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Right after I took this photo the usual cop vs railfan B.S started again. Why is it they go after those who aren't trespassing and are minding their own business then go after those who trespass and are doing railroad graffiti? When this train came by there wasn't one person at the crossing so I went back in my car put it on accessories and turned up the heat and turned on my radio. Next minute I see something white and blue behind me and a door is open so I take the keys out and open my door. The cop maybe 25 yrs old? asked me what I was doing, and I told him I'm watching trains, the dumb cop acted like that's the dumbest thing he ever heard and took my licence looked at my tripod in the back seat then wanted my insurance. BTW I had to step out of my car because I was sitting on my wallet so he asked me to wait right there. he comes back and as my cell phone is ringing he lets me go in my pocket and turn it off (aren't you supposed to keep your hands out where they can see them?) He leaves to move his ford explorer, then comes back and ask me to go back in my car. (and if I was doing something illegal I could of used that time to escape, that's another dumb thing he did) so a few minutes later he comes back and tells me why he questioned me "I never saw someone park here to watch trains, I thought you were waiting for someone" who the boogieman? president bush? WTF. I'm not sure if this is this guy qualifies as the dumbest police officer to ever question me, or the CSX cop who told me and Chris that we can't stand on the side walks here, or the Hammond cop who patted me down last year for standing near a curb...or maybe that NS cop who saw me a hour earlier and decided to check me out?...I think this cops elevator dosent quite reach the top floor.
Date: 3/4/2008 Location: Blue Island, IL   Map Show Blue Island on a rail map Views: 583 Collection Of:   Joe Usselman
Locomotives: CSX 9001(C40-9W) CSX 698(AC60CW)    Author:  joe usselman
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User Comments
Name Type Comments Date
Andrew Sax General You just gotta learn to deal. I've had my run-in's with cops before too. It's never fun. Just treat them like a little dog. Let them snif you out, hump ur leg, then when they are done, they are done. 3/5/2008 5:04:20 PM
Scott Malec General Joe, this area is CSX property. They will harrass you here. It's happened to me too. Was it CSX or a Blue Island cop? 3/14/2008 11:53:31 PM
Mikey Puttock General Hey give the man some credit, you could have been a terrorist choosing a railroad target? Then again, he could have just been bored and wanted to liven up a boring day by harrassing a railfan? Its cool when you get busted by a cop who's a railfan himself, I've had that happen and luckily in this digital age, he wanted to see what I'm taken pictures of, so I showed him. I wish that there was more railfan cops out there who understand what we are doing. 8/14/2008 10:35:39 PM
Jim Bruce General I've had the same thing happen to me in Duluth,GA back in 2008 and I agree its not pleasant. However there are things you can do get around these situations. For example you can always try breaking bread with the cops by slagging off the real terrorists ie: islam/muslims, as I have been amazed sometimes even shocked by just how much I have been able to get away with regarding this. I once regaled a US cop with horror stories of what its like to live in England with British muslims, who after about 10 minuets felt kinda sorry for me… And to think, in front of British cops I would be threatened with arrest after just a few words… Sad huh… 10/11/2011 6:59:04 PM

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