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2002 09 16 spiny plant
I don’t know what kind of plant this is. It’s spiny, obviously, and they can grow very tall, which usually causes them to fall over. And then when they fall over, they re-root at the new place where they touch the ground.
I had just snapped this picture when a cop pulled up in his cruiser and started asking me questions about what I was doing. The interaction annoyed the hell out of me and I wrote most of it down while the cop was talking to the station.
"Hey man, what are you doing?"
He asked for my ID. I knew about the Terry stop case and thought it didn’t look good for the man going to the Supreme Court saying he didn’t have to give an ID, so I gave him my ID. He asks again what I’m doing.
"Taking pictures, as I told you and as the camera around my neck would indicate."
"How do I know you’re taking pictures?"
I give him a bright look that says Hi! You might be an idiot.
"You might be robbing houses," he says.
"On my bike?"
"Yes, on your bike. It would be a great cover. You could put things in that bag."
"In this bag?" (indicating my camera bag, which is maybe big enough to hold a half dozen oranges).
"Yes, in that bag." Getting pissed.
He goes back to looking at the license.
"Is this your current address?"
"No." I’d moved a few years earlier.
"What’s your current address?"
"Why do you need to know that?"
Looks taken aback. "You don’t want to tell me?"
"No, I don’t want to tell you."
"Where were you born?"
I give a blank look.
"In the United States?"
"Why do you think that is any of your business?"
"What’s your phone number?"
"That’s none of your business."
"What’s your social?"
"That’s none of your business."
"What have you got to hide?"
"Nothing; I’m just privacy-minded."
"How old are you?"
"Figure it out, it’s on the license."
"What do you weigh?"
I give him an odd look.
"You don’t want to tell me what you weigh?"
"Am I required to?"
"In an ongoing criminal investigation, you are."
"Is this an ongoing criminal investigation?"
"You’re turning it into one."
"How am I turning it into one?"
"You’re acting suspiciously."
"How am I acting suspiciously?"
"You’re not answering my questions."
"You just told me I didn’t have to."
He gets flustered and goes to his car to call the station. He’s talking a long time, trying to get in touch with a sergeant. I hear parts of his conversation: "No, it was busy. Any other sergeants around? …" a string of numerical codes, 1054 something…. "Taking pictures…. Of a plant…. Of a plant…. No…. No…. No."
Sitting there, I think "Damn, I hope he’s not going to ‘ask’ me to go downtown; I’m hungry as hell."
He comes back, more bullshit ensues, finally I ask "Look, am I under arrest?"
"Then can I have my license back?"
"No, I’m going to write you a ticket for having an out-of-date address and for not cooperating."
"Well then write the ticket already. Let’s get on with it."
He tries not to laugh, then goes back to trying to get more information from me. He stands staring awhile at the ticket form. Then he hands me back my license without writing one.
"Is that it?" I ask.
"May I continue taking pictures?"
"Just stay off people’s property and mind the traffic laws on your bike."
Yes, I’ve become less privacy-minded since then but no, nothing has happened to make me more inclined to trust the police.
By Random McRandomhead on 2002-09-16 11:14:25