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Oregon Police Increasingly Using Unmarked Vehicles for Traffic Stops (VIDEO)Political Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com
Are police putting your family's life at risk? Yes, they are.
(McMINNVILLE, Ore.) - Fighting crime and overtaking our rights as people, are truly different things. Drivers in the Northwest need to be painfully aware that the use of unmarked cars and trucks as police vehicles is on the rise. It makes your life and the lives of your loved ones far less safe.
In fact, cops in both Oregon and Washington know that they open the door to police impostors by using unmarked cars for traffic enforcement, and they don't care.
As the economy suffers and falters and people lose jobs, officers and deputies are posing increasingly as regular motorists so they can write you up with a big fat ticket.
In turn, Oregon drivers are made to stretch their finances all the more just to put food on the table and feed their kids. This is a bad time to be citing working Americans for anything more than serious violations.
If law enforcement insists on providing that ticket-based revenue, then least they should do is be held to a standard of identifiability. Any time a cop is on the road, people slow down. They drive more carefully and are reminded that there is a law enforcement presence.
Not the case with sneaky, unmarked traffic enforcement programs.
There are different levels of unmarked police cars.
In Marion County, Oregon, the traffic team uses Mustangs. These are identifiable but low profile law enforcement vehicles. The red and blue lights are not visible in the back window until they are activated, but the doors are marked. This concept seems to accomplish the less visible approach in traffic enforcement, but you can tell they are the real thing.
Oregon State Police tend to use regular traffic cruisers like Ford Crown Victoria's that are completely unmarked, and I know they use a Camaro for traffic enforcement. They can fairly identifiable but only when they are painted in the standard police blue. They do use at least one Camaro that is not blue. As far as I know, only uniformed officers troopers operate these vehicles as unmarked traffic patrol units.
Way Over the Line
In Yamhill County, Oregon, police are seriously not who you think they are. Remember, this is the Oregon county that tried to send two junior high age boys basically up the river because they touched or slapped girls on the rear end at school. Plenty of religious folk and lots of farmers; this is a conservative place that is a lot like it was several generations ago. Its proximity to the progressive city of Portland seems only incidental.
I observed something in Yamhill County this week that made my blood boil and it is still simmering. It was a cop driving a completely unmarked metallic green Ford Expedition, that looked like a grandpa truck with the lights completely hidden in the grill, and the cop was wearing civilian clothes.
What happened to the integrity of the police? Why aren't they using our tax dollars to slow traffic down by being police? Why do they have to resort to trickery and underhandedness?
We are raised in this country to believe that being honest, forthright and direct are virtues worth following. Don't look for any moral lessons with today's law enforcement though, when it comes to traffic enforcement practices. It's all about the money baby, and they like to parade as non-cops to trick us.
You know what the real trick is? Figuring out where hundreds of missing people are today, who were pulled over and taken away by a person posing as a cop.
This is the reality of what these tax-paid government servants are doing. They create and foster an environment where criminals can slap a red light on their car and pull women over with bad intent. These police practices mean your wife/mom/girlfriend's systems of self-protection from predators on the road are all gone.
It is time for people to get really worked up about this.
Don't EVER pull over for one of these may be a cops without being in a visible, public place.
In Washington, be even more careful, because there are all the more secret police there and according to reports we have received, the cops there are not trustworthy during personal encounters. We know for a fact that in at least one case, a Washington officer was extremely disrespectful to a young woman from Salem and he pulled her over in an angry state after tailgating her for miles. She had lost her child the week before.
I don't know what degree of BS they have been allowed to get away with in Washington or what specifically has that led to this, but they are all over the place in that rainy state driving unmarked cruisers the Gestapo would have been proud to operate.
TheNewspaper.com reports that since 1923, California has outlawed the police tactics upon which many other states rely to conduct speed traps. One key provision of this statute prohibits traffic police from using any vehicle not distinctively marked. In most cases, this means the traditional black and white design."
In May 2008, California's Justice M. Kathleen Butz cited a 1991 decision explaining the legislature was "motivated by a desire to eliminate clandestine methods of traffic enforcement designed to augment local revenues through exorbitant fines."
People in Oregon and Washington deserve the same realistic policy. Write to your senators and state representatives and tell them you demand accountability from police. Tell them to ban the use of unmarked cars for traffic enforcement. Bring police out of the shadows and make them work for the taxpayers who provide their salaries in the first place.
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Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor.
Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 in Afghanistan with Oregon troops. Tim recently returned from Iraq where he covered the war there while embedded with an Oregon Guard aviation unit. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website, affiliated with Google News and several other major search engines and news aggregators.
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