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Travis Schultz
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Alright! So this should be a very fun thread to get down with. I am going to share a short story of some police trouble I have had, and I would love to hear from more of you some similar problems!

When I was 23, I was just starting to get my indoor garden set up in my trailer, in a crappy trailer park. I was 2 years away from finishing my mortgage and 2 years away from moving onto my new homestead (didn't know it even existed yet, click my rat race link in my signature to hear the story).

I was starved for space to garden and the park management would not let me put in anymore garden beds (they allowed 1 at least). I had set up 4 aquaponics systems with ten gallon tanks around my house for greens. But I wanted to turn my walk in closet to a grow room for more sun demanding plants like herbs and tomatoes, strawberries etc.

I figured down the road I would be able to use all the grow room equipment in my greenhouse for starting seeds on the homestead so it wasnt a complete waste of money. The day I picked up my order from the local organic garden center, I filled the bed of my truck up with all the equipment. Pulled out and stopped at a light, the light turned green, the car in front of me started to move, and I decided to use that moment to look to the gas station to my left right as I started accelerating. Well the car in front of me stopped abruptly and I smashed into them... TOTALLY MY FAULT... That cities police dept eventually arrived, and it didnt take more than a few minutes before he asked me to step out of the car. Him looking in the truck bed could obviously put the pieces together and must have assumed this young punk is growing weed. So 2 hours later after there are no drugs recovered from my car, after a sobriety test, and after being berated by several cops they eventually gave up searching my truck, and opening and breaking all the lights in the fixtures. At that point I was handed 3 very stiff tickets that added 5 points to my license, totaling some $600. That along with the enormous increase in insurance broke me. But I couldnt return the majority of the stuff I bought because they damaged all of it...

So since then I have made sure to stay 2 car lengths behind the car in front of me and I try to drive like my grandma. But that winter in the grow room I learned organic theory, how it all works, and by spring I was able to do some amazing organic thing in my outdoor garden. If it wasn't for those cops damaging my stuff, I would have returned it, if I had organics and natural farming may never have clicked in my head, at least not for a couple more years. If I hadn't had that jumpstart over the winter, I would have never had the balls to put flyers out and find free land to grow on.

At least I am trying to make something good out of it! Still wish I had just been paying attention and not brainlessly tailgating the car in front of me...

Alright lets here some good stories guys and gals!
 
Dale Hodgins
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In 1992, a serial killer and rapist plagued my home town of St. Catherines Ontario. I was profiled and experienced several police visits, always under the guise that they were investigating a theft. I eventually told them that I would no longer talk to them voluntary, and I suggested a polygraph. A few days later, I took the polygraph. There were questions about theft, but also questions about dead girls. This was quite distressing. They caught the guy a short time later and I never heard from the two cops again. The next year, I left the city for good.

I met another guy my age, who was profiled. It didn't go nearly that far with him.

After the polygraph, when I asked the cops why they were stuck on me, I was told that my story didn't change during several hours and numerous visits. This isn't normal. They also said that the job that I worked at, did not match my intelligence, I was divorced and my tone of voice and demeanor were too calm under the circumstances.
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In 89 or 90, my ex-wife was robbed. $700 was taken from a hiding place in the China cabinet. The police told her that it was me, or that it really was unlikely to be anyone else. It didn't matter that I gave her the money. A few months later, it was discovered that the son of the building's superintendent had been tapping into phones throughout the building and stealing from tenants. He had a master key. His listening intensified shortly before rents were due. My ex-wife had told her father over the phone, where the money was.
 
Travis Schultz
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Damn, Dale! That gave me goosebumps reading that! I dont know about in Canada (sure its not much different) but I am always afraid of some terrible wrongful conviction and I end up in prison for something I didnt do...

Have you seen the show "making of a murderer"? The first season aired in US recently, its on netflix, and it is all about the police framing a guy who is still in prison today... I am sure it happens literally everywhere in all corners of the globe. Even with DNA and forensic evidence, its still very easy for a human to mess up a dna test, they are incredibly sensitive. I believe if the human wants a specific answer, they are going to find it.
 
Dale Hodgins
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We need police, but I see them as a necessary evil. No one is in a better position to abuse power and to be a very successful criminal.
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My brother had his own cop. I sold my brother a canoe. I could easily prove its origin. A different canoe was reported stolen and the owners reported seeing it on the roof of a truck that matched my brother's. The cop became fixated and continued to harass my brother, long after it was clear that he had nothing to do with the missing canoe. He didn't want to accept that the world contained more than one green canoe. The stolen one was fiberglass. The one we had was glass over wood.

The cop was transferred after it was found that he was behind several tickets and vehicle inspection orders issued to my brother in the following months.
 
Travis Schultz
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Seems to me its sort of based on the idea that the detective or officer "knows" someone did something wrong, but because they can't prove it legally, they manipulate the evidence, or they try to arrest them for a different crime so they can get them off the street and from hurting others. Its all based around them KNOWING someone did something wrong but not being able to prove it. Its just classic human behavior. Like I mentioned before, human will find the answer to prove they are right. Few people have transcended enough to look for the truth rather than what they want to find.

This also falls into Observational studies...
 
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