After being harassed by police 5 times in 2.5 months, with the last 2 instances happening back-to-back, I’ve decided to take note of every officer’s name and description, along with any other information I can gather while being blatantly profiled while living in my car in socal.
October 7th, 2010 – Thursday – 10:15pm
A patrol car slowly enters my gym’s parking lot while making it obvious he’s looking for someone to harass. My car is parked in front of the gym about 8 parking spots away from the front door. The cop notices me sitting in the driver’s seat, while I am simply listening to the radio minding my own business. He slowly rolls around my car, and stops. Annoyed, I hurl my car door open immediately.
The cop asks me what I’m doing, I said sitting in my car (apparently they do not teach common sense in the academy). After spending 10-15 minutes answering the most stupidest questions, having the bored cop run my name and drives license showing I have no record whatsoever, asking me multiple times if I have or plan on ‘experimenting’ with drugs, the bored cop leaves me alone.
October 17th, 2010 – Wednesday – 11:12am
I am sitting in my car after just waking up about 15 minutes prior, looking out ahead of me minding my business, and listening to the radio. I get surprised by a cop walking up to my driver’s side window, asking me what I’m doing. I state the obvious, “sitting my car, why?”. To speed things along, I get out my license and say “run me, I got nothing on my record.” I am clearly giving the cop attitude because there is no reason to bother someone sitting in their car in front of a gym they belong to at 11 o’clock in the morning!
Before leaving me alone, the cop tells me as “as long as you cooperate, I will be on my way a lot sooner”. I ask her, “why do I look suspicious?” Cop replies, without answering my damn question, “there’s been a number of car vandals in this parking lot so we’re checking everyone.” Oh, ok – yet she didn’t check anyone before or after checking me. Cool, makes sense!
October 27th, 2010 – Wednesday – 11:30pm
Kendoll and I are driving to meet a friend of his. We’re in a pretty nice area, driving my car which is not the nicest looking one on the block. There’s a patrol car slowly driving behind us in the left lane, and passes us. Seconds later, they put on their brakes, and drive up behind us, and here come the sirens. Kendoll and I are like “wow, what could possibly be the reason for this?”. They pass us, then decide to slow down allowing us to pass them, and get behind us to pull us over?
When Kendoll pulls over, one of the cops come to the driver’s side and asks us …well I forget, but who cares? I do remember asking the cop why we were pulled over, and he said one of my taillights was out. I said dang, that sucks, thanks! So the stupid lying ass cop asks for both our IDs, and runs us. While he does this, I notice on my side there’s another cop standing on my side of the car, looking at me with a stupid rookie smile. I’m like WTF? Why is this creepy rookie cop standing next to me, staring at me? Do I look like a gang member? If so I guess they are finally evolving. After the cops are finished wasting our valuable time, we roll to the friend’s house. I get out of my car, check my tail lights, and see 2 perfectly working tail lights. Why are cops so damn bored? Isn’t there rapist and murderers they can harass?
November 10th, 2010 – Wednesday – 11:00pm
I am sitting in my car in my usual spot where I go to sleep at night, texting on my phone. I notice a patrol car slowly creeping back and forth through the parking lot. Hopefully he’s looking for a murderer right? I mean that’s why we pay their salaries right? To catch bad guys? After a couple minutes, he creeps in front of my car, but slowly passes. Then he stops, and slowly reverses and stops in front of my car. I’m expecting him to get out and harass me like all the others, but no, this guy shines his intensely bright spotlight directly on my face. The stupid cop is right in front of me, he can’t see me with his two eyes? And he wasn’t using the spotlight anywhere else, so why throw it on me when I’m just sitting in my damn car, while there’s 2 dozen other cars to look at? After about 30 seconds of the hot light on my face, and me making an obvious face that I cannot see a damn thing and am impatiently waiting for him to move along, the stupid cop finally turns off the spotlight and creeps on.
November 11th, 2010 – Thursday – 10:13am
Yes, the very next day, I’m harassed by yet another cop. And again, in front of my gym, parked next to dozens of other cars. I am in no way an obvious target, I was picked out. I was profiled.
Cop stops behind my car, and asks me what I am doing. Apparently this is always the first question they teach these guys in the academy. Screw the obvious, let’s ask stupid questions instead, shall we? I quickly reply to the cop “dang, I’m just sitting in my car making a phone call, why?”. Seconds before the cop decided to harass me, I had dialed a client’s number, and now I am being forced to hang up, making me look like an idiot to the client. Cop says “there have been car burglaries in this area, and I noticed you just sitting in your car”. LOL man, in socal, sitting in your damn car is illegal apparently, because seriously everytime these SOBs bother me I am simply sitting in my car.
I tell the cop, I belong to this gym, I just got here, decided to make a phone call before going inside. Cops says “you’re going in the gym wearing that?”. Wow, now I have to explain my attire to this woman. I said “no, I just got here, my bag is in the trunk”. Finally the cop leaves, and I am just lauhging out loud now. Cops are making me feel worried to sit in my car for more than 5 minutes in front of my own gym before going in. I thought these guys were supposed to stop crime? How is a white single male sitting in his car talking on the phone while sitting in front of a gym a suspicious person? Mooch is being profiled, and it’s time everyone else knows about it. Now I know how my boy E.E. feels…he’s a black male same age as me, and gets harassed by cops for simply walking down the damn street!
January 27th, 2011 – Thursday – 10:14pm
I am sitting in my car on the side of the road, parked right outside a large apartment complex. I am minding my own business, fondling through my phone to help pass the time, when I see a silver Ford Five Hundred park in my left-side blindspot. I saw this same vehicle just moments earlier driving towards me, only to turn around right in front of me.
I see two people get out of the car, leaving their lights on. Immediately I have a bright flashlight in my face, before I can make out who is approaching me. I don’t realize it’s a uniformed cop until he asks me what I’m doing, and finally lowers the flashlight a tad, allowing me to make his face. I replied, “nothing…why, what’s up?”. He noticed the patches on my jacket and asks if I’m working. I tell him, “yes, would you like me to show you some kind of proof?” Cop answers, “no, I’ve seen you around here before. Have a good night.” LOL man oh man…I love it!
May 5th, 2011 – Thursday – 2:10am
After work I drove about 2 miles to my gym to workout, shower, shampoo and shine. Afterwards, while driving to my parking spot at the local Walmart, I decide to pull into the Del Taco drive-thru for a couple small green bean burritos. 2 for $1.06, cheap and filling! But while turning into the parking lot, a cop turns on his lights behind me.
I park the Mooch Mobile right in front of the Dollar Bill store, smile and wait. The cop comes up to me and asks how I’m doing…love when they do that. I said, “fine, what’s up?”. Cop says he pulled me over because…this is where he mumbles out his bullshit line…”we’re looking for a vehicle description similar to yours in the area.”. He then asks for my license and insurance, so I gave him both cards. He asked if I live in the area, I said yea but I live in my car. He then asks me to pop my trunk (first time I have ever been asked this) so I oblige and open it up. He looks inside for about 10 seconds, don’t think he touched anything, then closed it. About 4 minutes later he returns my cards and wishes me a good night.
So there you have it, proof any cop can and will pull anyone over regardless of legitimate reason or not. Whether the cop was actually looking for a similar vehicle to mine, it’s a general excuse giving them the power to pull anyone over at anytime. This is why I act like an asshole towards cops – intentionally. At any time, they can destroy my entire life by arresting me, framing me, or kicking my ass just because they’re having a bad day. You’ve been warned.
May 24th, 2011 – Tuesday – 1:25pm
I get handcuffed and threatened this time. Read full article here.
November 6th, 2011 – Sunday – 1:04am
I just got off work, and after the first turn off the property I’m pulled over. This guy was awesome. He said he pulled me over because it looked like one of my head lights was going out. LOL wow man. After running my info and wasting about 20 minutes of my time, he comes over and finally finds something to tag me with – my address on my driver’s license was not accurate as it still had my northern California address on it. The cop asks me how long I had lived down here and I tell him just over a year. So he writes me a fix-it ticket making me go down to the DMV and update my address, then pay $25 to the courthouse as a processing fee. I didn’t tell the cop I was homeless, because I was in uniform and just left my post. I knew I may see this guy again, and don’t need him telling anyone my circumstances. So I gave the DMV my friend’s address instead.
December 16th, 2011 – Friday – 1:14am
After getting off work I went to get gas at 7-11. Yea man, I guess 7-11 sells gas too!! As soon as I roll out of the station I get pulled over by the county sheriff. He tells me he pulled me over because of my front tinted windows. I play stupid and pretend I had no idea it was illegal, he then notices I’m still in my security uniform and lets me off with a warning.
January 22nd, 2012 – Sunday – 8:00pm
A couple months ago I befriended a single homeless mother with 2 daughters in Los Angeles. Over the few months they were in town, I helped get them a hotel room and visited them as often as my schedule would allow to help bring normalcy back into their lives. I took them to dinner and movies a few times, and during one of those nights, I’m pulled over by a cop.
His reason for pulling me over was that my brights were on and my front windows were tinted. I didn’t know having my brights on was illegal. LOL I apologize for not knowing every law in the book, and explain that only a couple weeks earlier I was pulled over by the sheriff who informed me of the window tinting laws. I tell the cop I was still in uniform at the time so the sheriff let me off with a warning. The cop asks, “oh, what branch are you in?” I tell him I work security. I guess my uniform saved me from another ticket? Finally the bored cop leaves, and as I’m already pulled into the parking lot of The Elephant Bar where I was taking the girls out to dinner, we all get out and walk inside for a bite to eat before the movie starts.
February 15th, 2012 – Wednesday – 8:34pm
While driving a friend to his girlfriend’s house I get pulled over by an unmarked vehicle. When both cops approach my car, I can tell they are Vice by their blue jeans and tactical vests. While one officer runs my info I watch while the other cop bullshits with my friend in the passenger seat. It’s a good idea to keep them engaged in a conversation sometimes to detract from the situation, and to remind them that we too are regular people. Turns out the reason they pulled me over was for my tinted windows. They let me go with a warning just as the others have. It’s my opinion that cops will most likely never give you a fix-it ticket for tinted windows, as it’s a great excuse for them to pull you over.
March 6th, 2012 – Tuesday – 2:00am
While driving my friend Pauly home from work at about 2 in the morning, I get pulled over exactly 1 block from his house. LAPD Officers Kott & Pintado (spelling?) waste at least 20 minutes of our time in the freezing cold questioning us on my tinted windows, a bogus claim that my insurance is expired (which they have no way of checking even if that was true), then your boy Pintado shines a light on both of us saying, “you know I don’t care if you guys were blazing, but I can see your eyes are really dilated.” I replied, “what? we don’t do drugs at all, what are you talking about?” Pauly tells Pintado that he’s never been told his eyes were dilated, but that it may be because it’s 2am and he’s exhausted from work.
I elaborate further about the incident and the ticket they give me here:
March 13th, 2012 – Tuesday – 12:30am
Same cop, same street, I’m harassed by LAPD Officer Pintado again after dropping off my friend after midnight. At the street light before getting onto the 405 freeway, Pintado pulls up next to me at the red light. Both of us have our windows down, and your boy looks at me and smiles, and I smile back. We exchange words, which I describe in the below video. Will this guy arrest me?
September 12th, 2012 – Wednesday – 2:00am
Last night I went to the gym after leaving the office a little past midnight. I did some cardio; bike and abs then bike and abs again, took a shower, got pretty and left. On my way home to my Walmart parking spot I stopped at Del Taco for a couple small green burritos and a large ice water – my usual routine of fiber and protein for only $1.62.
Nearing the corner of the Walmart parking lot, I take a right-hand turn, and this is where I get lit up. So I make ita point to pull over immediately so I can get this over with. I’m approached by two cops on each side of the Mooch Mobile with flashlights looking through my car. I have my front windows down (purposely so I do not get pulled over for having tinted windows) and I await to hear why I’m getting stopped.
A 30ish white male cop with a closely shaved head approaches my window and asks for my license and registration. I show him both and ask him why he pulled me over. His response is “I’ll let you know as soon as I find out who you are.” LOL alrighty then. He asks if I have any drugs or weapons or anything illegal on me, I reply “no sir”. He then asks if I’ve been on parole, probation or been arrested, I reply “no sir”. Then your boy says, “really? your name sounds familiar.” I said, “is that right? It’s not a common name, look me up.”
Finally the cop tells me he pulled me over because my backseat taillight (the one inside my car above my backseat) is out. So I say, “oh, ok thanks, I didn’t know.” He continues, “that’s alright, that’s alright. Where are you headed?”
“Um, I’m going up to Walmart, that’s where I stay.”
“Oh, that’s alright. Where are you coming from?”
“I went to Del Taco after going to the gym.”
“Oh, wha’ts at the gym? Shower?”
After the cop checks me out he lets me go. As I watch them leave I notice they’re driving a silver Ford Five Hundred sedan. Vice Cops. I have yet to check out my taillight to see if the cop was telling the truth, but I’ll bet he wasn’t. But hey, it’s been awhile since I’ve been harassed by PD so I guess I’m back on the radar! Woohoo!!