I was in LA for 2 days.... We went to bed in West Hollywood at 11 PM to get up at 5 AM. At 3 AM I was having a horrible dream about being under terrorist attack and having to evacuate. When I woke to scary sounds, I discovered a police helicopter circling near by with spot light on and some recorded 1984-like voice saying, "This is the LAPD. Come out with your hands up. You will not be hurt."
Cool, just like the movies, I thought. And just as annoying as I always thought it would be. The voice went on for a few minutes, the helicopter circled for about 10-15 minutes (hard to say when you're pissed off and trying to sleep). Short tight circles that gave it a weird sound. I don't know if that's better or worse than it staying still. Of course, I was thinking about shooting if down from the sky. So maybe that's why it circles.
I only want that damn helicopter out if some guy is walking down the street shooting people. If nobody was shot, I don't care what that guy did, let him go. It's not worth waking up a whole neighborhood. Fuck the Po-lice. And I'm sure it's much worse in South-Central that frigin' Hollywood/Beverly Hills.
It's another example of police being focused on catching people after the fact rather than preventing crime. And while it is true that it's hard to get away from a helicopter. If they were so effective, then why would anybody run in the first place, or continue to run once the helicopter is there? It's just not worth it.
But it deserves note that LA has only about 8,000 cops. That's only 3 times Baltimore for a city much bigger (New York has something like 40,000 cops). So maybe they do more with less. Of course, maybe they could have an extra hundred cops for each helicopter. Those things are expensive.
April 1, 2009
Police Helicopters Cramp My Style
When I was in Baltimore, Foxtrot was down. Foxtrot was the police helicopter. It had crashed. Since then, they got another up in the air. I just stumbled across an old email I wrote my brother back in July, 2002, after a trip to L.A.
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