When my license plates were stolen in December - my car was parked in the North Las Vegas Courthouse parking lot. When I reported it, it was like I was asking these civil servants to go into labor. The whining I got was UNBELIEVABLE! I was encouraged to take my complaint to the jurisdiction where I lived and ordered to go to the DMV to get new plates. When I checked on the status of my case I was not so politely told they have far more important things to do than to follow up on a stolen plate.
I urged them to go to the surveillance cam at the courthouse but I was shown the hand. Instead, I went myself to speak to the NLV Marshal boss (the Marshals are in charge of the surveillance). I was told by that Marshal, that he'd look into it. He called me a couple hours later to say that the cam facing where my car was, was not working. I thought, Great!
In the meantime, my son got robbed at gunpoint - likely by someone driving a car with stolen plates. My son saw a group of LVMPD officers finishing up a fender-bender and he reported the crime. He said, "Over there - they went that way" and he identified the car and the people in it. My son was all stressed with the normal adrenaline that flows when you go into fight or flight mode right when you get violated. An officer said, "I thought you said one of the suspects was in the front passenger seat?" My son said, "I didn't say that, I said he was a passenger. I didn't say it, but he was in the BACK seat. My son pointed to the officer's car to describe where exactly one of the suspects was.
Here are a few things a GOOD officer might have said,
- Okay, I understand now.
- Maybe I misunderstood or you mistakenly said it wrong.
- Got it!
Instead this is what my son said the officer did say:
"DON'T POINT AT MY CAR. I DON'T LIKE IT WHEN PEOPLE POINT AT MY CAR."
First off, what gall to declare the car he was driving on the job as "his" car. The car belongs to we the taxpayer people!
Secondly, my son was treated like he was a criminal instead of a victim - answering questions like,
- What are you doing out after 10 pm?
- Why did you have so much money on you?
I compare it to the rape victim that gets blamed for looking good. WTF?
If more law-abiding people openly carried a handgun (the way law enforcement officers do) we'd need fewer cops. I doubt seriously that if my son had been openly carrying, anyone would have dared to rob him at gunpoint. Criminals almost always attack lower hanging fruit.
I'm starting to see more and more similarities between cops and criminals. Too bad, cause wouldn't it be great to go back to the days of Mayberry RFD?
What are YOUR thoughts on the issue of more or less cops?