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To Whom It May Concern including the California Highway Patrol Superiors
Recently while motoring up the Albion Ridge about milepost 2.5, returning from our beloved Village Hardware Store. I was thinking everything was all right when I passed a CHP cruiser going down, West in the opposite direction. A bit unusual but no biggie I thought.
I was going well within the speed limit, in my own lane etc. The next moment or so he’s on my bumper. I’m going slowly past the dump as the road is bad and my old pickup is empty, rides rough. He’s right there and finally lights me up at the “dognut shop”, after following me for about 2 miles.
I stop and ask right away,”Just why are you pulling me over”? He says, “I thought your brake lights were not working”. Of course, I had no reason to brake, going mainly uphill, until I did come to a stop. Not that he could see my brake lights going in the opposite direction his reported reason for the traffic stop.
He then says, “your brake light on the rear of your cab is not working”.
I calmly stated, “That is not a brake light, it’s a cargo light”. It is operated by the switch on the dashboard. So that was strike two for him.
He then wants to know just why was I “driving so slow”. I have to explain to him that the road is in very bad shape etc., etc.
I guess he was out of lies for the moment and then stated, “I get it now”.
Well, what I get is that this traffic stop was built on one lie after the other, and when he could not think of another one he got back in his car and left.
No apology or stating his name, just bad behavior and disrespect on his part.
So, I ask, just why did he pull a u-turn and go out of his way to come after me in the first place?
Was it my faded BERNIE sticker that he saw stuck to the left side of my front bumper when he passed me before the stop? A good chance it was.
If I had been a black person or brown-skinned I would likely found my face in the dirt or worse.
This is “not” public service by any stretch and is entirely wrong and unacceptable on Albion Ridge or anywhere.
This was about the 1st of September in the afternoon. He did not state his name so I do not know who he is but still on the loose, not tethered by right and wrong so look out neighbors this is a bad cop on patrol now, here.
And for the record, I am not “anti-police”. I just expect much better from law enforcement officers.
Gary Moraga, Resident of the Mendocino County Coast