posted on Apr, 4 2009 @ 10:46 AM
well, this is my first post, and being a resident of az for the last 15 years, the first 5 of which were spent in phoenix, i can attest to many types
of less than ethical practices that the police in this state engage in. My first year in this state, when i moved here to join my parents, and was
still living with them, I locked myself out of their home while they were in Belize scuba diving Knowing that the sliding glass door on the patio was
unlocked I jumped the block wall and went in... I was sitting at the bar having a beer when 4 ppd officers came through the slider, weapons drawn, and
ordered me to the ground.I completely understood their actions, they were well within their protocols, and I held no malice twords them.Then things
began to change. After securing me and locating my wallet on the bar, they still persisted to detain me even though my id stated that i lived
there.OK...maybe they needed confirmation from an outside source.That is where things started getting fishy...
The officers then began to secure the rest of the house, which is also understandable.After doing this i directed them to my bedroom to prove i
lived there...but they still remained unconvinced.They then began to go through the office and other rooms, looking through papers and other info...I
said they had no right to do so, and they told me to, and i quote, "shut the # up asshole", and led me to the backyard...at 2pm in june in
phoenix..without shade or water.2 officers left, 2 remained to wait for confirmation from my parents...I sat in that yard in 110 degree heat for 2 and
a half hours until my parents could be reached at their hotel room in Belize.I was allowed to speak with them once they were satisfied that i belonged
there, and told my step-father what was going on...he told me to get their names and badge numbers, and he would take action when thet returned the
following week.Needless to say, the officers lied to their superiors and in their incident report. His attorney told him a lawsuit would be useless
unless we could prove they were lying...go figure.
I would also like to state that this type of behavior is not limited to cops in the greater phoenix area...in 2000 I moved to Kingman, AZ. I was
stopped walking down the street in broad daylight twice in my first 6 months here.My hair down to my ass was probably the reason, but they said i
matched the description of a suspicious person they were investigating.They searched me, ran my id, and detained me in the back of their patrol car
until i checked out.The legality of a broad daylight warrantless search and detainment is , IMO, certainly questionable, which leads me to this
All these abberations of justice happened before 9/11...before enhanced police powers and homeland security.This stuff was going on in all 50
states before...why the big noise now? Where were all the alarmists at in 1995, or 2000? Why does it take a crisis to have people wake up? How many
posters in this forum gave a # before their liberties began eroding?Be honest...how many of y'all would have stuck up for a long-haired metalhead
back in 1995?
If one persons freedom is violated or restricted, are not all of ours in jeopardy?