Harrassed by Police

I was driving in “my city” when I notice a cop driving behind me.  Then she pulls up next to me.  We are at a stop light.  She is in the turn lane and I am going straight.  Unfortunately my window is open.  She asks me my name.  Asks if I took care of “my warrant”. 

I had a warrant for arrest a while back because I let my registration lapse.  It turned into a big deal because I procrastinated on it but since then I am making payments on the big fine they gave me. 

She said it was still “attached” to my record.  What the heck does that mean?  And if there’s a warrant for my arrest, why didn’t she pull me over???  Hmmmmmm?

I know why.  Because she was from the city next door and she didn’t have the authority to pull me over.  I wasn’t in her city today so she was harrassing me, plain and simple.  I looked online to see if there’s a warrant for my address and there isn’t.  The police system she is using for looking things up is worse that what they have online?  I highly doubt it.

She either doesn’t like ugly old vans or she doesn’t like White people in ugly old vans. 

I am thinking of filing a formal complaint.  It’s scary for me to do that.  Will they harrass me less if I file a complaint or will they harrass me more?

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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6 Responses to Harrassed by Police

  1. B says:

    Waitaminnit … was she reminding you of it to harrass you … or was she trying to do you a favor by warning you that it was still on the record and you still need to deal with it? It can be easy to misread someone else’s intentions.

    • Maureen says:

      I have considered this.

      I can’t see why though, that a cop would follow me out of her jurisdiction (or whatever the word is) to help me.

      I’m going to report it and see what her sargeant thinks. I doubt he or she would approve of her crossing city boundaries (by at least 4 blocks) to help me but who knows?

      The cops around here are trying to keep the riff raff out. I get that but until they go after the folks who are not in this country legally, they should stop profiling my van.

  2. Ryu says:

    Yikes. It’s bad to be on the pigs’ radar these days. There are no coincidences with the police.

    You’ll have to plan out your next steps well. Once a cop get something in his craw, he is difficult to disentagle. You might consider driving on different, more inconvenient routes. The police are human and have human weaknesses.

    There are sites that give you information about cops. Ratemycop.com, copwatch, and others.

  3. A.Ralston says:

    Dear Maureen,

    I realize that the following suggestion is easier said than done and that it may be easier for me than it would be for you, given my material resources compared to yours. But I feel compelled to offer it anyway.

    Do not talk to the police. To the extent possible, avoid any contact with them. At the very least do not initiate interaction with them formally or informally. Do not file the complaint. Unless there is some other factor you haven’t mentioned, the risk as regards your small but precious measure of freedom and serenity would seem to outweigh any potential gain. Let it be.

    Even if you are as pure as the driven snow, there is always a reg, rule, or law somewhere in the books they can use to detain, harrass , or arrest you. I do not know your locale, but generally, the police and other law enforcement entities nationwide have become federalized, militarized, and feral, and, if you annoy them, they will simply lie, fabricate a law, or plant evidence to make their point.

    Do not poke the dragon. If you have a choice, take no part in police karma. Tend to your own dharma, which is to live your life, no matter how humble, with balance, dignity, wakefulnessas, and (perhaps in your case, as it is in mine) invisibility…leaving you free to pursue your highest calling as you perceive it, given your current circumstances and state of consciousness…part of which may be your blog.

    My 2 bits.

    • Maureen says:

      That sounds like excellent advice. Thank you. Time has passed…I’m not as mad about it anymore and I haven’t reported anything.

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