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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:42 AM

Police to End Prostitution and Drugs With Creepy New Spy Mobile

http://www.alternet.org/police-end-prostitution-and-drugs-creepy-new-spy-mobile




Looking for hookers or drugs? From now on, avoid St. Petersburg, Florida, whose police force plans to eradicate both -- forever -- with the deployment of their new armored spy vehicle. The truck has 4 cameras mounted behind bullet proof glass, protecting officers from any armed prostitutes who get funny ideas about their privacy rights. An angry Gremlin painted on the side of the truck warns prospective buyers of sex or drugs, "We are watching you ... "

"This is exactly what I wanted,' city council member Karl Nurse told Fox13 News in Tampa. 'It's high profile enough you put it in a drug location or a prostitution location and it will discourage the customers from coming. They'll just keep moving.'

Officers assure all the good, non-prostitute-sex-having people of St. Petersburg that the technology will not be abused, like, say, to peer into their homes: 'We didn't want this thing parked in somebody's front yard thinking that we're shooting into someone's bedroom window...It's really meant look to the exterior activity going on around buildings, not into buildings.' said the police chief, according to the Daily Mail.

Convincing! Fox 13 points out that the city also got 9 extra surveillance cameras courtesy of the Republican National Convention, helping keep Floridians safe from the scourge of progressive political demonstrations as well.


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Reply Police to End Prostitution and Drugs With Creepy New Spy Mobile (Original post)
xchrom Nov 2012 OP
HiPointDem Nov 2012 #1
TorchTheWitch Nov 2012 #2
bakpakr Nov 2012 #3
jp11 Nov 2012 #4
WRH2 Nov 2012 #6
dixiegrrrrl Nov 2012 #11
woo me with science Nov 2012 #12
woo me with science Nov 2012 #5
HipChick Nov 2012 #7
HiPointDem Nov 2012 #8
woo me with science Nov 2012 #9
quinnox Nov 2012 #10
rrneck Nov 2012 #15
SomethingFishy Nov 2012 #14
woo me with science Nov 2012 #16
SomethingFishy Nov 2012 #17
PETRUS Nov 2012 #13
onethatcares Nov 2012 #18

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:44 AM

1. 'They'll just keep moving.' -- yes, and how does that solve the problem?

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:04 AM

2. Exactly what I was thinking!

It doesn't solve the problem and it's so big brotherish it's stomach turning.


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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:36 AM

3. I don't condone what I am about to say but

A van with cameras behind bullet proof glass. Nothing a can of paint can't fix.

But let me get this straight. They made it as conspicuous as possible to discourage drug and prostitution crimes. Ok I get that. But they are going to man it with officers to monitor the cameras when they know that because of it's conspicuousness it will stop crime in it's parked location. So in essence the officers are getting paid to sit on their butts doing nothing. Watching cameras that will not capture any crime. Hmmmmm!

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Response to bakpakr (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:41 AM

4. OR

A paintball gun since you wouldn't want to walk up to one in disguise(you'd be closely monitored) or without a disguise to then be caught on camera or allegedly tackled and beaten (disguise/no disguise) by the supposed officers sitting inside.

Also I'm sure balloons of paint, or rotten tomatoes etc would all work too if you didn't have a paintball gun handy/don't want to get attacked/shot if someone sees you firing it and so on.

Not saying that one should do that but a piece of bullet proof glass with cameras behind it can be defeated in so many ways or just vandalized like anything can.

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Response to jp11 (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:02 AM

6. we need our own drones.

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Response to WRH2 (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:41 AM

11. I had to give a wry laugh at your comment.

Wonder how far we would get if WE had a identical truck filming police behavior?

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Response to WRH2 (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:09 AM

12. Well, chances are

we will each have a drone assigned to us very soon.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:44 AM

5. Had enough yet, America?

To protect and serve?

Or to intimidate, threaten, and fill private prisons?

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:06 AM

7. yawn...It's not exactly the UK

where you have more CCTV per head than anywhere else I can think of

and if you are not doing anything illegal, why would it bother me?

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Response to HipChick (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:19 AM

8. people who say, "if i'm not doing anything illegal, why would it bother me" really bother me. but

 

people who preface that remark with "yawn" & "country X is worse" are particularly disturbing.

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Response to HipChick (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:24 AM

9. Good god.

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Response to HipChick (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:44 AM

10. sounds like you will be a big fan of the coming

 

Sky spy drones. You are right, no good and loyal citizens should be objecting to this anyhow.

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Response to HipChick (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:29 PM

15. If that fascist had won the election would you feel the same way? nt

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:19 PM

14. Interstate 10 in Texas...

Went through there last month, was stopped at "checkpoints" 4 times. At one they had armed cops with dogs sniffing every car that went through. It was quite fascist.

They keep tightening the noose a little at a time, and people not only take it but have that "I'm not doing anything wrong" attitude.

If you aren't doing anything wrong then you shouldn't be subject to fascist searches... Had they asked for my "papers" I would have thought I was in Europe in the 40's...

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Response to SomethingFishy (Reply #14)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:03 PM

16. You should make your story an OP.

It is infuriating, and all too common now.

It is well past time for Americans to say, "enough is enough."

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #16)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 01:47 PM

17. I did right after it happened.. it dropped like a stone..

People need to experience it for themselves before they will wake up.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:10 PM

13. Domestic surveillance/security

Whatever. Aren't the most grave threats to our liberty things like a progressive tax code, Social Security, and gay marriage? C'mon, xchrom...

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:14 PM

18. well, living here in sunny St. Petersburg, I think

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there are a lot of other things the police and ptbs should be doing than parking a truck to make it look like
it's gonna stop crime.

It's like they don't understand "cell phones". You know, "hey, the police are parked over near 34th and 5th, so why don't you sell that crack 5 blocks north,south,east or west.

We could really use that money to upgrade the homeless facilities and maybe fix some of the roads that aren't near tropicana field. Maybe a bit more for after school activities at the parks would be in order too.

This is another waste of tax payer dollars.

In a call with my councilmans office I found out he just heard about this last week,there was no mention of it anywhere until they (the police) unveiled it.

Now it seems to me more community police officers would serve a better purpose than a truck sitting in one spot.

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