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Syrinx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-11 05:31 AM
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Are local police allowed to cross municipalities to arrest people?
I saw something weird yesterday.

I don't know what the dispute was about. I know nothing about the specifics of the situation. At all.

But I saw a Northport police car, lights flashing, with a motorist pulled over. In the Cottondale area, something like fifteen miles from Northport.

Maybe the police were chasing them from Northport or something. But do police from one town have the authority to arrest someone outside their jurisdiction?

Just wondering.

On a related note, I've been seeing the highway patrol on the local back-roads a lot more, recently. And state troopers too.

It's almost like a message is being sent...
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cullen7282 Donating Member (30 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-11 06:18 AM
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1. I think they can
but they need to have the police from that jurisdiction with them? They may have been radioing for them to come meet at the stop. Also, as far as the back roads go, is there a meth problem where you live? I remember ten years ago (as a teen) we could cruise the back roads and party (not smart I know) but no longer. Police patrol it b/c of meth.
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Syrinx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-12-11 06:49 AM
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4. I doubt there's a place in America without a "meth problem"
And when I was a teenager, we would find a quiet dirt road (what's that?) to smoke a joint. It really seems to me that we live in a much less free country than even in the eighties. Back then, Reaganism was mostly theory. Now it is fact. There are no more quiet dirt roads.

Everything is concrete and steel and franchises.

The soul has been sucked out of this country, and there is a cop looking over your shoulder, unless you are a guilty motherfucker that needs a cop looking over your shoulder, in which case you are allowed to do as you please.

What a sad, pathetic miserable excuse of a country we have become. You've got cancer? Fuck you.

You're hungry and can't afford to feed your family? Fuck you.

Your kid gets caught by crooked Birmingham cops with a few grams of drugs, and are beaten to an inch of their lives, they're gonna pay with the rest of their lives.

And we're going to continue to tax the poor when they buy groceries, so that we can let the wealthy deduct their federal taxes.

This state is corrupt and unfair. Must I be the one to point this out? Surely there is someone with fewer skeletons that can take on this task?


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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-11 07:27 AM
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2. "Hot Pursuit"?
I think there's something in the jurisdiction statutes about being in 'hot pursuit' originating within the jurisdiction.
:shrug:
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Syrinx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-12-11 06:20 AM
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3. yeah, probably
It just seemed so strange for a Northport squad car doing business so far from Northport, in an unincorporated area of Tuscaloosa County. It seems that "law enforcement" has gotten much more aggressive lately. At the lower levels, that is. And the crooks at the top are increasingly off-limits. And brazen.

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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-12-11 09:21 AM
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5. There may also be some kinda of 'mutual support' agreement.
Some of our towns in Baldwin County have a mutual aid agreement with the sheriff's department to take up slack where needed.
Same for fire departments.
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