Sunday, January 24, 2010
Ask a Cop
During my weekend activities I met with an associate who is a former peace officer from the Chicago area. I told him about the whole RLSH deal (he was unaware) and asked what he thought about it.
Being this was my first chance to ask someone affiliated with actual law enforcement I asked many questions. Most were standard but the one that got the most surprising answers were the following few.
Q: If you had ever come across one of these RLSH fellows in action (Fighting someone), would you have arrested them for vigilantism after all the dust had cleared and they told you what they were doing?
A: Honestly I would have handed them psychiatric department for evaluation. Processing someone for this kind of action would be a major waste of police time.
Q: What about good samaritan laws? Stopping crime that you observe is a good thing right?
A: A good samaritan is completely different then someone actively looking to stop crime in progress. A good samaritan just happens to be in the wrong place at the right time.
Q: So what would you suggest for these RLSH members that are patrolling and looking for crime.
A: Being pro active and part of a neighborhood watch are good ways to help your community deal with issues in your area. Going out and looking for problems will just make yourself a target from both sides of the law without proper sanction.
I have a few more law enforcement friends that I should see in the next few months. I believe next time I will bring the video camera for posting on Youtube. I am a little bummed he would not have taken in the masked hero to jail. But I suppose mental help is what they need more then jail time.