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Police Officer Fired For Trying To Reenact A Scene From 'Training Day' While On Duty

By Aimee Lutkin

Being a cop can be very dangerous, but most of the time it seems to be like most jobs: kinda boring. Except you carry a gun and there are a lot of movies and TV shows about what risk takers people in your profession are. What a recipe!

One officer in Florida was spending too much time memorizing lines from fictional police confrontations and not enough time considering how to protect his pension. People magazine says that an internal affairs report from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office revealed a cop named David Zipes pulled out his gun and taser in a parking lot on February 16, but not to stop a crime. 

He wanted to share his Denzel Washington impression. Just a little something he'd been working on.

You may be familiar with the film Training Day, starring Washington and Ethan Hawke as a new recruit goes on the ride of his life with a corrupt officer. The movie is full of Washington hamming it up and brandishing guns in a threatening manner—basically the opposite of what a good police officer should do. I mean, that's the whole premise of the film! He's a bad cop! 

The particular scene Zipes went for was when Washington's character confronts a rapist in an alleyway, rubbing two guns together. Besides being irresponsible and dangerous, it's also not a very effective way to use a gun. They're not matchsticks.