Police Harassment

Police Harassment

Police Harassment

Recently, the Chula Vista Police Department ran an e-mail forum (a question and answer exchange) with the topic being, "Community Policing."

One of the civilian email 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. And 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 donut 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 follows:

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 is, "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.

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 awhile 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 is a really cool system that we have 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 fa! vorites.

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4 years 31 weeks ago, 8:32 PM

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lmao. thats f'in awesome. im deffinantly going to send that to some people i know. maybe show it to my instructer. i love it

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4 years 31 weeks ago, 8:37 PM

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Wow! Striate and to the point. I used to love to harass people.

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4 years 31 weeks ago, 10:13 PM

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Saturday Night Live.

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
4 years 31 weeks ago, 2:45 AM

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Love it

My brother is a retired Texas Trooper (30 yrs)
and now a reserve Texas Ranger. He will love it.

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4 years 31 weeks ago, 5:25 PM

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Very funny, I'm not LE, but I still like to harrass idiots and jack asses! Oh and selfish ignorant bastards that think they are better than me!

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4 years 31 weeks ago, 11:40 PM

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Youre not talking about the #1 monkey again are you ?

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4 years 31 weeks ago, 11:42 PM

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CharlesW, Damn, Can't get anything past you!

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4 years 31 weeks ago, 12:11 AM

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Mike I try to stay alert so I don't get
my ass shot off

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4 years 31 weeks ago, 12:14 AM

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Well I live in Kalifornia, so, you either get it shot off, or you it gets F_____d either way these days I lose. Obozo, Schwartzendipstick you know!

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Mike

Hey Guy I'm sorry you are stuck out there.
When I was working we didn't trust the stock market
and put every penny we could into buying land.
"Buy Land They Don't Make Any More of It"
Will Wilson

Now we have sold all but 13 acres which we
homesteaded.
Just eneough for me to have a 150 yard range
in my back yard

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4 years 31 weeks ago, 7:57 AM

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hell yes. thats what i want to do. although im tryin to get like 20/40/even 80. but im dirt poor. lol. there were 80ac in georgia for 100k. it even had a house on it. man i wish i had that money.

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