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Western New York DA Refuses To Stop for Police, Tells Them ‘I Know the Law Better Than You’

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley is at the center of controversy after refusing to stop for a police officer during a traffic stop in Webster, New York. 

The incident, captured on police body camera footage and released by the Town of Webster, has led to significant public backlash due to Doorley’s behavior and comments during the encounter.

The incident began when Doorley was clocked driving 55 mph in a 35 mph zone. 

Despite the police officer’s attempt to pull her over, Doorley continued to her home, stating later that she “did not feel like stopping” and that her residence was nearby.

Upon reaching her home, Doorley called Webster Chief of Police Dennis Kohlmeier, asking him to intervene and instruct the officers to “leave me alone.” 

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The body camera footage shows the officer explaining to Doorley the reason for the stop, to which she indifferently replied that she “doesn’t really care.”

As the situation escalated, Doorley refused to step out of her garage, forcing the officer to approach her inside.

Despite initially claiming ignorance of the police siren and lights, she later admitted to seeing them but felt unjustly targeted.

Throughout the encounter, Doorley asserted her knowledge of the law, at times condescendingly telling the officer that she knew the law better than him. 

This exchange highlighted her reluctance to comply with standard traffic stop procedures.

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The confrontation became more heated when Doorley retrieved her DA badge, calling the officer an “asshole” in the process. 

She justified her speeding by explaining she was in a hurry due to a bad day at work involving multiple murder cases.

The officer reminded Doorley that refusing to stop is an arrestable offense and questioned her disregard for the law given her position as district attorney.

Doorley eventually instructed the officer to just issue a traffic ticket.

Following the release of the footage, Doorley’s social media profiles were flooded with criticisms of her actions. 

Commenters mocked the situation, highlighting the irony of a law enforcement official disregarding the law.

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In response to the outcry, Doorley released a statement acknowledging that no one is above the law, including herself. 

She expressed regret over the incident and confirmed that she had accepted responsibility by pleading to the traffic offense and submitting the ticket to court.

Doorley emphasized her longstanding commitment to public safety and respect for law enforcement, stating that her career dedication should not be overshadowed by this incident. 

She affirmed her ongoing commitment to upholding the law and ensuring justice in Monroe County.

As the community and legal observers watch closely, Doorley’s actions during this traffic stop have stirred a conversation about accountability, public trust, and the expectations placed on public officials. 

The incident serves as a poignant reminder of the responsibilities that come with holding office in the justice system.