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10-18-2011, 04:40 PM #21“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny”
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government”
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10-18-2011, 08:39 PM #22
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Oddly enough something a little like this happened to a friend of mine years ago while cutting through Otis AFB (pre-9/11). An MP tried to pull him over in an unmarked car by waving his flashlight out the window of his car. My friend kept driving until a MP in a marked car with blue lights got behind him. Once that happened he pulled right over and when asked why he didn't pull over for the other MP he simply said "would you pull over for a guy waving a flashlight out the window? He could be some looney trying to rob or kill me". The MP saw his point and sent him out the nearest exit to the base.
10-20-2011, 05:14 PM #23
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- Middle of Mass
I usually know what style un marked police vehicle they use, the Crown Vics, or something along those lines, and if you just look for grill lights, several other lights on top, not just one cheezy blue light, the way the front grill and lights seem to look, and especially if the guy coming over has a uniform on or not. Also, It seems as if though if I real officer was pulling you over, from my knowledge they dont seem to get out RIGHT away to come over. They sit for awhile call it, right some stuff down, etc. GRanted I know this could happen at night and its a bit harder, but I'd just use my eyes and ears to the best of my ability and go from there. I would do all this while NOT pulling over. Glad the lady is ok. Scum bag needs to get off the streets now.
10-23-2011, 10:07 PM #24JoseGuest
I've lived in several states where partially marked and totally unmarked police cars are used for traffic enforcement by the state patrol and sheriff's departments.
In every single instance the officer emerging out of one is in full duty uniform. There is very, very little doubt who you are dealing with.
IF the guy getting out is not in full, recognizable uniform, I will hit the road again while calling 911 and will pull over once a second cruiser shows up with uniforms on board.
10-26-2011, 12:04 PM #25
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- A small lab with my roommate, Brain, in Central, Ma
Hope they catch this dirtbag and flog accordingly. It's crap like this story that creates the additional paranoia <shiver>, I'm glad she was OK, relatively speaking. Probably pretty spooked afterwards, though.
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11-23-2011, 07:42 PM #26
I've explained to my wife, and she's agreed to never EVER stop for an unmarked car. In CT, troopers on traffic detail must put their light bars on their cars.
Our agreed upon process is to pull into the right lane, if on the highway, and dial 911 and ask to be connected to the dispatcher that the officer would be talking to.
The dispatcher will know if the cop is real because he will be talking to the cop behind you if its real.
I don't really care if it pisses off the cop. My family's safety comes first.
If a CT officer is following protocol, this will not be an issue because the car will have a lightbar on it.
p.s. don't be afraid to call, the cops are VERY eager to follow up on anyone impersonating. I once had a car try to pull me over with nothing more than wig wags. Eventually they just passed me. I was on the phone with 911 and they asked me if I could follow the other car safely. I was happy to help. I was pissed. Eventually a we passed a cop waiting on an entrance ramp and he pulled the two guys over. I don't know what happened to them, but I definitely remember the dispatcher getting very eager to catch the guys, when I told them what happened.
02-21-2012, 03:50 AM #27
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- East Bridgeawter, MA
I know this is kind of an older thread but I just wanted to throw my two cents in. As a 911 dispatcher I can say I have never received any of these calls but I do see a flaw in dialing 911. You have to remember (and this at least applies to the state of Massachusetts) if you dial 911 from your cell phone you are going to be connected to one of two state police call centers before you are transferred to the proper town/police agency....and then if you don't know what town you are in you can get connected to the wrong town (or in my case I usually get calls for Eastham, and I work in Easton). So you might be looking at a few minutes until you get the proper police station. Granted most undercover cruisers are not doing motor vehicle stops and if they do they are usually with a marked cruiser....low pro cruisers all day long, but they are still marked. I've never posed this question to any of the police officers in my life, but I would probably put my hazards on and pull into a populated area/p-lot. It is a very scary situation, nonetheless.
02-21-2012, 04:44 AM #28
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02-21-2012, 08:55 AM #29
It makes perfect sense. At least to people who really think gun laws work and criminals could never possibly shoot you on the side of the road or break your window with a crowbar/bat/baton because obviously your driver side window is completely invincible.Si vis pacem, para bellum - If you wish for peace, prepare for war
Have you heard about the vast Libertarian conspiracy? We want to take over the government and then.... Leave you alone.
02-21-2012, 09:37 AM #30
When I see what appears to be a civilian vehicle all lit up I yield immediately. But I will not stop, and neither will my wife. I'm happy to let the chips fall where they may.