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I guess it would go something like this: the first thing you see is the flashing lights. A bit nervous, you pull over, roll down your window, and look up. “Yes officer?” He has a bit of a smirk and green tinted Ray Ban Aviators. “You know why I pulled you over?” You think he looks familiar and swear you know him from somewhere, and that’s when you burst into a smile and say “Hell yeah, you pulled me over because you need a new drummer!” That’s about the time you’d wake up from the dream.

But Kid Rock being a cop is no dream. In fact, in the ongoing and ever-stranger saga of the Oakley Police Department and its 300 reserve officers, the name Robert James Ritchie, also known as Kid Rock, popped up.

The Kid is among at least 150 people who submitted reservist applications to the village of Oakley's police department, according to a published report.

The entire village only has about 300 people. The case of the 2 to 1 officer to citizen ratio has drawn the ire of many and the attention of the nation.

At this time there is no comment from Kid Rock’s camp about the matter, and it isn’t known if he ever became an officer or not. It does however intensify the spotlight on reserve officers and their role in law enforcement these days.

The questions also come at a time when a reserve officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma accidentally and fatally shot a suspect after mistaking his service pistol for his Taser. The 73-year-old man, who normally works as an insurance salesman, has now been charged in the suspect's death.

It is time for us to get to the bottom of how our reserve officers trained, not only in America, but specifically here in Michigan. All kidding aside, getting pulled over by Kid Rock may turn out to be more of a nightmare than a dream depending on how serious things end up.


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