YouTube video leads to inquiry of Bolingbrook cop
BY BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org January 8, 2014 9:58PM
Updated: February 10, 2014 11:50AM
A Bolingbrook police officer is under internal investigation after a YouTube video surfaced Tuesday, showing the officer with a card game on his squad car computer screen while he was on patrol on a snowy road, police said.
“Due to the seriousness of this incident, the Bolingbrook Police Department has placed this under an internal investigation,” police Lt. Mike Rompa said Wednesday.
The YouTube video, titled “Cop Plays Video Poker on His Laptop While Driving: Witness,” was posted Tuesday and had nearly 3,600 hits by Wednesday night. The 45-second video was recorded Saturday by a passenger in a car that was driving next to the police car.
“Mr. Bolingbrook policeman ... patrolling real hard. He’s going to be so happy when this goes on Facebook,” the woman recording the patrol officer says during the video. “There you go. Video poker. That’s what they’re doing. Good job.”
The video, which the woman admitted during the recording is of poor quality, shows the Bolingbrook police emblem on the squad car and what appears to be a card game on the computer screen.
While the woman remarks that the officer does not notice her recording him because he’s paying attention to the game, the video does not show the officer actually playing the game while driving.