I recently saw this link that include a video of police officers arresting children for skateboarding. The brutality is excessive and unnecessary in
I don't know how to put up the video by itself. If you can, please do, thanks.
Cops vs. Skaters
On a side note, I am now in court for honking my horn. The official charge is 'Improper Horn'.
Background for charge:
I was coming home after buying a pack of cigarettes at around 2:00 am (The police citation is so faintly written I can't even read it).
Four to six police SUVs were behind a tow truck putting a car up on the back the tow tow truck (truck with a bed, not towed behind) in the right hand
lane traffic of a four lane highway. The lane they were in ends and turns into my neighborhood.
I was in the far right hand lane they were in and was stopped at a stop light at the bottom of the hill leading to my neighborhood. I was first at
the light and had to make a lane change and there were cars in all three lanes to my left.
I accelerated from the stop light and made the lane change to the next lane over without a problem and avoided the officers and the tow truck with
room to spare.
Without any forewarning or blinker, one of the SUVs pulled into the lane I had just changed into and stopped. I thought he was going to continue
moving but when he stopped it did not leave me much reaction time to see if the next lane I had to get change into was clear or to just stop and
I changed lanes and honked my horn at the officer because he had cut of the flow of traffic, turning a four lane highway into a two lane highway and
jeopardizing the saftey of other drivers. Everyone was aware of the fact that only three lanes were available. I felt justified because they put
horns in cars for just such a thing, police officer or not.
I went to court the other day and had the first two cops at the metal detector laugh when they saw my charge. There was a lady that came before the
court and told everyone the procedure and said she would briefly answer some questions.
I went to her and handed her my paperwork and she gave me the same look as that she had never seen or heard of such a charge. I asked her for her
opinion on whether to plead innocent or guilty because this charge is apparently not on any books and carries a maximum fine of 10 days in jail and/or
$100 fine. I am not about to spend 10 days in jail for honking my horn, especially when it was justified. She said it will have to go before a judge
either way because it is not a traffic violation.
My number is called to approach the bench and plead not guilty or guilty. I plead not guilty and asked if I wanted to plead guilty what the fine
would be. They said it was not on any books and that I would have to see the judge no matter what.
I informed this lady that they had mispelled my first name and she said "It doesn't matter." I said 'Could you please correct my name?' She
once again said "It doesn't matter." I then said "Well how about you do it just for me?" It took three times to get my name corrected on a
charge that isn't on the books that I could potentially serve 10 days in jail for.
Not guilty or guilty the court fee is $108 which I consider racketeering.
noun: one who obtains money by an illegal enterprise usually involving intimidation.
transitive verb: to practice extortion on
I now have a court appearance before a judge at the end of August.
Does anyone have any advice or suggestions?