Myles Thomas puts Mpls cops on blast after they write him ticket for spitting near U of M campus
|Thomas says he was detained by cops, searched, and given a ticket... 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:
Suffice it to say it's stuff like this that gives cops a bad name.
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