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  • Cops/Finding time to harass people

    Its more difficult than you think

    POLICE HARASSMENT

    Maybe this should be made into a pamphlet to hand out....

    This was taken from a "Community Policing" question and answer via an e-mail
    forum in California.

    The question was:

    "I would like to know how it is possible for police officer to harass people
    and get away with it? And where can you go for help, other than a civil
    attorney?"

    And the answer was:

    "It is not easy. In California we average one cop for every 2000 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 moment and available for harassing
    people. So, one on duty cop is responsible to harass 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 to try to harass 20,000+ people a day.

    A ten hour shift runs 36,000 seconds. This gives a cop only one second to
    harass a person, and three-fourths of a second to eat a donut AND 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.

    Since you now understand why we cannot harass everyone let me explain
    briefly what we do to utilize some special "tools" to help us narrow down
    who we harass, so we can focus our limited "harassing resources" to those
    most worthy individuals. They are as follows:

    The Phone:
    People will call us up and point out things that cause us to focus
    on another person for special (concentrated) harassment. "My ex-husband just
    beat me and my boyfriend up and he is barricaded in the bedroom with our
    baby and a gun, or "My neighbor is beating up his wife and she is screaming
    for help" are a couple code phrases that are frequently employed. Then we
    come out and give special harassment to the wife beater. Another popular one
    on weekends is "My neighbors are out of town and their kids are having a
    loud party."

    Cars:
    We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive; They usually ride
    motorcycles so they can get around fast or cut through traffic to harass as
    many people as possible in their given shift. They like to harass the
    drivers of fast cars, cars blasting music, cars with expired registration
    tabs, and the like. It is lots of fun when we pick them out of traffic for
    nothing more obvious then running a red light, going around railroad
    crossing arms, or driving 20+ MPH over the posted limit in a school zone.
    Sometimes we get to really heap the harassment on when we find they have
    drugs in their car, are driving drunk, are unlicensed or have an arrest
    warrant!

    Runners:
    Some people take off running at the mere sight of a uniformed police
    officer. Nothing is quite as satisfying as running after them like a
    trained
    beagle on the scent of a bunny. When we catch them, gosh darn it if there
    isn't always some good reason to harass them for hours!

    Codes:
    When we can think of nothing else to do, there are books that give us
    ideas for reasons to harass folks. They are called Codes, Penal, Vehicle,
    Health and Safety, Business and Professions... They each spell out all
    sorts of silly things for which we can really mess with people. After we
    study these code books, we can just drive around for a while until we find
    someone violating one of the listed offenses and heap on the harassment!
    Just last week I saw a guy smash several car windows right in front of me.
    Well, believe it or not, one of the code books says that is not allowed.
    That meant I automatically got to harass this guy...of course he didn't like
    it, because just when I got done harassing him, the jail deputies harassed
    him and that will likely continue until the judge harasses him, then he will
    probably be harassed by a probation officer for the next couple of years.
    It is a pretty cool system that we have set up, and it works very well most
    of the time. We seem to have a never ending supply of folks to harass, and
    we "get away with it" because the good citizens pay the tab for us to keep
    the streets safe for them...and your civil attorney.

    Next time you are in my town, give me a "single finger wave". That is a
    secret signal that you wish for me to take a closer look at you, and maybe
    find a reason to harass you.


  • #2
    I love the response. I'm going to copy it for future use!

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    • #3
      That's great! I'll put that in the "save" file.
      " Life's disappointments are harder to take when you don't know any swear words." - Calvin

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      • #4
        That is definately a good one!!

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        • #5
          Gives Peeler the one finger wave just too see if I will be "harrassed" LOL.

          Klar
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          • #6
            The one-finger wave =

            The international sign requesting a complete and thorough mechanical inspection of the "waver's" vehicle
            Paul

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            • #7
              Ha! That's great! I love :lol
              No partner is worth your tears -
              the one that is won't make you cry. - Anonymous

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              • #8
                Hey People, I am glad that you enjoyed my little contribution...And KLAR sometimes even a finger wave is better than no finger
                at all

                I have a synical,sarcastic,black sense of humor, and I like to share...
                I tried to share it on another posting in the forum called Cutting back on cops/eek.

                Please read if you have the time or inclination...I think you will all enjoy it..

                Stay Safe out there

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                • #9
                  Well I sure enjoyed this one got to make a few copies.
                  Stay safe and watch your back. Survived Katrina. Now a Official member of the Chocolate City Police.

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                  • #10
                    LOL I enjoy getting the finger myself I think soo many people telling me I am number one (ok so they use the wrong finger) means for me to keep up the driving habits I have come to love LOL.

                    Klar
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by klar:
                      LOL I enjoy getting the finger myself I think soo many people telling me I am number one (ok so they use the wrong finger) means for me to keep up the driving habits I have come to love LOL.

                      Klar
                      LOL! i especially like the extra-polite ones...the ones who beep their horn first to make sure they have your full attention, before letting you know you're Number One!
                      "You did what you knew how to do...and when you knew better, you did better." ~~Maya Angelou

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                      • #12
                        LOL yeppers and I sometimes honk back at them, wave (using all fingers) and smile as I continue to do what I am doing at the time thus ensuring them that I did see them and was happy that they were telling me how great I am.

                        Klar
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                        • #13
                          Love it.
                          [email protected] "Where there is love, there is no imposition"- Albert Einstien.

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