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I stated that I had no idea this was a law and she acted like it was obvious that it was illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk. I went home and looked it up and it is legal in my city except at the mall and certain business districts.
I checked state law as well and it does not prohibit sidewalk riding (california).
Originally posted by sremmos
Originally posted by boondock-saint
unfortunate for you but the police are just doing their job.
And since you are being stopped by different officers
there cannot be an identity confirmed between different
It is a known fact that some criminals use bicycles
to commit crimes at night because they are small
and elusive and can go where cars can't. Not to
mention, there is no license plate or identifying
marks on the bicycle that they can run a check
on from a moving police car. Couple that with it
being late night and dark, if I was a cop I'd stop
ya too. No offense. If your story checked out
then you would be on your way.
Look at the bright side, once you get known by the officers
patrolling that area you won't be harassed.
It just takes a lil time. Be patient, it will work out.
but it is illegal for police to randomly stop and ID people. someone merely being outside is not reasonable cause for suspicion. instead, it is a dragnet "pull people over for being outside and maybe we will get lucky some of the time" strategy.
It is illegal, it is absolutely against my character to think it's acceptable to be randomly stopped by armed individuals and asked for documents and/or searched for weapons, then questioned for ten minutes.
There was a Supreme Court case about this I don't remember what it's called. It is illegal and it's not okay to have to be harassed by police until they are 'used to you.'
I mean no offense to you I just disagree on the principle of equal protection under the law. Just as I cannot violate the law a police officer cannot violate the law either.
Originally posted by whatukno
File a complaint with the internal affairs office of the precinct that keeps stopping you. Tell them that the female cop has made unwarranted advances towards you and you don't appreciate the way she was undressing you with her eyes.
Remember, anything can sound dirty said the right way. Be sure to use her exact words, but say them in a suggestive way.
Next, if you have the money get a lawyer to write a strongly worded letter to the police department on your behalf. Telling them that this constant harassment cannot continue without you filing a lawsuit.
Remember, always be polite with the police when they stop you, but stab them in the back when they are gone. Once you do that, any further encounters with the police can be chalked up to retribution and you can actually get them in serious trouble.
Originally posted by Gorman91
reply to post by sremmos
- assumption of guilt is illegal.
- being even stopped on grounds for an illegal act made up by the police is illegal.
- being lied to and treated like that is grounds for libel as they are ruining your face and what title it has.
For this, you should report to the local police department and alert them top this fact and proclaim that another breach of the law on their half like that will result in immediate charges against them.
Bring a recorder next time and ask the same questions. PM me if you need my help to identify if their words are capable of being charged.
If for nothing else, you can get money for emotional distress. lol.
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by romanmel
Speaking of Fear and Control, you are doing the exact same thing you accuse Law Enforcement of doing. If you guys would take the time to actually understand the law, how it applies to you and Law Enforcement, these conversations would be way more productive.
Originally posted by np6888
I say we get rid of cops altogether. I can protect myself with my guns. Don't need anyone else doing that for me, and think they're so superior just because they possess the same weapons.
CVC 21200 states that bicyclists (who are not police officers) riding on roadways have all the rights and responsibilities applicable to the driver of a vehicle by Division 11 of the California Vehicle Code, which are the Rules of the Road.