Recently my inlaws in Philly were the victems of a crime. During the night someone jacked up their car, stole the tires and rims, and left the car sitting on top of plastic soda crates. During the process the thieves apparently dropped the front end of the car directly on the ground.
So far the damage is up to several thousand dollars just for tires and rims. It was a newer model car with the tires that detect when they are low, and inflate and deflate themselves a little based on road conditions. The assessors have not even gotten to any body, or engine damage due to it being dropped.
My inlaws called the police who came and took a report. They informed my inlaws that 4 other cars in the area had suffered the same fate. There were large handprints on each of the doors, and the thieves had handled the plastic soda crates, and lug nuts which they left at the scene. The police refused to take any prints, claiming that anyone who walked by could have touched those things, and any prints would be thrown out as inadmissable by the courts.
Really? Now I’m no detective, but I’m thinking that it’s unlikely anyone just walkng by would suddenly be possessed of a desire to touch plastic soda crates with a car sitting on them, lug nuts sitting in the street, and the doors of a jacked up car. I’m also thinking that no one but the thieves and the police would visit all of the crime scenes.
So if they had lifted prints, and found some that matched between the doors, crates and lug nuts, and were present at 5 total crime scenes and didn’t belong to the cops themselves, then the thieves would be the only people they could belong to. At that point running those prints against the NCIC would probably cough up a name, since the person or persons probably have a record.
But no, they took a report, filed it, and forgot about it. Meanwhile my inlaws are out time, money, and inconvenience. Yes, they have insurance. But it’s still going to cost them.
For many years my inlaws and other neighbors tried to tell the cops about a couple of drug dealers living on the block. For years the cops ignored it, and made excuses, and did nothing. Then a couple of years ago one of the drug dealer’s houses caught fire due to faulty lighting in his basement grow operation. 2 firefighters were killed in that famous incident that was big news in Philly and PA. No one in the lame stream media bothered to report that residents of the block had been telling the cops about the dealers for about a decade.
I know from personal experience as an open carrier that cops often try to enforce laws that don’t even exist. They also like to try to quote laws that don’t exist. They like to use the publics general fear of, and respect for the uniform to get compliance with what they want, though they are wrong.
We know that local municipalities try to violate state law with illegal gun laws. Sometimes when confronted and called it they still try to continue. We know sherrifs throughout the state disseminate incorrect information on gun laws which could get people in serious trouble if they follow what the sheriff said instead of the real law.
So cops aren’t enforcing the actual law, and are trying to make up law, and are trying to enforce laws that don’t exist, and are abusing their authority, and aren’t protecting the law abiding citizens or their property.
And you wonder why I’m an anarchist and carry a gun? you wonder why open carriers say “Don’t talk to the police!” You wonder why “Don’t Snitch!” t-shirts are big sellers in Philly?
Note to self: keep an eye out for t-shirt vendors next time I’m in Philly. A “Don’t Snitch!” t-shirt would be perfect to wear to an OC event.