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Thursday, March 8, 2012

"Suspicious" pigmentation

For many years, I have repeatedly heard these sorts of calls come over my police scanner, the quote/unquote “suspicious person” calls, a close cousin to the “suspicious vehicle” calls.

What a waste of resources.

Being a scanner veteran, I can tell you with absolute certainty that the vast, vast majority of the “suspicious” calls come from members of the various and sundry crime watch organizations.

Family of Florida boy killed by Neighborhood Watch seeks arrest

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - The family of a 17-year-old African-American boy shot to death last month in his gated Florida community by a white Neighborhood Watch captain wants to see the captain arrested, the family's lawyer said on Wednesday.

Trayvon Martin was shot dead after he took a break from watching NBA All-Star game television coverage to walk 10 minutes to a convenience store to buy snacks including Skittles candy requested by his 13-year-old brother, Chad, the family's lawyer Ben Crump said.

As I alluded to, the dead giveaway…

As Trayvon returned to the townhome, Sanford police received a 911 call reporting a suspicious person.

Dispensing with the gooey niceties that political correctness affords us, the report of a “suspicious person” coming from a crime watch devotee usually amounts to little more than a vulnerable-feeling white person with a tin badge being distrustful of a person with a noticeably darker pigmentation.

As far as I’m concerned, nobody should request police assistance for anything that is far less than actionable. When the ATV flies down your street at a high rate of speed, recognize that it’ll be long gone before the police can arrive on scene. So why waste their time and efforts?

And if a black kid appears where black kids do not normally appear, that is not suspicious behavior except to the watchful eye of those who would excitedly assume the role of a self-appointed auxiliary police officer for lack of anything productive or meaningful to do.

Long circumlocution being cut short, being black does not equate with being suspicious. Rather, suspicious behavior alone should arouse your suspicions.

As I have been known to say, policing is best left to the police.

Not the yahoos from the neighborhood watch, the fu>king police!


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