on blue traffic stop
has colorful language
On April 25, at around 5:15 pm, Parkville police
officer Eric Slaiger observed a full-sized pickup
truck speeding and following too closely near
Cognizant that the driver didnt appear
to driving recklessly or violating the laws too
severely, the officer decided before even getting
out of his patrol car that he would let the driver
off with a warning.
It would take all of his restraint to do so.
Walking to the vehicle, the officer offered a
friendly how you doing? in greeting
and asked to see the drivers license and
proof of insurance. The driver responded by informing
him that he worked for the Platte County Sheriffs
Department and angrily warned Slaiger off.
You better have one hell of a good reason
for stopping me officer!
If Slaiger was alarmed, he didnt show
Yes, sir, Slaiger informed him. You
were traveling at 65 miles an hour when the speed
limit is 55 miles an hour.
The driver, whom it was later learned to be Captain
Randy Pittman, the man charged with running the
Platte County Detention Center, disagreed with
Oh-ho-ho-ho-ho, Pittman half shouted.
Man, that is bull (expletive)! That is a
60-mile an hour speed limit there and thats
exactly what I was traveling!
The confrontation continued, with Pittman clearly
on the offensive.
This is what youre gonna do right
now, and I want your supervisor on the phone!
Ok, Slaiger responded.
I have never seen such (expletive) in all
Do you want to stay here or would you like
to go to my station? Slaiger asked.
Pittman, the man whose chief responsibility is
incarcerating others, seemed incredulous at the
Are you detaining me?
I pulled you over, yes sir, the Parkville
Am I under arrest? Pittman demanded.
Slaiger informed Pittman that he was not under
arrest, and Pittman did, in fact get off with
a warning. Pittman was, however, on videotape.
Slaigers patrol car like many police
vehicles is outfitted with a video surveillance
system. And on Monday night, thousands in the
Kansas City metropolitan area viewed the video,
as a Kansas City news broadcast decided to air
the videotape and solicit street side opinions
on Pittmans conduct from local residents.
For his part, Parkville Police Chief Bill Hudson
called the incident a non-news story
and that it was his understanding that Pittman
had apologized, which is more than an irate
motorist would ever do.
Hudson said that Slaiger told him that he had
decided not to write Pittman a ticket when he
got out of the car and that it was not his policy
to write tickets for attitude. Hudson
explained that Pittmans profanity was not
used to call the officer names and that the tirade
fell far short of what would be considered fighting
Platte County Sheriff Richard Anderson said the
incident was not an accurate reflection of the
When the matter was first brought to my
attention as you know this incident happened
several weeks ago I recognized immediately
that it was unacceptable and inappropriate behavior,
Anderson explained. At the time it occurred,
I spoke to the department and reaffirmed our commitment
to professionalism and made that particularly
clear to the individual concerned.
Anderson declined to say what, if any, disciplinary
action was taken in the matter, saying that it
was simply a personnel matter. In
addition, Anderson also confirmed that Pittman
was an instructor of police ethics for the department.
When reached by The Landmark, Pittman refused
to comment on the incident, saying only that it
was a personnel matter. Pittman did, however,
take umbrage with comments posted on The Landmark
Talkback web forum by visitors to
the site. Ironically, Pittman questioned whether
use of a profanity in the particular post was
appropriate for the public forum at plattecountylandmark.com.