03 July 2011

I Was Right

A while back, I offered this hypothetical scenario:
Also, being prohibited from resisting might cause criminals to think that it would be a good idea to pose as police.  Should people resist them?  And what if they mistake police for criminals and thugs (which, let’s face it, is not exactly beyond the realm of possibility)?  This may be a real, serious question later on, but no one seems to have considered it.  It’s as if there are some who strangely believe that criminals will behave with honor and that police will behave circumspectly, and that no one will ever mistake one for the other.  Talk about living in a fantasy world.
And then there was this story:
Real police detectives, not imposters, are out talking to people who live in the 1600 block of Elkins Ln. in Federal Hill. Around 3:45 a.m. Friday, a man and woman got a rude awakening. Three men claiming to be officers were inside their home.
"It makes me question who to answer, who to believe," said Lauren Dougherty, a neighbor.
City police say the two people inside the home had no time to respond. They were sleeping when they heard a loud noise downstairs.
"Three men all identified themselves as Baltimore City police officers. The victims were then tied up and the individuals went through their home," said Det. Jeremy Silbert, city police spokesman.
The victims were not injured, but they got away with at least a cell phone. Police aren't saying how they got inside, if the front door was locked, but there are scuff marks and the alarm sign didn't stop them.

Fortunately, I am not a man of modesty or reserve, so I will not hesitate to claim that I foresaw this sort of occurrence.  After all, if the police are going to act like thugs, why shouldn’t thugs go ahead and claim that they are police?

I will simply note, in closing, that it is somewhat ironic that the thugs posing as police treated their victims better than the actual police would have.  And they seized fewer assets to boot.

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