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  •  Free to Punish Any Opposition (3+ / 0-)

    Several years back some miscreant had the chutzpah to steal one of the light fittings off my car which I had parked in a residential area of central Queens.  In order to make an insurance claim, I had to file a theft complaint with the local precinct.  The officer taking the information clearly was not interested in my effort to report a crime in the precinct and did try to dissuade me from filing the report.  I should have been a little more wary than I was when he asked where my vehicle was parked so that a patrol car could confirm my claim.  

    Damned, if I didn't find a vehicle violation stuffed under my windshield wiper the next day for a missing "turn signal" on my car, because the stolen part was a light fixture.  Since I needed to stay in the neighborhood for a few days, I found another stuck on the car about 2-3 days later.  They really did not want me reporting that a crime had been reported and they were exacting retribution in their own inimitable way.  Too bad most of the NYPD are stupider than dirt, because they wrote the citation up as a missing "turn signal" when the missing part was actually a parking light, which is not a required part on a NYS automobile.  It cost me two copies and a stamp to contest the citations, which the judge promptly deep-sixed.  The NYPD are vindictive when they want to be and dissing them is the quickest way to get there.  

    "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

    by PrahaPartizan on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 05:31:14 PM PDT

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    •  The police are supposed to be our (5+ / 0-)

      friends and neighbors protecting their own community.

      Now they are occupying forces and treat the citizens as if they are all shit.

      Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 05:35:46 PM PDT

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      •  Not Our Neighbors (3+ / 0-)

        The NYPD's allowing its officers to reside outside NYC contributes to this problem.  Actually, it applies to all of the uniformed services in NYC.  Most of the other government employment positions actually require that the worker reside in NYC, or have some outrageous reason why they don't.  The police and fire departments have used their clout to negotiate waivers to this requirement.  It does not help with the neighborhood policing policies the NYPD advocates when much of the force drives into the city every day to start work and leaves the city's problems at the end of the day to return to their homes, where they moved after they started on the NYPD.  Too many of them just don't care, as evidenced by a cop I saw unwrap a pack of cigarettes one day as he climbed back into his cruiser and dump the cellophane on the street.  Good example for quality of life issues.  You dare not mention anything to them because they will exact retribution - and they're armed!

        "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

        by PrahaPartizan on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 06:11:13 PM PDT

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        •  Same in most communities. (2+ / 0-)
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          PrahaPartizan, Dirtandiron

          It would not be so bad if they did not socially isolate themselves into their own little cliques too. They even have teams and other parallel social activities so they do not have to mingle with us commoners and actually sympathize with us.

          Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

          by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 06:17:44 PM PDT

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