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What does it feel like to enforce laws that you personally consider immoral? If the law called for you to stop black people from drinking at “white” drinking fountains, would you enforce it? … read more

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1. Are county jails required to keep “occupancy logs”?  I need to prove that a certain cell was empty in 2004.
2. A suspect is booked for a 3rd degree felony and posts bail the same day – 5 g’s.  As bail is posted to ensure the suspect will appear in court – shouldn’t a case number be required before a bail bondsman will cough up 5 g’s? … read more

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Dear Cop,
There was recently an incident that made headlines of a transsexual at the DMV who was literally put on display, humiliated in front of the other DMV patrons and told to wash her face and pull her hair back or face not getting a license/ID. As a cop, how are you trained to deal with trans people? … read more

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Dear Cop,
After a bit of research I learned that an eight year vet of “one-timeing” y’all bitches in blue get $30 an hour, almost. $29.95 an hour for a eight year vet. Now that being said, why is it so hard to pay off a cop in SLC? … read more

Ask a Cop – September 2009

Ask a Cop – September 2009
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SLUG’s man on the inside answers a question about sketchy cops, the Patriot Act and DUIs in this first installment of our new monthly feature. … read more

Ask a Cop – October 2009

Ask a Cop – October 2009
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You see, 95 percent of the incidents cops handle are with five percent of the population. We know you by name, attitude, family, teeth or lack of, which specific trailer park you’re from, everything. Why? Because 95 percent of the time we’re dealing with you! … read more

Ask a Cop – November 2009

Ask a Cop – November 2009
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A friend of mine is on the force and takes a lot of pride in his job (I hope you don’t mind me leaving out his job title). We got to talking about what he does as part of his duties and how it differs from other officers, which led to the discussion of there being a pecking order beyond rank, and how the two lowest jobs in the city for police are TRAX Officer and Prison Guard. … read more

Ask a Cop – January 2010

Ask a Cop – January 2010
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Dear Pig,
How come cops always treat us skateboarders with such disrespect even when we are courteous and respectful? Is it because we are seen as the lowlifes in the community, having fun all over town at the cost of private business owners’ personal properties? … read more

Ask a Cop – April 2010

Ask a Cop – April 2010
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Dear Cop,
Can I get  DUI while riding a bicycle? Also, can I legally ride my bike on the sidewalk in downtown Salt Lake City? How about the rest of the city, can I ride on the sidewalk there, too? And does that vary from city to city in Utah? Isn’t it bullshit that I’m being safe and not driving a car while drunk and still “The Man” finds a way to fuck with me? … read more

Ask a Cop – May 2010

Ask a Cop – May 2010
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Dearest Officer,
I am a lover of the fast life—mostly driving fast. I have heard rumors that if a cop is sitting with all of his lights off and then pulls you over the ticket will be dismissed. I heard that it is true in Oregon and California. I realize that people talk and this is most likely not the case, but screw it—what does it hurt to ask? Aside from slowing down, is there anything possible to do out here in the Salty state to reduce tickets to a lower fine or even less of an offence? … read more