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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,
I live in downtown Salt Lake and when I was walking my dog this morning, there was a dead raccoon on the curb. I call animal control, they tell me to call the Utah Department of Wildlife, who tell me to call the police, the police instruct me to call Utah Highway Patrol and the Highway Patrol direct me back to the Department of Wildlife. The Department of Wildlife informs me that, as a matter of fact, no one picks up raccoons in Salt Lake County. … read more

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Dear Cop,
So, officer, tell me: was it right for me to get charged with BATTERY? Was it right for my ex to get off scot-free? Should I have lied to the cops like my ex? Because if I had been a shit bag liar like him and not mentioned the “face brush,” perhaps the law would have worked for my benefit, rather than against me. … read more

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Dear Cop,
So I got this email forwarded to me that stated it was a warning from the police. Apparently, there’s a new carjacking scheme where people put a sticker or paper on the rear window of your parked car. Is this really something that’s happening, though? Or should I send all of these paranoid emails to my junk mail? … read more

Ask a Cop – January 2012

Ask a Cop – January 2012
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Dear Cop,
I ride my bike whenever I need to get anywhere around the city. As long as there are no cars, I don’t stop for stop signs or stoplights. I’ve been told that this is legal in other states, but I’m not sure about ours. Bicycles are defined as “vehicles” just like a motorcycle or a car, but do cops really enforce D.U.I.’s as heavily with cyclists as they do with drivers? … read more

Ask a Cop – February 2012

Ask a Cop – February 2012
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Querido Puerco,
I recently moved to the west side of town ‘cause I got a nice two bedroom casa for the same price as a mierda apartment on ninth east. I’ve heard there’s a lot of gang activity in this area, though, and wondered if there are any señales of gang territory or drug activity that I can look for.
Besos, Mamá … read more

Ask a Cop – March 2012

Ask a Cop – March 2012
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Dear Cop,
Within the last few months one of your “brethren” moved into my building. At first, when I saw the cop car parked in the lot I figured he was staking out the building, but the car hasn’t left and it is parked in the lot every evening. If a cop is my neighbor, and he gets to drive his cop car home every day from work, could he potentially arrest me or someone else in my building, even if he is off-duty? … read more

Ask a Cop – April 2012

Ask a Cop – April 2012
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Hello There Mr. Cop,
The reason for my writing you is that us females here in Davis County Jail have (quite literally) a very shitty issue to bring to your attention.  I understand the necessity for the whole cruel and unusual punishment thing to keep the crazies in check. But what I do not get is how we get denied our right to the most very basic of basic hygiene on the daily in here. … read more

Ask a Cop – May 2012

Ask a Cop – May 2012
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Dear Cop,
Since “it’s not normally for traffic violations” that a cop interacts with a cyclist, I ask: What is the normal reason that cops interact with cyclists? Do cops have a method of profiling cyclists at night? If so, what do y’all look out for? I want to be aware of any socio-economic discrimination (targeting poor people) we might be subject to at night. … read more