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Originally posted by sayzaarI also believe that they are being told behind closed doors (speculation of course) that they can do WHATEVER they feel necessary in any given situation, and their superiors will back them up.
Originally posted by evo80
As for the good cops, there is a problem there as well. Many of them are giving out bull$#!& tickets. I got a speeding ticket last year that I did not deserve. First of all, I was watching my speed because cops were all over the place. I know how fast I was going. Second, I was getting into a left turn lane. Its hard to speed up to make a turn. Finally, the cop stated in his notes, and in court, that there were other cars by me. I got the ticket because I was the only white car in the mix. So the color of my car made me the one guilty of speeding. What about the green van that PASSED me going down that road? A few months ago I got another ticket. This one was for crossing three lanes to get into a turn lane. Well there was no other option and the officer even told me that it was not possible to safely cross all three lanes, given that the distance was extremely short. He 'recommended' that I go out of my way and wait at a light that takes forever from now on. Anyway, it is obvious that the police are starting to either abuse you physically, or go for your pocketbook for ridiculous 'crimes.'
As far as the internet giving the negative incidents more attention, yes that is part of it. But there is a shift going on that I have seen personally, that I did not see online.
With the economy the way it is right now, crime is going up. Wouldnt you think that the cops would be out patrolling the problem areas? Well they are not. They are just sitting there, 2 or 3 at a time, in all of their hiding places waiting to give out speeding tickets. Yea keep the speeders off the streets. Is this really helping anything? If they were simply patrolling, the speeding would go down due to the sight of the cop cars driving around. The problem is that patrolling does not bring in the money that catching speeders does.