So, what does one do with such an envelope?Speaking of revenue producing, every time I take E470 (toll road - no toll booths) in the Denver area, I get a letter DEMANDING that I open the envelope IMMEDIATELY and pay the toll IMMEDIATELY even though it's a miniscule $5. Not to mention the threats if I don't pay up. It's interesting how entities demand payment right away but good luck getting a refund right away if it turns out that you overpaid.
The Altima is a preferred vehicle in some groups.Profiling.
A few years back, the wife and I had a white Nissan Altima sedan. Nice car; leather interior, Bose sound system, great road trip machine.
No matter where I traveled, I was getting pulled over. Texas, New Mexico, Colorado. Always for some BS reason. example: between Lubbock and Amarillio, pulled over by a local yokel: "I clocked you going 57 in a 55 zone." Never got a single ticket, though.
I suspect that Nissan fit a LOT of descriptions, so I must have looked suspicious.
What groups would those be?The Altima is a preferred vehicle in some groups.
Then the city of Denver has partnered with 2 dolts, when they should have thrown the book at them.They would stand where they wanted; get in and out of the car when they wanted; yell, scream, and curse at the officers when they wanted. They would attempt to ridicule and intimidate the officers; even going so far as to give the officers direct and repeated orders to “back up!” The amount of confidence this couple displayed was extraordinary.
Predictably, the couple was arrested. They resisted. They were forced into handcuffs. They hired a lawyer.
When the City of Denver agreed to pay $500,000 to avoid the lawsuit, the president of the Denver police union expressed concern that individuals stopped for routine traffic offenses will believe that they don’t have to comply with police orders. That’s a legitimate concern. But what about the police?
Most states, correctly, won't allow traffic enforcement without an actual LEO involved. Red light cameras are going the way of the dodo. People don't want technology policing their behavior.One thing I think the police should get out of the business of is traffic enforcement. The technology exists to do that hands off now, more cost effectively. I think that role really creates a bad image of police and a does not help their relationship with citizens. It makes them seem like tax collectors or moving meter maids, not intrepid crime fighters.
No. It is pubic perception of the police, then it is the responsibility of the police to convince the public otherwise. Don't put that on us. I will concede that the media has a responsibility to accurately report police actions and not sensationalize incidents with specific ethnic groups.But, if it is true that people are more likely to obey the police when they believe that police have the legitimate authority to tell them what to do, then it is up to our schools, media, politicians, families, and police leaders to end the debate. The legitimacy of the police is not in question; the courts have already given us reason to believe.
Back in the days when I was a puppy policeman (47 years ago now) we were trained a little differently. We were taught that we were public servants, citizens selected to represent the community and handle the business of law enforcement so that other citizens (our employers) could go about their daily lives peaceably. We were never allowed to view ourselves as above the general public or superior in any way, certainly not the arbiters of right and wrong. "Firm, fair, and friendly" were the bywords we were taught to live by.
Since that time there has been a movement toward viewing law enforcement as a profession, citizens have been generally discouraged from involving themselves in any way, and the cops seem to have developed the old "thin blue line" theory into an "us against them" mentality. Common courtesy from police officers has become perfunctory at best, and suspicion/hostility/contempt have replaced "firm, fair, and friendly" as the general practice. The young cops I deal with from time to time are distant, unhelpful, borderline rude, and generally project an attitude of indifference.
I retired from law enforcement after 24 years, including 6-1/2 years as a small town chief. I trained, hired, supervised, and fired dozens of young officers over the years. I am not anti-cop, but I seriously long for the old days when the cops genuinely tried to be a part of the community rather than the overlords or rulers of society. The trend toward professionalism has produced little more than an arrogant clique with little or no concept of the fact that every bit of authority they might have is what we, the people, have chosen to delegate to them.
I could go on for pages, but I think I'll shut down this rant for now.