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The Other White Meat gets a reprimand in Knoxville

Hmmm, evidently it's OK to not know the law in Ohio, get a police job in Tennessee, not know the law there either, and use as an excuse that you thought it was the same law in Ohio.

I'm glad Putnam made out OK, even if the police department blew off 2 of his complaints. But I'm sorry we don't have more information on Officer Glenn Todd Greene. After all, they let us know when a sex offender moves into the neighborhood, and I have less probable cause to fear them than I do to fear Officer Greene.

Thanks to Beck...but Billy, I suspect that "the shock" was feigned. Trevor was dealing with cops, he deals with cops in his work, and it was in his personal best interests to act as if all cops were law-abiding people. He knows better, now, but he still has to play along.

The Other White Meat increasingly trayf

Brett Darrow's video of his run-in with at St. George MO police officer has been making the rounds. I'll admit that I haven't seen it (don't do video at work, CAN'T do video at home) so I can't comment. But evidently even before that, there were police uttering death threats online. And Darrow has a history with bad cops:

The young driver's encounters with Saint Louis area police began in March 2005 when an intoxicated, off-duty police officer threatened to kill him. Darrow escaped only to find himself arrested hours later. The city agreed to drop all charges against him on the condition that he waive his right to sue over the incident. The following year, a Saint Louis officer at a DUI roadblock said he would, "find a reason to lock you up tonight" (view video and story). This is in addition to Sergeant Kuehnlein's videotaped threat that, "we will ruin your career and life and everything else you have coming before you."

Evidently Kuehnlein's boss is no better:

St. George Police Chief Scott Uhrig is also being investigated by city officials who say he may have failed to inform them that the State of Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission concluded that, "Uhrig's unwelcome sexual advances to a teenager, while on duty and under the guise of enforcing the laws, indicate an especially egregious mental state, show that he cannot enforce the law, and are cause for discipline."

Thanks to Beck.

Debtors Junker's prison

A Cape St. Claire man is behind bars for failing to clean up his junk-filled back yard, officials said.

Apparently, it's not his yard then, but the city government's yard. If they're going to claim constructive ownership anyway, why don't they just eminent-domain it and force the complaining neighbors to buy it...whether they can afford it or not?

OMG! A DA who insists on evidence!

The cops in Victoria Co., TX are unhappy with District Attorney Steve Tyler because he's turning down 36% of their adult cases..and HALF of their juvies.

"If you cannot do your duty, you need to resign and give the duty to someone who can," Tyler said."What they got used to is not having to comply with the law. It shows me they're not willing to do anything that's costly and inconvenient. They think I'm giving them hell. I'm telling them the truth, and they just think it's hell.If they don't know the law, they need to learn it. I'm more than willing to help them. If they don't do that, there's no way to fix this. I function according to the law."

Aside from the little problem of the jails being full while the cops do their homework, I'm so not-sympathetic to their complaint.

The Other White Meat plays family court judge

A knock on the door in the middle of the night, and two Sagamore Hills Township police officers stood before Somier McLaughlin. They wanted to talk about her refusal to let her ex-husband -- a Summit County sheriff's lieutenant -- leave the country with their daughter.

McLaughlin had set conditions for the trip: The only way the 8-year-old could go to the Dominican Republic for her father's wedding was if both mother and daughter had passports. The girl now had hers; McLaughlin, who wanted a way to reach her child in case of emergency, did not.

So McLaughlin held her ground in the face of authority as a third officer arrived. She cursed the officers and ordered them to go. Leave they did -- with McLaughlin handcuffed in the back of a police car.

I suppose we should be thankful that they knocked at 1 AM instead of breaking down the door with a SWAT team. Let's look at the facts:
1. McLaughlin was the custodial parent.
2. The police admitted they did not have a court order, a warrant or any document from Domestic Relations Court mandating that Smith take the child when they arrived that morning.
3. "The midnight knock" is totally inappropriate when discussing child custody issues.
4. Since in fact the police had no legal business in a non-criminal's home at 1 AM, they should have left when requested.
5. Even though Sagamore police are an independent unit, I doubt they would have done this had the father and stepmother-to-be not been police officers.
6. Per the story, at the time of arrest McLaughlin had done nothing more than verbally abuse police. If abusing police is an arrestable offense in the land of free speech, I fully expect to be removed from my office today on account of this post. The alleged kick to the groin (are there independent witnesses? Medical evidence?) occurred after the arrest.

I don't know what or if the grand jury was thinking, but had I been on it, even if I had found probable cause, I would have been trying to charge the police as well.

Another DEA informant lies people into jail

Oh goody, we get our very own lying POS. Fortunately, they've awakened to his game before any 92-year-old ladies got shot or before anyone could be sent to Death Row for plugging an unannounced intruder. Now, if somebody would only figure out that the Drug War is always going to generate creeps like this...

Of course, Balko is on it.

Voinovich: dumbest man in Congress?

Joe Farah has nominated Voiny as Dumbest Man (thus doubtless leaving room to nominate Nancy Pelosi as Dumbest Woman). I kind of liked George as mayor and governor, but it seems to me that he's met his Peter Principle. Even so, it seems like there has to be somebody stupider (and let's not confuse crazy or evil with stupid; neither Kucinich nor Hillary are stupid), maybe somebody from one of the more inbred parts of the country.

OH: a great place to drive.

Where else but in Ohio can you blow all zeroes on a breathalyzer and still be charged with drunk driving? Where else do they set up roadblocks by the barrio on Cinco de Mayo "because it's a holiday and people drink", but they get unlicenced drivers instead of drunks? I think I'll stay home this weekend.

NJ State Police act like Mafiosi

NJ state troopers have had their widdle feelings hurt by media treatment of their role in Corzine-gate. So on one of their blog sites, troopers have been threatening a "ticket blitz". The Jersey Guys of WKXW (Craig Carton and Ray Rossi) made this public, and the president of the police union, David Jones, retaliated by disclosing Carton's home address and plate number. The superintendent of state police has muzzled Jones. But

Mr. Carton and Mr. Rossi dedicated their show yesterday to a discussion of their fight with Mr. Jones, whom they referred to repeatedly as a “lunatic” who had caused them to fear for the safety of their families. Mr. Carton said that he had hired “round-the-clock” protection.

“I don’t want money,” Mr. Carton said. “I want a guarantee that my family is safe.”

Some juicy quotes from the trooper's blog are here. And apparently Rasinski was reading a text message on his Blackberry or a cell phone at the time of the crash.

A Berkeley Heights police sergeant was quoted in the Star-Ledger of Newark yesterday saying he sent an e-mail shortly before the crash to Trooper Robert Rasinski, confronting him over having a two-year affair with his wife, Susan. He said he enclosed a family photo as an attachment.

So...these guys think they can speed, not enforce the law for the high and mighty, overenforce the law on everyone else, drive while distracted, screw other people's wives. And when people call them on acting like bullies, their answer is...to act like bullies. Yeah, that's real persuasive. So tell us again why we should respect the law, when those who enforce it show themselves to be utterly disrespectable.

Corzine goes home.

There were no emergency lights blazing, and drivers were told to observe the speed limit. WorldNetDaily claimed that he was doing 70 in a 55, but from the article under the headline, the only safe conclusion was that they were doing 70 in a 65, which in NJ is probably called "falling behind in traffic." It was pretty sleazy to accuse him of speed-demon ways when he was obviously trying to set a good example.

UPDATE: Balko takes the WND position. So, Radley, do you really want cops busting people for 5 miles over? He kind of makes up for it though with some links to other stories about the High and Mighty taking over the highways.

Highwayman alert

Starting Monday and through the next five weeks, the State Highway Patrol will police five stretches of Cuyahoga County highways between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in an effort to reduce crashes that kill and injure.

The targeted areas of Interstate 480 and Interstate 90 run through Cleveland, Brooklyn, Euclid, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights and Warrensville Heights.


Drive carefully; the money (and life) you save may be your own.

If the cops won't do their job...

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A citizen filed a complaint against Gov. Jon S. Corzine for failing to wear his seat belt in the highway accident that left the governor critically injured.

A judge will review the complaint next week and decide whether to hold a hearing, which could lead to a $46 fine, said Roseanne Lugg, court administrator for Galloway Township, where the April 12 crash occurred.

Take their guns away!

No, not mentally ill Korean kids...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Secret Service officers were injured on Tuesday after a gun held by another Secret Service officer accidentally fired inside the White House gate, according to a spokesman, Darrin Blackford.

Oh yeah. "The gun fired", just got up and made the hard decision that SS agents needed to be shot.

There's no such thing as "accidental discharge", only "negligent discharge."

Canadian experiences Southern hospitality

A 23-year-old Carleton University master's student is outraged and demanding an apology from Georgia officials after spending more than 11 uncomfortable hours in a detention centre for running a stop sign and speeding.

Cheryl Kuehn said she was fingerprinted and had her mugshot taken before being forced to strip naked and shower, don a navy blue jail outfit and sleep in a cell with two other women while other inmates jeered and leered at her from adjoining cells.

But officials with the Georgia state police and Glynn County Detention Center, where Mrs. Kuehn was being held, said they were just following procedure when someone from another country is stopped for speeding or other traffic violations -- no matter how minor they might seem.

Our government has been dwelling a lot lately on "Canada is a foreign country." I suspect it's a softening-up operation for the North American Union, to make commerce between us so impossible that citizens of both nations will clamor to be in the same country.

Elgin powice get they widdle feelins hurt!

The police sent a SWAT team against a nice middle-aged couple because an anonymous tipster said they had guns. Of course they didn't have guns; this is Illinois, where by definition law-abiding citizens don't have guns. The Grangers were a little hot, especially when the police wouldn't accept a complaint. The city is paying for the repairs, and now it's the cops' turn to be offended:

Officer Bill Wood, the police union president, said the union does not oppose the city's decision to pay for repairs to the house but is upset by statements from City Council members who he said seem to be rushing to judgment when "everything we did that day, front to back, was by the book."

Well, when you can get a no-knock warrant on the basis of an anonymous tip, for something that shouldn't be a crime anyway, maybe the book needs to be re-written.
Someone on ClaireFiles observed that, so far, it's been a 1-in-6 chance that the Elgin cops will come up empty on a raid. So it really is a roll-of-the-dice.

There aren't enough illegal drugs in Ohio...

...so the cops want to make one more: Salvia divinorum

The Lorain County Drug Task Force raised concerns in February about the drug's availability after agents found the herb for sale at a cellular phone store in Lorain....

"It's something we feel should be outlawed," [task force head Capt. Dennis] Cavanaugh said. "It should not be available to kids."


Oh, we're going to make law on feelings now, eh copper? How about some thought here: who is being hurt by salvia? (assuming that there's a compelling state interest in forcing people to not hurt themselves, which I categorically reject.) We've got one kid who may have offed himself because of salvia-induced depression (How many times does that occur with alcohol?) And there's a conflict of interest in a drug overlord lobbying the legislature for a law that will increase his employment opportunities.

Since feelings are so treasured by Capt. Cavanaugh, you might want to share your feelings with him:
Captain Dennis E. Cavanaugh
9896 Murray Ridge Road
Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 329-3704
Fax: (440) 284-0360

Don't shop convenience stores in Summit Co.

...crazy people run into them under color of law and handcuff you.

I am soooo honored (NOT!) that my own county made Radley Balko's blog. He's right that this approach was totally unnecessary. The cops were afraid he had a gun; well, what convenience store owner DOESN'T? And wouldn't he be more likely to use it if a bunch of maniacs burst into his store? I don't patronize convenience stores, but gods only know when the local gendarmerie might get a burr up their butts about something and do likewise to me. Really, this SWAT team sounds like something out of "Team America: World Police".

Prince said her son, who has asthma, was soaking wet from being on the ground. She said she took him to a doctor the next day for breathing problems and she has been a bundle of nerves since.

``What if someone started shooting? I could have been killed,'' she said. ``I just think it (the raid) was poorly planned. What about the customers in the store? I wasn't doing anything wrong.''

Thornton said a letter will be sent to Prince apologizing for the fact that she was ``caught up'' in an unfortunate situation.

``We are going to try to explain it to her,'' Thornton said.

Cash does more than letters can
to justify SWAT's ways to Man.

Do not drive today

...and if you must, make sure you watch your speed and your seat belt. Highwaymen are everywhere, moreso even than on holidays. My wife says its because it's Full Moon. I was aware, but not aware enough...45 is a difficult speed: too fast for 4th, not quite fast enough for 5th. And I was doing the very reasonable speed of 56 when a Highwayman going the other direction stopped my coach. To convince me that his boots were worth licking, he dropped the speed and charged me the Freedom Tax for the right not to wear a seat belt.

This really looks like a planned, concerted crackdown. So why not stay home and put a dent in the economy?

Mommy, my Alpha-Bits spell DCFS!

In Port Huron MI (my home town, sorta), letting your kids eat Cheerios without milk is probable cause to have a DCFS goon snoop around. While feeding child kibble of any sort is suboptimal nutrition, if it were child abuse, you'd have to lock up the entire country. Of course (sob!), I am physically scarred from the amount of sweet dry cereal (and ice cream, and cookies, and pop, and my mom's pies, and and and) that I ate as a child (and adult!). And my parents loved me. Not that a DCFS ever cared about that.

For more horror stories, see here.

Blue team terror farce

After three weeks, out of 11 cities, Boston decides to freak about the Aqua Teen Hunger Force campaign.

"It's clear the intent was to get attention by causing fear and unrest that there was a bomb in that location," Assistant Attorney General John Grossman said at their arraignment.
No, it's not. If it were clear, don't you think people would have been panicing when this all started? And, duh, if I were putting a bomb somewhere, I sure wouldn't cover it with blinking lights.
Authorities vowed to hold Turner accountable for what Menino said was "corporate greed," that led to at least $750,000 in police costs.

Wow! The War on Terror meets class rhetoric. I guess the Democrats will have to free the Guantanamo detainees so they can fill it with CEOs.

I really want to see a prosecutor snickered at by a jury over this. Maybe they can bring Mike Nifong in to try it; it's not like he has anything left to lose.

Open season on historians in Atlanta

The American Historians Association recently held their conference in Atlanta, at the Hilton and Marriott hotels, which are across the street from each other, and in the middle of the block. So the AHA members jaywalked, just as they did as students. The cops copped an attitude.

On Friday the Tufts historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto was arrested by Atlanta police as he crossed the middle of the street between the Hilton and Hyatt hotels. After being thrown on the ground and handcuffed, the former Oxford don was formally arrested, his hands cuffed behind his back. Several policemen pressed hard on his neck and chest, leaving the mild-mannered scholar, who's never gotten so much as a parking ticket, bruised and in pain. He was then taken to the city detention center along with other accused felons and thrown into a filthy jail cell filled with prisoners. He remained incarcerated for eight hours. Officials demanded bail of over a thousand dollars. To come up up with the money Fernandez-Armesto, the author of nineteen books, had to make an arrangement with a bail bondsman. In court even the prosecutors seemed embarrassed by the incident, which got out of hand when Fernandez-Armesto requested to see the policeman's identification (the policeman was wearing a bomber jacket; to Fernandez-Armesto, a foreigner unfamiliar with American culture, the officer did not look like an officer). The prosecutors asked the professor to plead nolo contendere. He refused, concerned that the stain on his record might put his green card status in jeopardy. Officials finally agreed to drop all charges. The judge expressed his approval. The professor says he has no plans to sue. But the AHA council is considering lodging a complaint with the city.

That's horrifying. But the story mysteriously continues:

The AHA is mainly very anti-war and that doesn’t sit well with many of the authoritarian types in the police in the deep South.

Now, if this is true as stated, i.e., if the AHA as an organization is anti-war (as opposed to the individuals of the AHA), there's something wrong here. A professional society should be dealing with its profession, not with politics. Granted, historians know more about war than almost anyone. But they don't and can't have a historical long view about current wars. And unlike the ALA and Cuban librarians (also arguably a political matter), they aren't dealing with the professional conditions of other librarians (the ALA isn't dealing, period, preferring to see Cuba's incarcerated librarians as "not librarians" because they don't have a MLS).

This is shameful. But given the tendency of academics to become court intellectuals and coutesans to power, this might wake a few of them up.

Tip o'hat to Claire Wolfe.

Killing 4-legged cops almost as bad as 2-legged

Well, since the police have been such a stimulating topic here lately, how about this? The cops can kill your kid's chained puppy on a mistaken no-knock raid, with no consequences. But kill a police dog that's escaped and threatening you (and is wearing no ID as a police dog) on your own property, and it's a third-degree felony (5 years and $10K), AND you have to pay 11K for the dog. And what was police property doing in a private residence anyway? Deeter was as responsible for controlling his dog as for controlling his firearm.

City law director Dave Hackenberg said shortly after Flip was killed, he sent a bill to Mr. Whitman for more than $11,000 that the city paid for the dog. He said that under Ohio law, a person who shoots and kills a dog is responsible to pay for it.

Unfortunately, he's right:

959.04 TRESPASSING ANIMALS

Sections 959.02 and 959.03 of the Revised Code do not extend to a person killing or injuring an animal or attempting to do so while endeavoring to prevent it from trespassing upon his enclosure, or while it is so trespassing, or while driving it away from his premises; provided within fifteen days thereafter, payment is made for damages done to such animal by such killing or injuring, less the actual amount of damage done by such animal while so trespassing, or a sufficient sum of money is deposited with the nearest judge of a county court or judge of a municipal court having jurisdiction within such time to cover such damages. Such deposit shall remain in the custody of such judge until there is a determination of the damages resulting from such killing or injury and from such trespass. Such judge and his bondsmen shall be responsible for the safekeeping of such money and for the payment thereof as for money collected upon a judgment.

I'd feel better about this if Ohio had an adaquate leash law that Deeter could be prosecuted under.

Barry Cooper, American hero

"He was probably the best narcotics officer in the state and maybe the country during his time with the task force.”
Bad cop, no donut!
Cooper, who said he favors the legalization of marijuana, made the video in part because he believes the nation’s fight against drugs is a waste of resources. Busting marijuana users fills up prisons with nonviolent offenders, he said.

“My main motivation in all of this is to teach Americans their civil liberties and what drives me in this is injustice and unfairness in our system,” Cooper told the newspaper.

Good cop! Very good cop! Have your own donut shop...because you certainly won't be working in law enforcement, not after making a how-to video on how to break the law effectively practice free-market capitalism.

Of course his former colleagues are trying to find a way to violate his 1st Amendment rights. My advice would be to get out of Tyler; odd and unexplainable things happen in small Texas towns.

UPDATE 7/30/07: There's been a little tussle between Barry and Loretta Nall over Loretta's less-than-positive review of the video.

Remember when the Mounties were nice?

Well, they've been taking dynamic entry lessons from the U.S. cops. Of course, being Canadians, they have the nice mission of "making sure you're safe", even though the homeowners TOLD them they were safe and opened the doors so they could see. "Safety" in this case involved Tasering and cracked ribs...which fortunately belonged to a LAWYER. This is going to get good.

92 year old drug dealer (NOT!) gets what's coming to her

At least she got some hits in. You've got to die of something when you're 92, and if the virus that gets you has two legs and pretends to think, well, that's the breaks, eh? It's probably just as well they got her; it would be hard for a woman that age to be Cory Maye in a dress. ("Hey, we're going to put you on Death Row!" "You twit, I'm 92 effing years old; I'm already on Death Row!") Maybe the War on Drugs can save Social Security, by killing off enough old people.

Of course Balko is on it.

Terrorist necking

Yes, those smiles of pleasure could bring a plane down if JHVH in His displeasure should lob a thunderbolt at it. Reason enough to give them 20 years in the pokey. That IS why we passed the PATRIOT Act, wasn't it?...to show societal disapproval to the hot-to-trot?

Tacoma cops busted

Via Balko, a beautiful tongue-lashing by Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit Court. The cops thought they were not required to have a warrant to break into a home and terrorize the home's owner. The jury thought otherwise. The cops appealed, claiming immunity. Kozinski was so not impressed:

..a jury made up of seven members of the community heard the evidence and unanimously ruled in Frunz’s favor. By not only finding defendants liable, but also imposing punitive damages, the jury determined that the officers acted in reckless or malicious disregard of plaintiff’s constitutional rights. Only the most misguided optimism would cause defendants, and those who are paying for their defense, to appeal the verdict under these circumstances. Surely, the citizens of Tacoma would not want to be treated in their own homes the way the jury found officers Stril, Morris and Alred treated Frunz and her guests. A prompt payment of the verdict, accompanied by a letter of apology from the city fathers and mothers, might have been a more appropriate response to the jury’s collective wisdom.10 AFFIRMED. 10 Defendants and their counsel shall show cause within 14 days why they should not be assessed double costs and attorney’s fees for filing a frivolous appeal. Fed. R. App. P. 38.

He's got Jesus now.

Evidently shouting in public is a capital offence in Illinois:

JERSEYVILLE, Illinois A teenager carrying a Bible and shouting "I want Jesus" was shot twice with a police stun gun and later died at a St. Louis hospital, authorities said.

This seems to have been more a Not Followink Ze Orders problem than a police problem with rowdy Christians. But darned if I can see what the kid did to deserve being interfered with, let alone killed.

Odd news to be printed on the eve of All Saints Day.

Royce City TX is being sued for a million dollars because they didn't teach Spanish to their police officer, who then allegedly used excessive force.

The plaintiff in the suit said he had been coming to the U.S. to work for 23 years but did not understand what the officer meant when he repeatedly said, "Down! Down! Down!"

You know, it's pretty obvious that Hispanics are our moral superiors. So I suggest we harmonize our resident alien laws with those of Mexico, and then enforce them. Then it will be fair for everyone, si?

Good cop, have a donut

Readers of this blog know that I have an ambivalent attitude toward the police. No, I'm not a Tom Alciere (who lost a political career over his Usenet advocacy of cop-killing as self-defence). Nor am I Hans Werner Henze, or I would have called this post Versuch über Schweine. As a minarchist, I think they have their place. I enjoy having an armed somebody to protect my things and my life. I don't think that necessarily has to be done by government, but traditionally, it has been.

No, the problem with cops is that, of necessity, they have sold their souls. They have to enforce all the stupid laws that our alleged betters have saddled us with. They have some discretion, but if they flat out refuse to arrest for non-offenses, the boss will have words with them.

But a few have honor. Today's tale involves a man I met once while pulling jury duty, an upright citizen who applauds gun control when applied by convenience store owners, but not by the government.

The officer was patrolling his beat in the worst part of Cleveland, and picked up a prostitute. He thought he'd do a little quality-of-life survey, so he asked the whore, "Pardon me for asking, but what do you receive for your services?"

She said, "I try to get $2."

No, not "I get $2", but "I TRY to get $2", implying that sometimes she doesn't succeed.

He told her to get out of the car. He sprayed the back seat down with Lysol, and set her free. There are some people too pathetic to arrest, and some crimes which are their own punishment.

Case security goes pro

I thought Case Security HAD guns...they won't let the rest of us have them, so I figured that of course they would. What was the campus administration thinking? Even drug store rent-a-cops are armed.

In any case, arming and professionalizing campus security is generally a good move. I'm not in general in favor of multiplying the population of sus scrofa, and I hope that this training will not turn Security from being the helpful bunch they've generally been. If Case is going to claim a monopoly on the use of force as a condition of employment, their staff had better be up to the job.

Bad cop no donut 2: Warrensville Hts OH

Or maybe good cop, depending on your POV. Today's adventure happened to me.

There's a high school on the route I generally take to work, and of course I honor the school zone; it's the right thing to be careful around children, everyone else is slow so I can't go fast, and there's always a cop there. Unusually, today the cop was in the median facing traffic. So of course I was carefully watching my speed.

I got to the 40 mph sign and accelerated. Unfortunately, my foot was a little heavy, and I gunned the engine. That seems to have gotten his interest. He started following, and threw on his flashers. Not being stupid, I pulled over.

By the time he got to my car, the window was down. "So what's the problem?" I asked...because I had done nothing wrong. I looked the cop in the eye and face, serenely, for a long moment, while he attempted to process what it was like to encounter somebody without guilt or fear.

"You were speeding, that's the problem."

"No I wasn't. I was watching very carefully."

Another moment of silence while Officer Friendly processed this unexpected answer. "Well, I was watching very carefully too. You were doing 28. Do you think I'd go to all this trouble just to lie to you?"

"I don't know what you'd do." (which nowadays with cops is the gospel truth, though with an older guy I figured I was on reasonably safe ground).

"Let me see your licence and proof of insurance." It wasn't in my billfold, as yesterday I'd tried to use it instead of my work ID, to open a door. I finally found it in my pocket, right about the time OF was running out of patience. He didn't take a good look at the insurance card, which was from last year. "What's your driving record like?"

"Pretty darn good."

"You know, most people when they get pulled over admit they might have been going a little fast and ask for a break. 28 years I've been on this force, and you don't think I know my job? If you'd had a doctor for 28 years, wouldn't you do what he told you to do?"

"I'd get a second opinion."

"Well, you don't get a second opinion with the police."
Duh, yeah, that's what juries are for. And I would have fought this one."So do you want a ticket, or should I go easy on you?"

"You should go easy on me."

He went off to the car as I detachedly pondered the possibilities. I figured he might write me for speeding plus seat belt, maybe call in some support.

He comes back. "You had a speeding ticket in 2003. In Cleveland?"

"I don't remember." (also the gospel truth; even after having been reminded, I do not remember receiving a speeding ticket. I don't doubt that the officer was telling the truth of what was found in the records; it's just that since I don't feel guilt about speeding, it's minutiae not worth keeping track of in my busy life.)

"You don't remember something from three years ago? You're trying to play me like a cheap fiddle!"

"No sir, I don't."

He goes on with a few more lessons on the proper approach to police authority, and then announces that he's letting me go. I thank him and leave.

I really don't know what got into me. I've never done that before. It could have gone so wrong so quickly, esp. since my driver's side door won't open (I'm taking it in tonight). But every other time, they had me dead to rights, and this time I was innocent, damnit. My analysis is that the engine gunning pissed him off, but 8 really wasn't enough to go to court with (and it was obvious that I would have contested the ticket.) The bad karma is that this guy will be gunning for me. Maybe I need another route to work...or to downshift into 1st gear.

But damn, that felt good!

Bad cop, no donut I

(with apologies for stealing Frank Ney's line)

Evidently getting lost coming out of Camden Yards and ending up in Cherry Hill is an arrestable offence in Baltimore:

Collins said somehow they ended up in the Cherry Hill section of south Baltimore. Hopelessly lost, relief melted away concerns after they spotted a police vehicle.

"I said, 'Thank goodness, could you please get us to 95?" Kelly said.

"The first thing that she said to us was no -- you just ran that stop sign, pull over," Brook said. "It wasn't a big deal. We'll pay the stop sign violation, but can we have directions?"

"What she said was 'You found your own way in here, you can find your own way out.'" Kelly said.

Collins said the couple spotted another police vehicle and flagged that officer down for directions. But Officer Natalie Preston, a six-year veteran of the force, intervened.

"That really threw us for a loop when she stepped in between our cars," Kelly said. "(She) said my partner is not going to step in front of me and tell you directions if I'm not."

After 8 hours in jail, they were released without charges, only to find:

Collins said police left Kelly's car unlocked and the windows down at the impound lot. He reported a cell phone charger, pair of sunglasses and 20 CDs were stolen.

I thought female cops were supposed to be kinder and gentler.

(Hat tip to WND.)

UPDATE: Wendy McElroy, linked from Billy Beck:

The following story captures one of the reasons Brad and I are spending as little time in the States as possible even though many family members live there: namely, the pervasive atmosphere of paranoia, totalitarianism and social hostility. The police response in this instance is an extreme example of what is a prevailing mood with which you must deal on a daily -- indeed, minute-by-minute -- basis when you do almost anything State-side. And I mean you must be careful of what you say about politics while standing in a fast food line...I'm talking a change that has trickled down to that level. The shift has been so incremental that I'm not sure people living in the States even notice how dramatically the culture has deteriorated toward intolerance and mandatory genuflection toward all authority. But for those of us who used to go down from Canada several times a year, it is torture to see what I truly believe was the freest country in the world become the most dangerous one to liberty...this is another example of why you should never voluntarily interact with the police. Better you should ask a hooker on the street corner for directions.

UPDATE: Taranto draws a different lesson:

Ladies, do you understand now why we never ask for directions?