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Former actress Laura Weintraub apologises for post – but her police department chief isn’t impressed

A volunteer reserve police officer in Southern California has been placed on administrative leave and may face disciplinary action after posting a video to YouTube that starts with her saying, “I hate bicyclists, every single one of them.”

The officer, Laura Weintraub, subsequently deleted the video, posted to her Cupholder Commentary channel, but not before it had been mirrored by other YouTube users, while the Santa Paula Police Department came under criticism for her video on its Facebook page, reports NBC Los Angeles.

Weintraub, a former actress who starred in the films Identity Theft and Vice Squad Vixens: Busted!, also asks a man driving the car in which she is travelling how much she would have to pay for him to run over a cyclist, to which he replies, “How much do you have in your wallet right now?”

The video concludes with a still photo of a driver ploughing into a bike race, with the text, "Like you've never thought about it...;" the picture itself is of an incident in Mexico in 2008 in which a drunk-driver from the United States killed one rider and injured at least 10 more.

On Friday, Santa Paula Police Chief Steven McLean wrote on its Facebook page:  “I had a very active day to day. Think I just might have a beer.”

Some users of the social network took that as a cue to criticise the video posted by Weintraub, who does not mention in it that she is a volunteer reserve officer for the police department.

One, Michael Broadbent, wrote: “Along with that beer you deserve to be chastised and publicly shamed for condoning such horrible behavior from anyone associated with a police uniform. Hopefully she gets a taste of karma for her form of satire,” wrote Michael Broadbent.

The police department replied to one poster that Weintraub “does some great satire videos in her personal spare time,” adding: “Stay safe out there riding your bike and remember to obey all the rules of the road, a lot of your fellow bikers seem oblivious to the laws!” they added.

But on Saturday morning, there came confirmation that she had been suspended from duties, with a message saying:  “The purpose of this post is to notify the community that the volunteer who made the video about cyclist has been placed on Administrative Leave pending an investigation.”

Another volunteer officer who made a comment on the video has also been placed on administrative leave.

In a statement, Chief McLean said: "I am extremely embarrassed and angry at everything that she said in the video...Her statements on the video do not reflect the views of the Santa Paula Police Department."

Weintraub, who said that the video was meant to be humorous, has apologised on Facebook.

She said:  "I would like to apologize to all those who have been offended by what was intended to be a satirical video on cyclists. It was never meant to be hurtful or harmful in anyway, I am a human being, I made a mistake, I have learned from this and ask for your forgiveness.

"The responses have shown me overwhelmingly just how hurtful my comments were to some and that is not at all what I intended. As soon as I knew, I removed the video immediately.

“The response from the cycling community has made me aware of the sport and its safety issues and challenges with drivers on the road of which I was completely unaware. My heartfelt apologies to those that have been offended and to those who face these very real challenges," she added.

One local resident, Terry Hylton, told ABC7: "I think it's awful. I think it's scary to know that we have a police officer out there that has those kind of thoughts."

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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SteppenHerring [322 posts] 1 year ago
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But it's just a joke - like on Top Gear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7CnMQ4L9Pc

(Speaking as a frustrated, bitter, politically correct liberal)

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Argos74 [369 posts] 1 year ago
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robert posts child [74 posts] 1 year ago
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Aside from the idiocy with the cycling rant...who in their right mind let her near a uniform, albeit as a reserve?  20

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Das [231 posts] 1 year ago
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Crystal Meth FTW!!!!! Dont do drugs kids!!!!!!!

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Beaufort [270 posts] 1 year ago
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This woman desperately needs help.

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seven [142 posts] 1 year ago
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Das wrote:

Crystal Meth FTW!!!!! Dont do drugs kids!!!!!!!

Just say no to bad drugs!

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wheelsucker [58 posts] 1 year ago
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seven wrote:
Das wrote:

Crystal Meth FTW!!!!! Dont do drugs kids!!!!!!!

Just say no to bad drugs!

but some can "enhance your performance", allegedly

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Hypoxic [23 posts] 1 year ago
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What a moron!
Can't believe the gratuitous hatred.
Yes, you should do everyone a favour and move to a colder place... like the freezer!

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Derny [112 posts] 1 year ago
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I wonder if she would be equally amused by a "satirical" video advocating driving over reserve police officers.

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bikebot [1629 posts] 1 year ago
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Someone in that Police department will now be crawling through everything she did whilst a reserve. Americans love lawyers...

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Phaedrus [14 posts] 1 year ago
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She seems nice, and not at all wacky in that "see me i'm mental me" way.

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Ultraman [8 posts] 1 year ago
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Fucking vertical videos, man.  14 14 14 14 14

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 1 year ago
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"Vice Squad Vixens: Busted!" - what kind of 'actress' are we talking about, exactly?!

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JeevesBath [155 posts] 1 year ago
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notfastenough wrote:

"Vice Squad Vixens: Busted!" - what kind of 'actress' are we talking about, exactly?!

It was very critically under-rated, so I hear *cough*.

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bikebot [1629 posts] 1 year ago
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notfastenough wrote:

"Vice Squad Vixens: Busted!" - what kind of 'actress' are we talking about, exactly?!

Looks classy! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prwpMrXyjP4

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andyp [1436 posts] 1 year ago
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Wow. I really can't understand why she didn't go on to bigger and better things. Oscar-winning stuff right there.

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anarchy [99 posts] 1 year ago
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ha ha, thick as mince

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mingmong [253 posts] 1 year ago
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or pig sh*t.

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Simmo72 [583 posts] 1 year ago
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What an irritating mental bint. God bless america and all that contribute to screwing up their nation.

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levermonkey [642 posts] 1 year ago
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I thought the best idea was that she should patrol the West Side on a bike.  24 24 24

Oh! Please God let it happen and that she meets as big an arsehole as she is.

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musicalmarc [97 posts] 1 year ago
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strange the cops didn't find all those 'cop killer' raps satirical. I'm pretty sure one of the rappers was jailed for threatening a public servant.

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Jonny_Trousers [245 posts] 1 year ago
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To be fair, she did give me a very good reason not to live in Southern California.

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 1 year ago
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So she goes from wielding handcuffs and playing at cops and robbers to... wielding handcuffs and playing at cops and robbers. Righto.

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gb901 [149 posts] 1 year ago
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Is it me, or has she got a wonky mouth?

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Flying Scot [908 posts] 1 year ago
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Let's be fair, it's only bicyclists she doesn't like, she has time for trikes and unicycles I have assumed.

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spen [125 posts] 1 year ago
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fatbeggaronabike [754 posts] 1 year ago
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I'd like to say only in america but alas there are morons both sides of the pond.

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Joeinpoole [439 posts] 1 year ago
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Anyone notice a disturbing trend here? A significant growth in cyclist-haters who feel so *mainstream* in their thoughts that they are happy to share them on social media (and even expect to be applauded for them).

Commentators on the DM (yes I know!) appear to be largely sympathetic to Weintraub too;

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2699018/Cop-suspended-posting-du...

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bikebot [1629 posts] 1 year ago
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The Daily Mail comments are always the same, story after story the same old Colonel Blimp tribute acts turn up demanding that cyclists should "pay their way, blah blah blah, road tax".

And then there is always someone patiently explaining to them how tax actually works. Because of course the Daily Mail gets a large part of its traffic from outraged Guardian readers.

The only thing I've ever learned from the DM, is that stupid is sometimes permanent. And that the comments on the DM are of no consequence to anyone, except those who want to be annoyed by them (but they are sometimes very funny!)

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 1 year ago
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woman's a twat, what an idiot!

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