Sunday, February 23, 2014

Small towns are nations unto themselves

A lot of folks in the Prepper community fantasize about moving to small towns. They envision friendly neighbors waving and smiling, everyone knows everyone else, and it's one big happy family.

They have no clue.

Case in point. I get updates on Facebook from a page called Cop Block. Essentially it's about abusive cops and a legal system gone horribly wrong. Today one popped up regarding a small town not far from where I used to live. Thanks to video cams, more and more dirty or otherwise assholey cops are getting caught in the act, and in this particular video one gets caught searching a vehicle without asking, cause, or even letting the owner know he was doing it. Once caught, the cop naturally claimed he wasn't doing anything, but when you open a door and start poking around inside, it's a search no matter what you call it or how much you threaten to escalate.

The shenanigans continue later at the courthouse, when the DA and judge take an instant dislike to the victim (who is being a pain in the ass, though legally so). Audio recording overhears the Chief of Police telling them more than once he has no cause to arrest the guy for simply wanting to take his copy of the dash cam video home without letting the DA see it... the DA tried to claim he didn't want to ask for another copy.

In the end, the DA admits to the guy that small towns dance to their own war drums and what is law in big cities doesn't necessarily make the books in small towns. Cue gasps and shudders.