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Old 07-09-12, 11:26 PM   #1
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listening to my scanner last night

I live in a pretty good neighboorhood so when I heard a police dispatch of a large fight involving over 20 people at a park down the street from me it caught my attention. About 45 seconds later the dispatcher informed patrol that a second caller is also reporting "a large gang fight involving many people" at the park. I hoped in my car and drove down to the park. When I arrived there were no police but there were 4 boys and 3 girls aged 13-14 wrestling and goofing off.

Upon seeing this I assumed the police got there before me and saw it and then left. As I was walking back to my car 6 police cars came flying down the road, turned on their flashing lights and spot lights. I didnt make it across the street before I had two officers with guns drawn but at their sides ordering me to the ground and to show my hands.

The other police officers ran into the group of kids and pulled their guns and had all of them lie face down on the ground, yelling at them to "not make a move and show their hands".

I was detained for 20 minutes and the police demanded to see my ID which I didnt give nor did I identify myself.

I have the entire incident on video and audio and today I filed my records request to find out the identity of the callers who reported the "fight".
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I must be getting old, since I lost the impulse to watch a "large gang fight" back in grade school.
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I live in a pretty good neighboorhood so when I heard a police dispatch of a large fight involving over 20 people at a park down the street from me it caught my attention. About 45 seconds later the dispatcher informed patrol that a second caller is also reporting "a large gang fight involving many people" at the park. I hoped in my car and drove down to the park. When I arrived there were no police but there were 4 boys and 3 girls aged 13-14 wrestling and goofing off.

Upon seeing this I assumed the police got there before me and saw it and then left. As I was walking back to my car 6 police cars came flying down the road, turned on their flashing lights and spot lights. I didnt make it across the street before I had two officers with guns drawn but at their sides ordering me to the ground and to show my hands.

The other police officers ran into the group of kids and pulled their guns and had all of them lie face down on the ground, yelling at them to "not make a move and show their hands".

I was detained for 20 minutes and the police demanded to see my ID which I didnt give nor did I identify myself.

I have the entire incident on video and audio and today I filed my records request to find out the identity of the callers who reported the "fight".
You got a good taste of what kids deal with. Looks like police haven't changed much in years. I can remember being the roadie for a local band as a teen. Once we played in a local park. Neighbors asked us to stop and we did and proceeded to break down the equipment to put into the vans.

20 minutes later, I look up and about 10 cops in riot gear get out of their cars and walk toward the bandstand, batons drawn. They start issuing orders with the implication that things will get painful. We point out all of the band's equipment, amps and speakers stacked, guitars in cases, and drums disassembled. Just how long did they think it took to get all of this torn down?

In the distance, in another part of the park, we could hear some fellows jamming on congas. The cops hopped back in their cars and raced away.

Several years later, when I was assaulted by two gangs at once and bike-jacked two blocks from the police headquarters (same city), I walked there and couldn't even get the cops attention until someone called in to report the crime. And then, with a witness who was able to identify one of my assailants, they took a report.
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Ya, when I was TWELVE years old, my friend and I would listen to my police scanner and bike over to where ever things were happening. It all ended when we heard of some naked people running around some apartment buildings, so we biked over there and suddenly found ourselves surrounded by 15 squad cars staked out with their lights off. By the time we realized it, we were pretty freaked out, suspiciously biked home, and never did such a thing again. But we were TWELVE and bored on a weeknight in the summer.
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Why did you feel the need to boogie over & check out a riot? Cops always roll in expecting the worst. Sorry, but you got what was coming.

I got caught in the middle of the LA riots back in '92. Ned Flanders me in the middle of North Long Beach. Scary stuff.
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You are suppose to run *away* from these things. Not towards them. Had it been a real fight you could have been shoot. 20 ppl fights escalate easy and lead flies in all directions.
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I work in a neighborhood with real gang fights, including flying bullets. Why are you asking for the identity of the callers? Is it because in the hood "snitches get stitches"?

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I work in a neighborhood with real gang fights, including flying bullets. Why are asking for the identity of the callers? Is it because in the hood "snitches get stitches"?
stitches?
In my hood, snitches get funerals.
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Why did you feel the need to boogie over & check out a riot? Cops always roll in expecting the worst. Sorry, but you got what was coming.
Pretty much.



People who sit home and listen to their scanners are creepy.
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People who sit home and listen to their scanners are creepy.
I have a scanner app on my smart phone and it allows you to listen to what is happening in other cities around the world. I listen to it a night to help me sleep. It's white noise.

One night I woke up totally convinced I was a cheap hooker working the streets of New Orleans. Awesome.

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You're creepy.
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I have a scanner app on my smart phone and it allows you to listen to what is happening in other cities around the world. I listen to it a night to help me sleep. It's white noise.

One night I woke up totally convinced I was a cheap hooker working the streets of New Orleans. Awesome.

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You're creepy.
You have no idea. I look fantastic in a dress. Just ask chris...

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People who sit home and listen to their scanners are creepy.
When I was a kid (yep, 12 years old as I said a few posts up), my friends and I used to listen to our neighbors' cordless phones in the 30-60hz band on my scanner. And everyone in the neighborhood knew we could listen because they would always talk TO us during their conversations with others on the phones.
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The last time I was in New Orleans a hooker tried to entice me to pick her up from across the street. She probably thought she looked fantastic in her dress too, but the look she gave me that I'm assuming she thought was sexy just looked to me like she was constipated and trying to force out a dookie. I guess what I'm saying is fantastic is in the eye of the beholder.
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......... the look she gave me that I'm assuming she thought was sexy just looked to me like she was constipated and trying to force out a dookie. I guess what I'm saying is fantastic is in the eye of the beholder.
Have ever seen pictures of women trying to do a sexy pout but end up looking like they have a sinus infection?
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People who sit home and listen to their scanners are creepy.
How would you know ?

Have you done it before ?

Do you know people who listen to scanners ?
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Do you know people who listen to scanners ?
Yes. And they are creepy. That's how I know. You're reinforcing the stereotype.

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That right there is creepy, dude.
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Man, I need to get a scanner. Is it okay if I wear my clown costume and clean one of my guns while I listen to it?
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That would be encouraged. It will reinforce the stereotype.
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I don't know if listening to a scanner is creepy. I have three units on behind me right now.

Going to a potential crime scene because you're curious is dumb. PRRs for things you shouldn't have gotten involved with in the first place is dumb.
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Yes. And they are creepy. That's how I know. You're reinforcing the stereotype.



That right there is creepy, dude.

I dont understand. How is it creepy ? The people that you know, what do they do that is so creepy ?

You say "creepy" but you dont provide any evidence or examples to back it up.

Is it the people who are creepy or is it the act of listening to a scanner that is creepy ?
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Creepy is part of the continuum, like in the DirecTV ads.

When your cable goes on the fritz, you listen to your scanner.
When you listen to your scanner, you hear about the fight down the street.
When you hear about the fight down the street, you go down to investigate.
When you go down to investigate, police drawn their guns on you.
When police draw their guns on you, you end up detained for 20 minutes.
When you are detained for 20 minutes, you file a records request to find out who called in the fight.
And when you file a records request to find out who called in the fight, you are creepy.
Don't be creepy. Upgrade from cable to DirecTV™


Creepy, Surfer34, is a shorthand to describe people who poke their nose into things they have nothing to do with, like going down to gawk at a fight in the park. Kind of like Mrs. Kravitz in the old Bewitched show.
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