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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-24-07 08:14 AM
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311. I've covered the police beat for years when I worked for daily newspapers in the Southwest
Edited on Sat Feb-24-07 08:14 AM by RagingInMiami
I was a cop reporter at the Arizona Republic, the San Bernardino Sun and I covered the Border Patrol in southern New Mexico for the Las Cruces Sun-News.

Over the years, I've met many good cops. Honest cops who meant well. Cops who were just like me as they were only trying to make an honest living.

But I've also met a few bad cops. Several times over the years I've written about dishonest, abusive and corrupt cops who abused their authority.

And one thing I've learned over the years is that cops do not like being photographed. Especially the ones who have not been on the force for many years. The older ones seem not to mind as they are probably aware of the public's right to photograph them.

And many times over the years, I've been threatened with arrest for taking photos of cops. I've been "accidentally" shoved to the side during police scuffles. I've been yelled at, bullied and insulted in some situations.

But I've never, ever been assaulted like I was Tuesday night.

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