When this cop approached my car and initiated an altercation, I asked him if I got any complaints. He said that something with a shed happened a few weeks ago, so they are checking everybody out. I asked him if I could look at this report and see what exactly happened. He said that to get a report, it would cost me money. But, he also sounded like he wasn’t sure if this incident with the shed was actually reported though. He said a lot of times the information gets passed from officer to officer.
Ever hear of the telephone game? This cop was playing it with me and my freedom to sit in a church parking lot at 4am. He was passing along information that was not officially recorded, but from other officers. No one can verify that there was any incident with a shed, but it sounds believable enough, so they go with it:
I have heard time and time again how I haven’t generated any complaints for them to approach me. They just initiate the contact and make up a lie about how there was some kind of undocumented crime that happened in the past for the area.How am I supposed to trust these guys who engage in this frequent use of deceit to harass other people.
His other concern was that I am suspicious because the time was 4am and I was sitting in my car. You see, there are specific times that are more suspicious than others. What if I was sitting in my car at 4pm in the church parking lot? What level of suspicious behavior would I be at? It seems to me that if the time of the day is the determiner of suspicious activity, then that opens up a lot of other reasons to be suspicious about other people.