Originally Posted by mehawk
For your pleasure and enjoyment...
This was taken from a "Community Policing" question and answer via an e-mail forum in California.
The question was:
"I would like to know how it is possible for police officer to harass people and get away with it? And where can you go for help, other than a civil attorney?"
And the answer was:
When we can think of nothing else to do, there are books that give us
ideas for reasons to harass folks. They are called Codes, Penal, Vehicle, Health and Safety, Business and Professions... They each spell out all sorts of silly things for which we can really mess with people. After we study these code books, we can just drive around for a while until we find someone violating one of the listed offenses and heap on the harassment! Just last week I saw a guy smash several car windows right in front of me. Well, believe it or not, one of the code books says that is not allowed. That meant I automatically got to harass this guy...of course he didn't like it, because just when I got done harassing him, the jail deputies harassed him and that will likely continue until the judge harasses him, then he will probably be harassed by a probation officer for the next couple of years. It is a pretty cool system that we have set up, and it works very well most of the time. We seem to have a never ending supply of folks to harass, and we "get away with it" because the good citizens pay the tab for us to keep the streets safe for them...and your civil attorney.
Next time you are in my town, give me a "single finger wave". That is a secret signal that you wish for me to take a closer look at you, and maybe find a reason to harass you.
Couple things came to mind as I read this. You missed one thing and you will see why it came to me.
After the jail deputies harassed him and the judge harassed him. There were 12 people that recieved a special notice for the county to come in and harass him they are called the jury.
For a period of time I was a collector of employment taxes we also like to use codes to harass people they are called the taxation and revenue code, the unemployment insurance code, the government code, and the civil code of procedures etc. We collectors of taxes harass people because we are jealous that the police got to do all the harassing.