Today I was driving to Chinatown from my job at the Salvation Army. I noticed a surplus of cops around and I drove very cautiously and pulled into the parking lot where I usually park at 10th and Vine.
Suddenly, the flashing lights. Cop comes up to my door. He asks for all my information — I ask him why I was pulled over (well, parked over). He said I had an expired registration sticker. I was confused because I thought my emissions test sticker was the same date (5/12), but it turns out my registration expired in 2/12.
My boyfriend Kenneth comes out of another car parked in the same lot and he asks what is going on. The officer explains, and then goes in his car for a while. He comes out and tells me he would give me a chance to renew my registration online, on my phone. I attempt to, but when it comes down to having my title number, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I left it at my house.
In the meantime, while I am scrounging for my information, Kenneth tries asking the police officer, now police officers (back up), some questions. He tries to get them to think about what they are doing, why the law is the way it is, and so on. He asked if the law was actually stopping crime, actually doing good, if doing these horrible acts to me would help, etc. This frustrated the cops, the one closed his window on us so he couldn’t answer anymore questions.
I couldn’t get my registration renewed online, so the only other option, THE ONLY, was to impound my car and give me hefty tickets. There was no human face behind this decision. I could have gotten a warning, went home, and did it in 5 minutes. The tow truck arrived almost instantly and my car was taken away.
I believe the reason I was tracked down and my car was stolen was because I had three bumper stickers on my car. RON PAUL 2012, http://www.fucktheppa.org and “COPS SAY LEGALIZE DRUGS,” LEAP.CC. I know that I take a risk everyday of cops seeing my car and getting suspicious. I honestly didn’t realize my registration expired, though. At all. It was an honest mistake although it makes no sense that the government requires registration anyway (except it brings in revenue). But I can almost guarantee if I had a Fraternal Order of the Police sticker on my car, I would have gotten a warning AT MOST.
The police officer told me that my boyfriend was “stupid” and just has to obey the law. I told him we both see many problems in the system and this is one of them. I also told him that he had no heart. And that was it, my car was gone. My fines are $121+$396. I can’t afford this, so I am going to ask for help. I am not asking for much — I have 4,000 friends on Facebook and a Twitter following. If 500 people gave a dollar, I’d be golden. If I can reach this goal, I am sending a letter to the police officer explaining how much my community helped me and cares.I work hard for my wealth, for my car, for some sezzof happiness — these officers get paid to steal and fine when they see it fit. They blindly obey laws that make no sense. They hinder progress and continue to support medieval laws and punishment techniques. Help me get out of this situation — so I can keep fighting and especially leave those bumper stickers on my car!