6 9 2 R E LSubmitted by Chris Caducky on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 06:14
Okay - here's what happened:
Technical details - Officer name T. Denney #524
Incident date 11-05-13 2:02 AM
Date issued 11/06/13 (?)
Charge: Ordinance 29.402 Bicycle equipment violation Bond amount $88.80
Non-mandatory appearance 12-17-13 8:30 AM (ugh)
Plea: Not Guilty (of course!)
At approximately 2 am this morning I was heading to my friend's house after a successful evening of selling my home-made candles at the bars on Green Bay's east side. I was going south on Baird street on my bicycle past GB East High School. I saw a car sitting in the long student drop-off area that runs parallel with the road. I figured it was an unmarked cop.
Another regular car pulled into the driveway/dropoff area and approached the first car. Now I think I'm about to see a drug deal. Instead, the second car starts flashing blue and red. I'm now past the driveway. I stop and watch as the first car pulls out of the driveway and pulls over on the street as the cop pulls up behind him.
I turn my bicycle around and pedal back behind the vehicles. I set my backpack down and pull out a pen and notepad to write down the license plate number of the unmarked police car. The cop asks me what I'm doing and I tell him. He says 'get out of the road!' so I grab my backpack and get on the sidewalk. He says 'show me some ID!' I say 'Yeah - right' and take off towards my friends house 2 blocks away.
As I approach his house I sense headlights and figure it's the unmarked cop following me. I ride up to where I usually lock up my bike, toss my 'glass piece' into the bushes, and turn around to see a different, marked cop car shining its spotlight at me. I raise my arms and shout 'Is there something going on, officer?'
He says 'come over here please.' I say 'Am I under arrest or am I free to go?' He says 'you're not under arrest yet.' I say 'What's the charge, officer?' He says 'Well so far I've got you on vagrancy(?). Do you know someone who lives here?' I say 'yes, my friend. 'What's his name?' I don't think I have to tell you that. Am I under arrest or am I free to go?' He says 'with that attitude I am going to detain you. Put your hands behind your back.' Then he cuffs me and gives me a very slight non-invasive patdown (didn't even notice the harmonica belt!) for weapons - never going in my pockets or even looking in my backpack. I am placed in the back of the police car and watch through the mucus-covered plexiglass divider as he runs my ID (no warrants!)
(At some point during the prior exchange he asked me if I'd been drinking and I say yes, but not much, I'm ok to drive a car.)
He asks me if my friend is home and I say no, his bicycle isn't there. He then goes up to his door and knocks on it, shines his light around the back yard a couple times, then wakes up the downstairs neighbor and talks to them. Then he goes to my bike and turns it upside-down to look for a registration sticker (there isn't one). He comes back and starts paging through my rap sheet while talking to hq and asking what he should do. He is clearly confused as to what is going on and why he is wasting time on some dude on a bike. Another cop car drives up for reinforcement but he waves them off.
The officer says on his radio 'what should I charge him for?' He ends up writing me a ticket for 'equipment violation - no headlight.' As he does this I have gotten my phone out of my pocket and called my roommate to tell them I'm running a little late.
He asks me 'why did you write down the license plate number of that unmarked car?' I reply that I am part of a citizen task force fighting police corruption. Pretty standard - just doing my job. He then uncuffs me and hands me my nice printed ticket (that's new - the last one was handwritten - great for personality assessment). He tries to explain that it is not a mandatory appearance and I cut him off and say that I will go to trial, I always do.
He says 'Okay, have a good night!' I reply by telling him that the new world order system he serves will eat him and his children. He says 'that's great.' I reply 'no it isn't - look up Alex Jones and infowars.com. I'm serious. Do it.'
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. The following is my initial write-up from last night. Watch for updates if you're interested - sorry but this s is hard to think about cause it's so frickin' crazy and dumb.
This was the license plate number of an unmarked police vehicle I witnessed pulling over somebody for who knows what reason.
Two blocks later I was pulled over on my bicycle and arrested for the charge of not having a headlight on my bicycle and by the way - why did you write down that unmarked police car license plate number?
"I'm a member of the citizen task force."
"Ok - here's your ticket. Your court date is..."
"Don't worry. I'm taking it to trial. I always do. The new world order will eat you and your children."
"I'm not kidding."
"I was being sarcastic."
"I wasn't. Thanks, officer."