Police Harassment

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    Police Harassment

    Recently, a California website ran an e-mail forum (a question and
    answer exchange) where the topic was "Policing the Community." One of
    the civilian email participants posed the following question:
    "I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to
    continually harass people and get away with it?"
    From the "other side" (the law enforcement side) a cool cop with a
    sense of humor replied:

    It is not easy. In California we average one cop for every 2,000
    people. About 60% of those cops are on patrol, where we do most of the
    harassing. One-fifth of that 60% are on duty at any given moment and
    are available for harassing people. So, one cop is responsible for
    harassing about 10,000 residents. When you toss in the commercial,
    business and tourist locations that attract people from other areas,
    sometimes you have a situation where a single cop is responsible for
    harassing 20,000 or more people each day.

    A ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds. This gives a cop one second to
    harass a person, and three-fourths of a second to eat a donut AND then
    find a new person to harass. This is not an easy task. Most cops are
    not up to it, day in and day out. It is just too tiring. What we do is
    utilize some tools to help us narrow down those people which we harass.

    They are as follows:

    PHONE: People will call us up and point out things that cause us to
    focus on a person for special harassment. "My neighbor is beating his
    wife" is a code phrase we use. Then we come out and give special
    harassment. Another popular one on a weeknight is, "The kids next door
    are having a loud party."

    CARS: We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They
    like to harass the drivers of fast cars, cars blasting music, cars with
    expired registration stickers and the like. It is lots of fun when you
    pick them out of traffic for nothing more obvious than running a red
    light. Sometimes you get to really heap the harassment on when you find
    they have drugs in the car, are driving drunk, or they have an
    outstanding warrant.

    RUNNERS: Some people take off running just at the sight of a police
    officer. Nothing is quite as satisfying as running after them like a
    beagle on the scent of a bunny. When you catch them you can harass them
    for hours.

    CODES: When you can think of nothing else to do, there are books that
    give ideas for reasons to harass folks. They are called "Codes" Penal,
    Vehicle, Health and Safety, Business and Professional Codes, to name a
    few. They spell out all sorts of things for which you can really mess
    with people. After you read the code, you can just drive around for a
    while until you find someone violating one of these listed offenses and
    harass them. Just last week I saw a guy smash a car window. Well, the
    code says that is not allowed. That meant I had permission to harass
    this guy.

    It is a pretty cool system that we have set up, and it works pretty
    well. We seem to have a never-ending supply of folks to harass. And we
    get away with it. Why? Because the good citizens who pay the tab
    actually like the fact that we keep the streets safe for them.
    Next time you are in my town, give me a single finger wave. That will
    be a signal that you wish for me to take a little closer look at you,
    and then maybe I'll find a reason to harass YOU.

    Looking forward to meeting you!


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    That was some pretty good reasoning. I am impressed with the doughnut eating in 3/4th a second. WOW
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    Question Harassment

    Can we still spell it that way?

    I thought to was now 'Hairisment."

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    I would like to know that Leo. I LOL.
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    They tailgate me alot---I guess it's more of an intimidation thing. Harassment? Naw--I'm just obviously going too slow and I'm in the way.
    Indeed-pretty humorous reading there. One of our state's northwestern city's police department was accused of racial profiling a couple years ago--don't know what actually came out of that.

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    Great read, and so very true...
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    Thanks I needed the laugh!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    They tailgate me alot---I guess it's more of an intimidation thing. Harassment?
    I think they call it High Speed pursuit


    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    One of our state's northwestern city's police department was accused of racial profiling a couple years ago--don't know what actually came out of that.
    You remind me of a case here in South Florida some years back at the height of the racial profiling hysteria. Some community leader got a hold of the arrest log of an officer and showed about 75% of the contacts were black so he denounced the officer. Unfortunately for the politico, the beat of this officer was right in the middle of Miami's oldest black communities so it was kinda hard not to stop black miscreants. But the cherry on top was the officer's race.... yep, Black.

    To this day I believe they set him up
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