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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Ask for directions, get arrested
(Disclaimer: This blog is mainly a rant about how ridiculous the world is.)

If you've ever wondered just what N.W.A. were talking about they said "F*** the police", here is the real-world example of "protect and serve" you've been waiting for. Apparently asking the Baltimore cops for directions is a bad idea; it can get you arrested and thrown in jail for 8 hours. No joke. Presumably major crime in Baltimore has ceased, since officer Natalie Preston, a six-year "veteran" of the farce (er, "force"), saw fit to haul in two kids who had the audacity to be unable to find their way home from Camden Yards instead of protecting the city from murderers, rapists, and theives. Baltimore police are "looking into the incident", which I imagine will include scrounging some cash from the city coffers to settle the lawsuit that is surely coming, and will hopefully also involve years of desk duty for this woman who clearly has a thing or two to learn about "protect and serve".

On the bright side, Ms. Preston has the singular distinction of taking home a little bit of Guantanamo and putting it in the middle of a major American city. George Orwell would be so proud.
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posted by Ataru Atlanta at 5/18/2006 11:57:00 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems pretty outrageous, but my guess is that it made the news because they are a white couple. A rare flip side of DWB (Driving While Black), a daily humiliation for many. The report did mention that they'd run a stop sign so the police did have at least some justification for wondering if something else was going on. Bonfire of the Vanities?

5/19/2006 09:36:00 AM  

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