posted on Oct, 16 2006 @ 11:42 AM
This is something that has been on my mind for quite some time, and wanted to see if anyone is interested in discussing it here.
A little background: I live in a small town, with 6 other smaller towns close by. There are a lot of police officers that patrol the area.
On a Saturday nights between 7 PM &the early morning hours, it's nearly impossible to drive without being pulled over by a police officer, I am a law
abiding citizen, but always manage to be stopped and questioned, and, occasionally fined for something, (the other night, it was window tint, wich,
wasn't very dark). Ok, thats fine. Also, in this area, there is a serious drug problem. Mostly oxycontin, and other high strength perscrition pain
killers. The age group that uses these drugs range from 15 to 50m &over. There are two unsolved murders in town, drug related, everyone KNOWS who did
it, the guy is also a big drug user, and seller, and is walking. All the citizens are afraid of him. It's harder to drive at night around here then
it is to do drugs without getting in trouble. I think it's really messed up. With all the drug related issues, the cops are focussing in on the
people driving through town doing 5 over the posted speed limit and hitting them up with $250 fines, and having serious attitude problems. I am on the
local fire &rescue, and am at the scene of a lot of serious auto accidents, usually alcohol related. Many times, the State Police come to the scene,
and pardon my language, but are total pricks to us firefighters. I, as well as a few other of the firemen used to donate money yearly to the P.A.L.,
but since having dealing with one to many asshole cops, we have stopped. Police officers are turning the good people against them. I get pulled over
and fined for doing 29 in a 25, and the guy up the street is making meth in his house &selling it to teenagers, and gets away with it, over &over.
There was a big article in todays paper here, that is talking about how great of a job the police are doing with catching speeders on the road, and
that in one town, fines are madatory in many cases (no more verball, or written warnings). It seems to me with the other problems, pulling over people
for minor driving infractions would not be at the top of there list of things to do. At night especially, you always have a cop tail gaiting you, then
they pull you over, and despite how polite I ALWAYS am, and how fast I have my license/registration &insurance card ready, they always give me
horrible attitude and make totally un called for remarks. I don't do drugs and I'm not involved in any illegal activities, I am always so tempted to
say something to the officer about how they should be going after the people selling dope &really breaking the law, but thats like pissing with a
skunk. You can't win. I never had anything but respect for cops, as I know they have a tough job, but damn it, do it right, don't harass people. Go
after the criminals, don't make good, law abiding citizens feel like the criminal. I want to write a letter to the Maine state police and tell them
how I feel, and that I no longer contribute there athletic league &why.
My next door neighbor, an 85 year old man, was pulled over &fined $250.00 for speeding in town, (45 mph in a 35) about a week ago, at the same time,
my little brother knows a 16 year old girl who injects drugs into the corner of her eye, smokes pot, and does pills, and never gets in trouble. wtf?
is it just me, or is local law enforcement really failing at it's job?
what are your thoughts?