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  •  Mnay years ago (16+ / 0-)

    I actually had a real life experience like this that opened my eyes.  Many years ago, I was living in a small town (county seat) with my wife.  She returned from walking the dog late one night to tell me that there were a couple of guys out back trying to get into a car.  I asked her what she thought - was it their car?  She said she didn't know but probably.  I look out and I see 2 guys struggling at a window and figured that they locked themselves out.  So I call the police and explain there were a couple of guys who were locked out of their car and probably could use some help getting in - my experience growing up was that the cops would get out a jimmy and pop the lock for you.  Within a few minutes there were 3 cop cars and the two guys were getting harassed (can't remember if the cops cuffed them).  

    My neighbors later told me next time, if the guys were black, don't call the cops because the cops "hated" blacks and would assume they were committing a crime.  

    It still boggles my mind - it would be rather easy to ascertain whether they were committing a crime - one they'd probably take off and two once you get the car open look for proof of ownership etc.  

    "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

    by newfie on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 08:56:40 AM PDT

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