Let me set the stage: a Police officer on the witness stand and a hotshot lawyer is grilling him.
However, once you hear this story you will want to be as sharp as this police officer if you find yourself on the witness stand.
He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the police officer’s credibility.
Q: “Officer, did you see my client fleeing the scene?”
A: “No sir. 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 so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?’
A: “Yes, sir. With my life.”
Q: “With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. 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?”
A: “Yes, sir, I do.”
Q: “And do you have a lock on your locker?”
A: “Yes, sir.”
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?”
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 exploded with 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.
Thanks to Bob Henderson for sharing this with me thru Facebook.