The Bizarre Beat topic gives police officers a place to get news articles of the weird, including the naked protesters, drunks in clown costumes, and all other oddball encounters cops have on the street on a daily basis. The job is deadly serious, but there are dozens of calls for service that leave the responding officers shaking their heads and laughing as they get back into their squads.
One's a suburban police officer, the other a retired officer and the third wants to be a cop. They all had the same thought when they came upon an SUV in flames after a crash on the Stevenson Expressway near Darien: get the driver out.
It wasn't until a second rifle shot bounced off this reptile's head that the Independence (Mo.) officers realized they had mortally wounded a concrete lawn ornament. (AP Photo) A creative 'no trespassing' sign