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    Rt. 4 Police this AM

    In my new travels up and down Rt. 4, I've noticed a lot of police presence up above Huntingtown. This isn't a bad thing IMO. However, on two separate mornings this week, I've seen the same type of behavior by police that I thought was quite off putting.

    This morning, I am cruising up Rt. 4 north (around 530AM) and in my rearview I see two sets of flashing blue lights well behind me. Being in the right lane, I use my signal to indicate I am going to the shoulder (of course there isn't one) but I start to slow and pull off as much as I can to give them room to pass. Just as quickly I notice the lights are off. Odd I think but it happens.

    Being that most people have moved to the right, one of the Calvert police SUV's comes flying by me quite fast. I won't speculate as I was going slower than normal/travel speed and they were obviously faster than me. A bit behind the first SUV was the second with a good bit of distance between them. As they travel up the left hand lane with blue lights off, a passenger car changes lanes from the right hand lane to the left basically getting between Cop #1 and Cop #2.

    Cop #2 (who is travelling a good bit faster than the traffic on the right) flies up onto the bumper of the car and high beams them for several seconds until the car more or less panics back into the right hand lane.

    Now, I get it. Sometimes they intentionally keep their blue lights off but most can flash them where they aren't seen up front but are viewable from behind. I thought maybe they were trying to "sneak" up on someone but both ultimately had pulled over into a median not too much further ahead.

    I just thought it odd behavior as had it been a passenger car operating in that manner, he/she would've been called all kinds of names. Seen something similar twice this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hannibal View Post
    In my new travels up and down Rt. 4, I've noticed a lot of police presence up above Huntingtown. This isn't a bad thing IMO. However, on two separate mornings this week, I've seen the same type of behavior by police that I thought was quite off putting.

    This morning, I am cruising up Rt. 4 north (around 530AM) and in my rearview I see two sets of flashing blue lights well behind me. Being in the right lane, I use my signal to indicate I am going to the shoulder (of course there isn't one) but I start to slow and pull off as much as I can to give them room to pass. Just as quickly I notice the lights are off. Odd I think but it happens.

    Being that most people have moved to the right, one of the Calvert police SUV's comes flying by me quite fast. I won't speculate as I was going slower than normal/travel speed and they were obviously faster than me. A bit behind the first SUV was the second with a good bit of distance between them. As they travel up the left hand lane with blue lights off, a passenger car changes lanes from the right hand lane to the left basically getting between Cop #1 and Cop #2.

    Cop #2 (who is travelling a good bit faster than the traffic on the right) flies up onto the bumper of the car and high beams them for several seconds until the car more or less panics back into the right hand lane.

    Now, I get it. Sometimes they intentionally keep their blue lights off but most can flash them where they aren't seen up front but are viewable from behind. I thought maybe they were trying to "sneak" up on someone but both ultimately had pulled over into a median not too much further ahead.

    I just thought it odd behavior as had it been a passenger car operating in that manner, he/she would've been called all kinds of names. Seen something similar twice this week.
    This is not unique to Calvert County. I've seen both marked and unmarked cruisers activate lights and sirens just to boogie through red lights, then turn them off once they're through the intersection.
    Too bad you can't follow them to find out what the big hurry was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DEEKAYPEE8569 View Post
    This is not unique to Calvert County. I've seen both marked and unmarked cruisers activate lights and sirens just to boogie through red lights, then turn them off once they're through the intersection.
    Too bad you can't follow them to find out what the big hurry was.
    The stock answer to what appears to us citizens to be simple "traffic clearing" is that they had a call that then got rescinded. Which of course you can never verify. Or sometimes you get the mockrage "OMFG, IF IT WERE YOUR WIFE, OR YOUR CHILD WAITING FOR THEM, WOULD YOU LIKE THEM TO BE LATE???!!! HUH!!!!!"
    "I aim to misbehave."

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    Not unheard of from our Calvert County Cowboys. Hoping we get a new sherriff in town next time around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glhs837 View Post
    The stock answer to what appears to us citizens to be simple "traffic clearing" is that they had a call that then got rescinded. Which of course you can never verify. Or sometimes you get the mockrage "OMFG, IF IT WERE YOUR WIFE, OR YOUR CHILD WAITING FOR THEM, WOULD YOU LIKE THEM TO BE LATE???!!! HUH!!!!!"
    I understand an emergency call being rescinded. But, you know what the proverbial 'they' say about first impressions. I've seen this happen from outside the confines of an automobile though, too. Lights and sirens are activated just long enough to maneuver through traffic and red lights only to be turned off afterward.

    "Mockrage"? W'assat?

    I remember Gabriel Iglesias aka "Fluffy" talking about getting pulled over after having bought doughnuts. "I put "Bad Boys" in the tape player and blasted the stereo." .....and the officer started walking to the beat. Officer:"Do you know why I pulled you over?" Fluffy: "Because you could smell it." Irrelevant to the conversation, but still worth a chuckle.
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    Mockrage is when the opponent in the debate, while not really outraged by your point, feigns it to use it as a club to beat you with. Usually combined with the exaggeration of your debate point to silly levels to make seems that you are both an idiot and a bad person. I get this quite often in the speed camera debate..

    "WTH, man??!!!!! You think going 90 through school zones killing children is OKAY??????!!!!" And slavishly devoted supporters of law enforcement being allowed to do what they want whenever they want have refined this to an art form. No matter how egregious the offense, if you question it you are a cop hater.
    "I aim to misbehave."

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    Quote Originally Posted by glhs837 View Post
    Mockrage is when the opponent in the debate, while not really outraged by your point, feigns it to use it as a club to beat you with. Usually combined with the exaggeration of your debate point to silly levels to make seems that you are both an idiot and a bad person. I get this quite often in the speed camera debate..

    "WTH, man??!!!!! You think going 90 through school zones killing children is OKAY??????!!!!" And slavishly devoted supporters of law enforcement being allowed to do what they want whenever they want have refined this to an art form. No matter how egregious the offense, if you question it you are a cop hater.
    WHO said anything about 'going 90 through school zones killing children...'?? Who's the one going 90?
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    Oh, I don't know, been so many discussions about them these last four years. No one making that point here, I showing an example of mockrage, not making pointe relative to this specific discussion.
    "I aim to misbehave."

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    Quote Originally Posted by glhs837 View Post
    Oh, I don't know, been so many discussions about them these last four years. No one making that point here, I showing an example of mockrage, not making pointe relative to this specific discussion.
    Guess I'm a bad influence, huh? :smirk:
    If all you are gonna do is give me grief about what I post DON'T READ IT Heh? Have a nice day :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by calvcopf View Post
    Not unheard of from our Calvert County Cowboys. Hoping we get a new sherriff in town next time around.
    Have no problems at all with the sheriff, and would not describe any of the officers as cowboys.
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