a big basket in the back filled with lunch.

    The motorcycle cop having oral sex with a jelly doughnut looks like he might have a big stash of Dunkin’s finest in that special box mounted on his bike. Along with a good supply of boot polish.

    I wish more cops were like the guy at the bottom – the one that looks like a kid with Down’s Syndrome watching Sponge Bob Square Pants on TV. I think he’s having an anxious moment wondering why he is unable to move his right foot. He’s the kind of cop that could see you commit 3 misdemeanors and a felony in your car, but you’d be a mile away before he figured it out. More cops should be like that.

    • Jim Bovard March 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

      That’s hilarious!

      I didn’t have my camera accessible for the best shot of the day of that 2005 rally. I was veering around the White House on my ol’ bike – ignoring the saw horses – when I was riding down 17th St. There were no activists with camcoms at that point, so the cop raised his 4 foot wooden stick high and was moving into my path.

      I was puzzled at first and then it occurred to me that the dude intended to knock me in the head.

      I accelerated & swerved away, leaving him a dozen yards behind.

      Would have winked at the guy but I was wearing sun glasses so he would not have appreciated it. Maybe he got to whack somebody else later that day – or maybe he still views me as “the one that got away.”