Â If you ever testify in court, you might wish you could have been as sharp as this policeman.He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial.Â The lawyer was trying to undermine the policeman’s credibility….
Q: “Officer — did you see my client fleeing the scene?”
A: “No sir.Â But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.”
Q: “Officer — who provided this description?”
A: “The officer who responded to the scene.”
Q: “A fellow officer provided the description of this Â so-called offender.Â Do you trust your fellow officers?”
A: “Yes, sir.Â With my life.”
Q: “With your life?Â Let me ask you this then officer. Â Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?”
A: “Yes sir, we do!”
Q: “And do you have a locker in the room?”
Â A: “Yes sir, I do.”Q: “And do you have a lock on your locker?”
Â A: “Yes sir.”Â Q: “Now why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?”Â A: “You see, sir — we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.”The courtroom erupted in laughter, and a prompt recess was called.
The officer on the stand has been nominated for this year’s “Best Comeback” line — and we think he’ll win.