This is NOT Fighting Crime
By Andrew Richter
Another holiday weekend, and another weekend of police departments targeting average citizens. You think that statement is extreme? Police all over Minnesota announce on holiday weekends that they have “extra enforcement” and Memorial Day weekend I saw it firsthand.
I live at my friend’s house in northern Crystal and my part-time job is in Anoka. I worked Sunday May 24 at 5 PM. It’s an easy eight mile drive to work, mostly along highway 169. On my there on a sunny Sunday afternoon I saw (and yes I counted them) nine police cars! Nine police cars from Crystal to Anoka on a Sunday at 4:30 in the afternoon? When I was done with work around 11PM I saw six more on the way home. That’s a total of 15 police cars to and from work! Seriously? What’s going on?
Folks, this is not about fighting crime. The police know that people are heading home from the cabin or where ever and they make easy targets. The police aren’t working to keep us safe, they trying to nail somebody for driving five miles and hour over the speed limit, or for not wearing their seat belt, or for having a busted tail light, or sticking their bare ass out the window, I don’t know. And what do you want to bet that the local Barney Fife that hands out the most tickets get some award or recognition for “keeping us safe?”
My question is; where is the outrage at this? Why is it OK for the police to basically announce that they are going to target people driving home on a holiday weekend? Why don’t they go out and catch real criminals?
Now, I don’t mean this to be an anti-police rant. The fault is not that of the individual officers, they are just doing what they are told to do. This is the fault of policy makers who sanction this campaign or turn the other cheek. This needs to stop. We need constitutional sheriffs and we need city managers to direct police chiefs not to participate in this campaign against holiday travelers. City managers need to be held accountable by their city councils.
Let people enjoy their vacations!