Police Harassment Answered


A friend sent me this humorous, but very serious piece today, and it kind of answers my questions about why and how police harass citizens . The recent news from Ferguson, Missouri and later from New York about police brutality against blacks made me wonder if my assessment of racism is correct. For the record, my assessment is this; We are not a racist nation anymore. Yes, many white people still do not care for blacks, but we are not racist. Not liking and hating are two different things. Believing that blacks are inferior is racist. I don’t like many blacks because they behave differently than me. Those that behave like me are good people. I also do not care for white people who behave differently than me, does that mean I am a racist, or a white supremacist? No, it means that I prefer to hang with people who have similar morals and character as I do.

For centuries people from all parts of the world have disliked each other for various reasons. The color of one’s skin is one reason that makes humans cautious about liking them. Right now in Africa, there are some very racist blacks who hate whites. Many African countries exploited by white traders, plantation owners and such actively seek to right wrongs by hating whites. Slave traders are, in my opinion, the most racist on the face of Earth. They seem to believe that they are so superior as to make their slave captures sub-human. So who should the blacks of America be upset with? Current, slave traders are number one.  They are the people who believe in treating their product as sub-human by exploiting them. Blacks are not alone in this matter, women of all races sold into sex slavery fit into the same group.

So who should the blacks of America be demonstrating against? Certainly not cops, nor any non-black who lives here. Their demonstrations should point at their slavers called the Democrat party who have exploited them with their policies of freebies and broken families.

It will take another hundred years to straighten out this mess, but we can do it by eliminating socialism and those who promote it. In the meantime, I agree with the author of the piece below. I could not verify the original author, but this version of the story seems to have the longest life on the net.


Recently, the Chula Vista, California Police Department ran an e-mail forum with the local community (a question and answer exchange) with the topic being, “Community Policing.” One of the civilian e-mail participants posed the following question:
“I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to continually harass people and get away with it?”
From the “other side” (the law enforcement side) Sgt. Bennett, obviously a cop with a sense of humor replied:
“First of all, let me tell you this…it’s not easy. In Chula Vista, we average one cop for every 600 people.
Only about 60% of those cops are on general duty (or what you might refer to as “patrol”) where we do most of our harassing. The rest are in non-harassing departments that do not allow them contact with the day to day innocents.
At any given moment, only one-fifth of the 60% patrollers are on duty and available for harassing people while the rest are off duty.
So roughly, one cop is responsible for harassing about 5,000 residents.
When you toss in the commercial business, and tourist locations that attract people from other areas, sometimes you have a situation where a single cop is responsible for harassing 10,000 or more people a day.
Now, your average ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds long. This gives a cop one second to harass a person, and then only three-fourths of a second to eat a doughnut AND then find a new person to harass.
This is not an easy task. To be honest, most cops are not up to this challenge day in and day out. It is just too tiring.
What we do is utilize some tools to help us narrow down those people which we can realistically harass.
The tools available to us are as follow:
PHONE: People will call us up and point out things that cause us to focus on a person for special harassment.
“My neighbor is beating his wife” is a code phrase used often. This means we’ll come out and give somebody some special harassment.
Another popular one: “There’s a guy breaking into a house.” The harassment team is then put into action.
CARS: We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They like to harass the drivers of fast cars, cars with no insurance or no driver’s licenses and the like.
It’s lots of fun when you pick them out of traffic for nothing more obvious than running a red light.
Sometimes you get to really heap the harassment on when you find they have drugs in the car, they are drunk, or have an outstanding warrant on file.
RUNNERS: Some people take off running just at the sight of a police officer. Nothing is quite as satisfying as running after them like a beagle on the scent of a bunny. When you catch them you can harass them for hours to determine why they didn’t want to talk to us.
STATUTES: When we don’t have PHONES or CARS and have nothing better to do, there are actually books that give us ideas for reasons to harass folks. They are called “Statutes”; Criminal Codes, Motor Vehicle Codes, etc…They all spell out all sorts of things for which you can really mess with people.
After you read the statute, you can just drive around for a while until you find someone violating one of these listed offenses and harass them.
Just last week I saw a guy trying to steal a car. Well, there’s this book we have that says that’s not allowed. That meant I got permission to harass this guy. It’s a really cool system that we’ve set up, and it works pretty well.
We seem to have a never-ending supply of folks to harass. And we get away with it. Why? Because for the good citizens who pay the tab, we try to keep the streets safe for them, and they
pay us to “harass” some people.
Next time you are in my town, give me the old “single finger wave.” That’s another one of those codes. It means, “You can’t harass me.” It’s one of our favorites.
Hopefully sir, this has clarified to you a little bit better how we harass the good citizens of Chula Vista.
Police Harassment, Chula Vista, California style –

One Response

  1. Thoroughly enjoyable. Cops are not descended from another planet. They are a part of, and draw their staff from, society and reflect mostly its values.

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