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Oregon's Unmarked Police Cars are a Detriment to Public SafetyPolitical Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com
"It kind of freaked me out because it was like the middle of the night, and I realized this person was following me," - woman pulled over by fake unmarked cop
(SALEM) - Police in Oregon are creating a haven for potentially deadly police impersonators by increasingly using unmarked cars for routine traffic stops. Oregon's political leadership needs to ban this unorthodox "secret police" program before a young Oregon woman ends up dead. Of course many women have gone missing over the years due to this practice.
Oregon FOX-12 is reporting a story about a woman who may have come close to a bad ending. Her story typifies the problem magnified by the insistence of the law enforcement community in using this dangerous practice.
Oregon State Police even brag about their use of this deception based approach in their TV commercials; it is a grotesque in-your-face display of our tax dollars contributing to the very worst style of policing, the type based in trickery.
The police claim they need the cars to catch speeders and that is a lame, meaningless defense. Drivers slow down when a marked police unit is on the road, unmarked cars do nothing for safety at all, nothing.
Let's go to the FOX-12 report by Steve McCarron. I'll include a link below so you can read the article in its entirety.
Police: Man poses as undercover officer, pulls woman over
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As long as police are allowed to use this gestapo ("secret police" in German) approach, Oregonians are at risk. Our wives and daughters driving alone at night are the biggest targets. Police who push for unmarked cars are irresponsible and there are no exceptions, it is all for their egos and their city/county/state's tax coffers and nothing else, they jeopardize everyone's safety to have fun with their taxpayer supplied gas guzzling hot rods and trick hard working citizens into getting tickets. Besides, almost all of them find themselves above the law and speed and violate traffic laws almost routinely, without regard for ever being pulled over themselves.
Then just last month on the freeway south of Salem, a detective and another plain clothes LE officer went after a speeder while driving an unmarked car, and then when the guy finally pulled over they shot him. The man reportedly pulled a weapon out, but like the woman in the article above by FOX-12, it happened at night and how did he know they were legitimate cops? (Man Shot After Being Pulled Over by Detective in Unmarked Police Car)
This is total bullshit and the law enforcement community should be ashamed. Just last week I saw the gestapo cars lined up at the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office in McMinnville.
So now let's get to the meat of it: according to Kevin Schmadeka of Wahington, the whole practice of using unmarked cars for traffic enforcement is illegal according to Washington state law. I find this very interesting, and suggest reading the article about Kevin's efforts to change the widespread use of unmarked cars for traffic enforcement in his state. (Washington Judge Tosses Citation Issued in Unmarked Police Car Traffic Stop)
Regarding Oregon, it does appear to be legal for police to use the gestapo cars if they are properly uniformed and wearing a badge, unlike the detective who shot the driver on the freeway last month after pulling him over with an unmarked vehicle. Oregonians, put your foot down and demand an end to this irresponsible type of policing.
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