Myles Thomas puts Mpls cops on blast after they write him ticket for spitting near U of M campus

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Thomas says he was detained by cops, searched, and given a ticket... for spitting.
Minneapolis cops have been struggling to deal with a crime spree on the University of Minnesota campus. So, in hopes of maintaining law and order, they've taken to... writing people tickets for spitting?

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You might hope officers have something better to do than that, but according to a Facebook post from Myles Thomas, hawking a loogie near campus might result in you being searched and hit with a fine.

Here's what Myles had to say about an incident that happened around 9:30 p.m. Monday (his post is unedited):
I've never been one to complain about a situation too much. If it's meant to be, it's meant to be, but this is too much and I won't remain quiet about it. Some buddies and I were walking to pick up pizzas on the University Of Minnesota campus, as a squad car passed us by. When they drove past us , I spit, just to spit, no offense or crime intended at all. I have been a little under the weather lately and spitting has been a regular thing. The police officers then proceeded to pull a u-turn and informed me that spitting on the sidewalk or any public property was subject for a citation. Shocked, I questioned them about it, as this was something I had never even heard of. I proceeded to inform the officer that I did not know that and I apologize for my offense and and habitually spit again, trying to get the mucus out of my throat. He and his partner got out of the car and approached me and told me to come to them and put my hands on the car. Shortly after they searched me and put me in the back of the squad car, where they eventually wrote me out a ticket and released me. As I'm sure you are aware , there has been a crime spree on campus, which only left me with one question for these officers. I politely asked them if I could ask them a question without any offense being taken or disrespect being felt, and they told me to proceed. I asked "There are innocent students being mugged, females being sexually assaulted and maced, a whole campus afraid for their safety; And you are out writing tickets for public spitting?" They were offended and told me "is that best you can come up with ?" It was a very serious question. I do not understand how students can be harmed and these recent cases go unsolved but I am cited for simply spitting on the sidewalk. It hurts, these are the people who are supposed to be protecting us and they are strolling around handing out these type of tickets. I am not looking for a shoulder to cry on or any type of justice, I accept responsibility and will pay my citation. What I would like to know is: Where were these officers when a young woman was assaulted by her own pepper spray, or when a girl was mislead and sexually assaulted by a man in uniform. I do not understand, maybe I never will, but I feel as if I was not treated fairly and these officers could have simply let me go with a warning. I rarely use Facebook but for situations such as this, I needed people to know what's going on out here. Do not take this as me complaining about the police, but at the same time, I cannot help but feel offended. I just do not understand.
And here's a photo he shared of his ticket:

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Suffice it to say it's stuff like this that gives cops a bad name.

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webstakes
webstakes

Okay really? For one spitting is disgusting and rude. And then he spit a second time right in front of the cops after apologizing for it? And you expect them not to cite you. He should have gotten another ticket for being a raging idiot. Get over it.

Robert Brooks
Robert Brooks

Germs on the bottom of your shoe in the winter is a concern?

James Allen
James Allen

Really? I read about a white student who got ticketed for jaywalking near the campus at Univ. of MN.

James Allen
James Allen

Wrong. The article does not include the fact that Myles spat a second time right in front of the police officer, which is an act of contempt and disobedience.

Robert Brooks
Robert Brooks

Nothing but support from me to Myles. Thank you for daring to hold the police accountable and asking them why they aren't doing something more productive.

Sandra Fredine
Sandra Fredine

BTW - it may be a bad idea in your job to dump on those folks who actually might pay for your services. crunch, crunch. LMAO!!!

Sandra Fredine
Sandra Fredine

I'm so sorry you can't read READ - try it. You must be a libertarian - one of those I don't give a flying F**k about anyone just gimme my weed and Ron Paul kinda guys. You crack me up. Ya sure, you betcha - I just love me some bat-shitcrazy-Michelle-Bachmann. What a dork you are.

Noel Barrick
Noel Barrick

Sure, I can do that for you Sandra, because that icky spit will be wiped off by the fifth step afterwards... Re: #4 that link says nothing about spitting on the sidewalk. Man, you right wingers are something else... Always trying to dictate another person's life and morality and continually ignoring evidence that contradicts your viewpoints.

RapeWhitePrivDead
RapeWhitePrivDead

White Privilege must be FORCIBLY DISMANTLED and Whiteness must be RAPED TO DEATH!!!!!

smartestguy
smartestguy

Let’s clarify a few things here: First, this dude was not on campus when he got the ticket. He was at 12th Ave and 8th Street which puts him about five blocks off campus in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood. Second, the ticket was written by Minneapolis Cops, not UMPD. Third, if you’re stupid enough to blatantly defy the cops – spitting twice more after they told you to knock it off – and then trotting out the “don’t you have anything better to do” line, then don’t whine about getting a ticket. He’s lucky the MPD cowboys didn’t throw him in the cooler overnight.

Lori Lynn Christiansen
Lori Lynn Christiansen

Both cigarette butts and people's spit should be fined offenses. It's gross and has no place in polite society. I don't want to step in either one.

Christine Brown
Christine Brown

he seems like a nice guy. but spitting is super douche-y. everyone else manages to swallow their saliva. no one needs to walk in, fall in, or sweep/mop up your germy spit. the ticket is pretty funny. but geez, show some respect. if you wouldn't piss on it, don't spit on it.

Nan Pleggenkuhle
Nan Pleggenkuhle

I agree, Ryan! It irritates me so much when people litter with all their cigarette butts!! They should all be ticketed!!!!

Nathan Heiling
Nathan Heiling

Same thing happened to a friend of mine years ago over nordeast when he went to pay it they laughed and tore the ticket up.

amp123
amp123

It’s the broken window theory:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory 

Also, if he was told spitting was against the law and then DID IT AGAIN right in front of the cops, OF COURSE they’re going to ticket him. I mean, how could he seriously expect otherwise?

brendabif
brendabif

Say what you will of the law, if it is on the books, P-D can enforce it.

Arizona Revised Statute

36-601. Public nuisances dangerous to public health

13. Spitting or urinating on sidewalks, or floors or walls of a public building or buildings used for public assemblage, or a building used for manufacturing or industrial purposes, or on the floors or platforms or any part of a railroad or other public conveyance.

Sandra Fredine
Sandra Fredine

btw, Noel, I hope you step in all the spit when it's fresh as a courtesy to others who don't really like to step in it. Thanks, that would be appreciated. :D

Noel Barrick
Noel Barrick

^That (the link) is a better way to go about this. Except this... "Now quick being anal or go back to picking your butt." 1. Grow up. :D 2. stupid autocorrect. 3. The law IS persnickety. Regarding the link, subd. 1 pertains to "Objects on highway" This isn't the statute that this man violated. He was charged with "spitting on the sidewalk." If you can find the statute this violates, please provide that link. Spitting on the sidewalk violates an old law, that you will typically find on one of those "Dumb, outdated state laws" sites such as this one here. http://www.worldoffemale.com/dumb-laws-state-by-state/ Now you won't find this particular "dumb law" under MN on this site, but it listed under Virginia. Perhaps there are other "dumb laws" on that site that you agree with? In MN, Every bathtub in the state of Minnesota is legally required to have feet. Men who drive motorcycles are legally required to wear shirts while riding. It is against the law to eat hamburgers on Sundays. It is against the law to tease skunks in the state of Minnesota. Finally, I don't have a problem with spitting on the sidewalk, and, lol, i certainly don't live for it. If you want some of these dumb laws enforced, perhaps you should re-evaluate who is being "anal" here. :D

Eddie Lyndberg
Eddie Lyndberg

Strangers who are complete retards and ignorant. Seriously you all make southerners more enlightened

Sandra Fredine
Sandra Fredine

Says someone sitting on the Internet lobbing insults at complete strangers. LMAO!!!

Maggie Strugala
Maggie Strugala

Yeah, but laws should be enforced equally, and he should not be made an example of. That is very unfair. If they started giving everyone tickets for it, it would be a different story.

Maggie Strugala
Maggie Strugala

I am sure it had something to do with it. Profiling in Minneapolis is a huge problem.

Eddie Lyndberg
Eddie Lyndberg

Spitting is equivalent to public uninating? Please.....no ones generals were exposed. To all you people bitching about he has no class and ruining the "beauty" of Minneapolis are all a bunch of leftist cocksuckers who can only feel like a whole person while sitting on the internet lobbing insults at complete strangers. Minneapolis is a nice city, but you all get very delusional about it. You want real beauty check out Vancouver, Seattle, Chicago. Or any other city with a real skyline and without a bunch of passive aggressive whiny pussies!!

Sean Gilbert
Sean Gilbert

What are the "real" crimes that are so easily solved?

Sean Gilbert
Sean Gilbert

Meghan Butte is completely right. Many people that get in trouble with the law, no matter how minor, blame the police for the law that THEY broke. Its somehow the cops fault that THEY broke the law. And then the "why aren't they out solving real crime? " argument follows shortly after.

Whitney Joan
Whitney Joan

This makes me laugh . Regardless of the entire the situation, the police u-turned for someone funking spitting . They should have kept going and found real crime and not messed with a young kid .

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@smartestguy Thanks for pointing that out. I corrected the location of the incident in the post.

ohjeez
ohjeez

@The Ska-Skank Redemption your band sucks

SelectiveEnforcement
SelectiveEnforcement

@brendabif IMHO the problem is not that this law is being enforced as much as it is that the police are selectively enforcing petty laws over ones that keep people safe. 

It is  presumably safer to ticket a student spitting than deal with a real threat to society. There is also the revenue factor. It costs money to incarcerate criminals. Issuing tickets generates money.

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

@Maggie Strugala 

Certain people are profiled for a reason.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Eddie Lyndberg Hmmmm...lobbing insults at complete strangers - sounds exactly like what you're doing you rightist asslicker. LOL  P.S. Y R U here?

AngelAssassin
AngelAssassin

@Sean Gilbert AND AS SOON AS IT RAINED, the evidence of the crime was WASHED AWAY!!!! grow up! those officers totally overstepped their mandate... I would have kept spitting every time they wrote a ticket... BUT I wouldn't spit on them!!! then it's assault!

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