Let me show you another story…
It’s a warm early summer evening, and a few folks are outside chatting outside of the Rack & Roll Billards Club in Manassas Park. To the left of the column in this security camera video, we have a gentleman who is perhaps in his early fifties who has just walked out and is tucking in his shirt. Pretty uneventful.
Oh, my. The Manassas Park Police Department has arrived about six minutes after the previous scene. Is there a complaint of open cocaine use? No, a complaint of open drug use takes about twenty minutes for the police to respond, so this must be something really major. Perhaps there’s a terrorist running amok, or someone is barbecuing puppies, or something else really serious.
Nah, it’s not terrorism. It’s an investigation by three Manassas Park police officers of the gentleman who we saw tucking in his shirt under the premise that it may have constituted indecent exposure. This brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘fashion police’.
There are a couple of things I don’t completely understand about this:
- Why does the MPPD respond with three officers for potential indecent exposure when they only send two in order to investigate open cocaine use?
- How come indecent exposure concerns get a rapid response while open cocaine use takes twenty minutes for officers to show up?
- What the heck made the police department think this constituted indecent exposure?
- How come they need to bother this guy for eight minutes when he’s obviously doing nothing wrong?
It sure looks to me like they were just looking for opportunities to harass Rack & Roll customers, and the remotest hint of any probable cause generates the biggest production possible in order to create a negative impression of the place. There are plenty of other instances of what appears to be unwarranted harassment of Rack & Roll customers, and readers are going to get a chance to learn about many of them.
One last question: while a significant portion of the Manassas Park Police Department is working hard to make the parking lot in front of Rack & Roll look like a scene of nazi Germany out of an old war movie, who was protecting the citizens in other parts of Manassas Park? Or did they suddenly seem to not have any problems with gangs, property crimes or assaults in Manassas park while this was going on?
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