Rampant bullying during routine traffic stops is a real issue in the City of Chicago.

Last week NPR featured a story about a man fighting police bullying during routine traffic stops. I

15 Comments so far

  1. Penni (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 11:50 am

    I hope you win this case!!!! There was an article in the paper today about racial ticketing. The officials claim that the reason more minorities are ticketed is because there are more officers in high crime areas. Now, I don’t know what race you are, nor do I care, but the abuse you where subjected to is uncalled for. I want to know if the officer that pulled you over was writting a book? (Not a good thing to ask him @ the time though) One more thing. I live 100 miles away and know where Brookfield is. Obviously this particular officer doesn’t have children or if he does has never taken his children to one of the most wonderful zoos in America! Last word……Duh

  2. Alana (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 11:56 am

    I live in Pilsen, which is a predominantly Mexican neighborhood. AND had just pulled out of a street that has known drug activity.

    That just rang a bell!

    They probably saw me pull out of my boyfriend’s street and decided that they needed a reason to ping me.


  3. steven (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 11:57 am

    What an ass! And where’s Brookfield?!? Give me a break. I thought we were supposed to watch out for criminals, not idiotic raged-up cops who bully the ones they’re supposed to protect.

  4. Penni (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 12:54 pm


    Have or are you going to hire a lawyer? Race or area of a neighborhood should not be a factor when pulling someone over. I just can’t beleve all the questions he asked you. None of his D*** biz if you ask me. The questions should have stopped as soon as he saw your DL. address. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure that out. Or maybe we as a country need to hire surgeons. ( Or examain the heads of America’s finest) Hope you let us know the outcome of your case. Don’t give up.

  5. m2 (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 1:04 pm

    This is notwithstanding that officer’s horrible behavior, but if you live in the city and own a car, you need to have a city sticker. I also believe that it is illegal to live in one location and register the car that you own in another location. You’re essentially evading the taxes in the place that you live.

  6. Alana (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 1:46 pm

    I figured that would come up. I wasn’t going to put any more personal information on here than required for clarification. My divorce was very recently finalized. I only just got my new single-gal insurance, right to change my name, etc.

    It’s not illegal to “live” in one location and register the car in another. Up until very recently, that was my legal residence.

    These “taxes” are state assessed, so the difference between Brookfield and Chicago isn’t the issue. The city sticker (an assessed *fee*) is.


  7. EgoKitten (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 1:56 pm

    M2, you’re making a wrong assumption here. There are quite a few people who own or rent more than one place. That’s not illegal and certainly not about ‘evading taxes’ …

  8. EgoKitten (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 2:02 pm

    Alana, as far as I know, all you have to provide at a traffic stop is your license, registration, and proof of insurance. You don’t have to answer any of those questions about your destination or your relationship to other passengers riding with you.

    Also, you’re in a good position in terms of legal action. You have a witness, so it’s not just your word against his.

  9. m2 (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 2:12 pm

    I am not making any assumptions at all. Alana lives in the city, she said so. If you live in the city and own a car, you are required to buy a city sticker. It does not matter if you have 10 other homes around the world.

    As I said before, I am not excusing that officer’s horrible behavior.

  10. meade (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 2:32 pm

    I had same problems while on foot. Walking back home after picking up some mail at the post office. Usually walk in the alley, was stopped by 3 tac officers ( in one vehicle), amazing in a neighborhood – Montclare, that is relatively quiet.

    They wanted to know where i was coming from etc, why i was walking in the alley instead of the street, very aggressive. Asked them why it took 3 tactical cops to patrol on these streets, when a much “needier” ‘hood (Austin) was just a few blocks away.

    They got out of the patrol car and proceeded to frisk me and go thru my wallet and backpack. Ran my name thru the computer and looked extremely disapointed when nothing came up. Told me not to use alleys because of “recent burglary activity”. Told them they need a better excuse, since White cops have been using variations of this for 400 hundred years.

    Have a nice day.

  11. anon (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 2:55 pm

    Meade: In the future you don’t have to consent to any warrantless searches. Flexyourrights.org has a great page on what do do during a street stop. Also, a traffic stop.

    Police don’t have the right to rifle through your personal things without probable cause. It’s an abuse of power and violates your rights.

    Of couse, if I was alone in an alley with 3 officers, I’d fold… but it’s just good to be aware of your rights.

  12. Alana (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 2:59 pm

    Yeah, see that’s the thing. What can you do? If the cop respects your rights you wouldn’t be in the situation to begin with. And if you challenge them, well then *that* is when they get really ugly.

    So then what do you do?

  13. steven (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 3:21 pm

    The cop could always say “I had probable cause to act the way I did” and there’s not much we can do about it. And if there is, you certainly don’t feel that way at the time. Those moments are scary as hell, when you know something isn’t quite right, but are afraid to speak up because of the very real consequences that could occur if you do. Sometimes, they probably hold that over us. If I ever get stopped by a cop, my yes sir’s will be flyin’ all over the place.

    And to be fair, there are some quality officers out there.

  14. Alana (unregistered) on August 15th, 2005 @ 4:03 pm

    Oh man you’re not kidding. I’m a Texas girl, daughter of a cop and former judge. You don’t think those “Yes sir” responses were sincere? Oh boy they were! :) *And* I was smiling. Nicely. Not smartypantsy.

  15. 123 (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2005 @ 3:44 pm

    Chicago cops blows. They mismanged they budget so badly, that they rather issue tickets than catching the bad guys. They’ll try to get you on any little things. They target out-of-towners and minorities. Simply because they know they are less likely to fight it due to the time/language issue. It’s your words against theirs. You could argue all you want but you won’t win. Good luck Alana.

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