All of my kind readers will surely remember the old adage, “You can’t always judge a book by its cover”. So be it. Along that line of thought folks, you have often heard an opposing adage, “If it walks like a duck, acts like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck!”. So be it.
Well, guys, we coppers kind of think that both of these maxims are both correct at the same time. Puzzled? You must understand dear readers that we flatfoots and gumshoes develop a “gut instinct” during our crime fighting and detecting over the course of our law enforcement careers.
The commonly use term “criminal profiling” probably comes to mind. Somehow, this term seems unsettling and possibly racist. The “DWB” (driving while black) acronym has been used by black race-charlatans, liberal media pundits, and sophisticated Lilly-white urban elites just because they can get away with it. The end result is to further separate the community from their cops. This propaganda stokes the flames of mistrust that raised the insane cries to defund the police. Capital idea!
Gumshoe wonders just how is that movement working out for the minority communities of Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, California; Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; New York City, New York, Austin, Texas, etcetera. Morons all. One-way U-Haul trailers are getting out of Dodge! Pity the ones who are trapped.
Effective patrol cops definitely seek out known criminals and they quickly recognize the elements of criminal activity. That’s called police work folks. Citizens support is critical. Gumshoe says that you cannot police a community that doesn’t want to be policed. Police are not an army of occupation!
Okay guys, some “inside baseball wisdom” from Gumshoe. We all mostly drive cars to get ourselves to and from places. Crooks drive cars to do the same thing except it is from or to a crime scene. Hitchhiking and bus routes just don’t work for their nefarious activities. However, bicycles do work occasionally.
Crooks have a tendency not to obey traffic laws; have suspended or not have driver’s licenses but do have outstanding arrest warrants; are on probation; possess illegal drugs and/or weapons; or are under the influence of alcohol or illicit substances.
A good patrol cop constantly makes car stops within his or her assigned beats for the above-listed rationales. It’s called “owning your beat”.
Gumshoe would conduct car stops on folks who met these standards. The driver would quickly play the race card: “You’re stopping because I’m black!” (Or brown or Mexican or female or —fill in the blank for the victim flavor of the day). Gumshoe would simply reply, “Yes!” Gumshoe would take a momentarily pregnant pause. This caused them to be downright shocked that this “Five-O” would readily agree with them.
Hey Bro! Ay Caramba!
Gumshoe would then follow up with the appropriate race-related or gender-related response:
“You’re the black guy who ran the stop sign.”
“You’re the Mexican who was speeding.” (Sometimes entirely in Gumshoe’s fractured Spanish if they didn’t speak American)
“You’re the female weaving all over the road.”
Once this streetwise formality was initiated, Gumshoe would take the appropriate positive police action that could constitute a warning, a citation, a field sobriety test, or result in a physical arrest. Period. End of story. The beat goes on.
Gumshoe also learned that some cops can develop a bad case of narrow vision or narrow-mindedness on their crime on the streets or working a detective caseload.
To wit: If you have a bunch of cops inside a briefing room and write the word “scoutmaster” on the chalkboard; some of them will automatically think “pedophile”. Gumshoe wonders why?
Until next time folks, always remember to love the ones who love you and really try to love the ones who don’t.
PS: Maybe just a few of the cops would define a scoutmaster as an adult male who unknowingly misleads naive youths (as well as themselves) to their untimely demises in the great outdoors.