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(News-Press)   If a cop pulls you over and demands $20 to let you off the hook, it may not be a real cop   (news-press.com ) divider line
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2007-03-21 11:22:22 PM  
This highlights one of the things I do not understand about real cops using unmarked vehicles to conduct traffic stops (which, apparently, the county I live in is doing now. I saw an unmarked vehicle stopping someone a few days ago on the way to work).

If an unmarked vehicle is behind me with flashing lights, how the hell am I supposed to know it's not someone out to rob me?
 
2007-03-21 11:32:43 PM  
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2007-03-22 12:31:47 AM  
AntiNorm: This highlights one of the things I do not understand about real cops using unmarked vehicles to conduct traffic stops

They can't do that out here.
 
2007-03-22 12:35:14 AM  
AntiNorm: If an unmarked vehicle is behind me with flashing lights, how the hell am I supposed to know it's not someone out to rob me?

If it's a 1992 Honda Civic with one blue light on the dashboard, it's probably not a real cop. If he's got a Crown Vic with full lights, though, I don't know. He would be in full uniform, though.
 
2007-03-22 12:51:44 AM  
LordPistachio: He would be in full uniform, though.

True, but I wouldn't know until we were both pulled over and stopped (which, if it's a criminal, may be too late).
 
2007-03-22 01:29:20 AM  
AntiNorm: True, but I wouldn't know until we were both pulled over and stopped (which, if it's a criminal, may be too late).

Yeah. A lot of places prohibit cops from working traffic in unmarked cars for just such a reason.
 
2007-03-22 05:09:46 AM  
AntiNorm: Well for one try going to a city council meeting and suggesting that should be prohibited for safety reasons. Sure they can have UCs taking speeds, but they should have to radio ahead to marked units to do the stop.

However in the short term, if you are concerned, what you do is when a UC signals for pull-over, get in the right lane, turn on your blinkers and slow down. Make it clear you are making no attempt to escape. Then get on your cellphone and call 911. Tell them you have an under cover car signaling for you to pull over and you'd like them to either verify it's legit, or dispatch a black and white (you'll need to make sure you know your license plate number to give to the 911 operator).

But as I said, the real answer is to get on the city (or county or state depending on who control the road you are talking about) to change the law. Require that only marked units can do pullovers, unmarked cars can only use their lights to signal traffic to let them through.
 
2007-03-22 05:20:17 AM  
Don't be so sure..."real" cops will do this. I was offered the "trucker's deal" in Oklahoma once. If I paid the ticket to someone in the office of the clerk, there would be no points or anything.

So, the address to send the ticket was to an individual, not the office. I'm sure the money ended up in the hand of the cop's crony in that case. But it was a heckuva deal (even after the speedtrap in Goodwell, Oklahoma)
 
2007-03-22 05:23:09 AM  
Many of the people have already posted what I was going to say.

I've been pulled over by an unmarked car before. Since I'm not about to try & outrun them, the only thing I can do is pull over. Then if the officer (whether real or fake) demands money, then you're pretty much screwed. I'm not about to argue with someone who could be armed. I'd most assuredly try to get a license plate or something in order to report the guy later, though.
 
2007-03-22 05:27:37 AM  
dollar-sign-twenty-dollars, eh?
 
2007-03-22 05:39:22 AM  
Yeah, it's completely legal for cops in unmarked cars to pull you over in Florida.

Plus, they don't all drive Crown-Vics. I've seen FHP pull people people over in all kinds of different unmarked cars.

It's bullshiat.
 
2007-03-22 05:40:56 AM  
sycraft


However in the short term, if you are concerned, what you do is when a UC signals for pull-over, get in the right lane, turn on your blinkers and slow down. Make it clear you are making no attempt to escape. Then get on your cellphone and call 911. Tell them you have an under cover car signaling for you to pull over and you'd like them to either verify it's legit, or dispatch a black and white (you'll need to make sure you know your license plate number to give to the 911 operator).


Looks like you didn't grow up in my Neighborhood. In P.G. county Maryland they'd run you off the road and you could easily end up with a hole in your head. Any failure not to immediately comply with all orders lawful or otherwise are considered legal justifications for deadly force.

I would suggest ALWAYS pulling over immediately, Keep your hands within site and make no sudden moves. Police stops should be treated much like armed robberies. Comply completely and pray that you will survive the experience.
 
2007-03-22 06:20:22 AM  
Is 20 dollars dollars like what I get from the Automated Teller Machine machine?
 
2007-03-22 08:12:10 AM  
This is normal in Mexico, not the exception, which is why I don't go to Mexico.
 
2007-03-22 08:19:44 AM  
billyfalconer: This is normal in Mexico, not the exception, which is why I don't go to Mexico.

It's normal in Thailand too. Only it's about $3.50, or on a bad day $7, instead of $20. But I'm staying for the food, weather, and tail.
 
2007-03-22 08:36:15 AM  
About ten years ago in a New England state (IIRC), there was a guy posing as a cop who would pull over cars driven by hawties, would ask them to step out of the car, and then rape them.
So yeah, this unmarked car thing is not a good thing.
 
2007-03-22 08:50:24 AM  
AntiNorm: If an unmarked vehicle is behind me with flashing lights, how the hell am I supposed to know it's not someone out to rob me?

if you are really that concerned you can just slowly drive to a populated area and then pull over...
 
2007-03-22 09:23:56 AM  
Please note: If this happens in Mexico give him the money. Trust me on this one.
 
2007-03-22 09:39:21 AM  
LordPistachio: He would be in full uniform, though.

Not necessarily. I have been pulled over by an off-duty officer who was in street clothes, but was driving a marked cruiser (that's kinda the reason I stopped.) He didn't give me a ticket, probably because he was off duty, but it still caught me off guard.

Back on topic though...
Around here the state police have started using all kinds of unmarked cars. So far I have seen Explorers, and a Silverado, but I have heard they also have Mustangs. There is no mistaking that they are police vehicles. Every window is fully tinted, and they have light in the grill, windshield, rear window, as well as in their normal head and tail lights. It always makes my day to see th look on someone's face when they get pulled over by an extended cab, 4-wheel-drive, lifted Silverado.
 
2007-03-22 09:47:18 AM  
yeah, real cops ask for $100 and a blowjob
 
2007-03-22 11:17:54 AM  
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2007-03-22 11:45:25 AM  
"If a cop pulls you over and demands $20 dollars to let you off the hook, it may not be a real cop"

Or you just crossed over the boarder into Mexico.
 
2007-03-22 11:48:29 AM  
"... So maybe the best thing would be to take care of that, right here in Brainerd."
 
2007-03-22 12:22:37 PM  
"...and a silver-plated nameplate without a name..."

Mine says, "Your Name Here."
 
2007-03-22 12:47:15 PM  
Geez, give him the 20 bucks. Real cop, not a real cop it beats having your insurance go up.
 
2007-03-22 01:21:55 PM  
Three of the last five roadtrips to the United States, this has happened to me. Though it happened with real cops and a bogus charge.

//your cops are assholes
//especially in Montana
 
2007-03-22 03:46:28 PM  
Obviously, subby has never been to Florida.

Or you can pay up front, and buy one of those nifty Sheriff's Dept benevolent fund stickers. Color coded, so they know how much beer call money you kicked in as "insurance".

/Do you know how fast you were going? Oh..you got a red sticker. Well, dammit, slow down or next time it's a whuppin'!
 
2007-03-22 04:15:50 PM  
erewhon

Obviously, subby has never been to Florida


/born and raised
 
2007-03-23 07:58:15 AM  
wegro froestu: /born and raised

You mean they don't have "instant pay" in Gainesville, aka "That'll be $50 or a trip to the station"?
 
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