Here is a listing of all the interactions I remember ever having had with any authority figures. Of all of them, only two or three were actually positive experiences, even when I was the one who called them!
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It was only then, after maybe 35 minutes of being publicly harassed in that Home Depot parking lot, that I was told, very quickly and quietly, that an "eyewitness" had seen me, what I believe I heard "selling baseball cards". I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about. First, even if I had, is it actually illegal to sell baseball cards? Second, I had done nothing like that, and not sold anything, or even TALKED to anyone other than the cashier as I walked past and out of the Home Depot store. Third, it started to seem clear that HE had not seen anything, because he had just spent the last 40 minutes accusing me of something that never remotely happened! Around then, he finally admitted that "SOMEONE" had CALLED IN to the Police to make this claim! This apparently anonymous person had identified the color of my tee shirt and shorts and the fact that I am tall and slim and that I had a beard. So he had no doubt whatever that I was "guilty" as he had repeated to me at least 30 times.
Do Police receive anonymous phone calls and immediately accept everything said as being absolute fact? Apparently so, in this case.
I sent a complaint letter to the Chief of Police of that town of Homewood. I received a very nice phone call from the Assistant Chief, who apologized to me several times, and who told me that Officer would be refreshed on proper behaviors. He also confirmed to me that the complaint call had come in from a cel-phone, so the Police had no record of who had made the complaint against me! Until then, I had not realized that their Caller ID did not work for cel-phones, and in fact that the public assumption that the Police can always precisely locate a cel-phone in an emergency is simply not true. The Homewood Police apparently had no way of actually knowing who called in that complaint against me. He only knew that it was a woman's voice. (They erased the tape of that call soon afterward.) When he said that, I realized who it was, that same woman who has constantly been harassing me, at least every few days, for five years now, a part-time secretary in the tiny Offices of the Thornton Village government, who happens to be related to the Mayor of Thornton and who also is a part-time secretary in the Thornton Police Department Office.
She clearly knew that Police cannot track cel-phones, and she clearly knew what she needed to say to get the Homewood Police to believe that I had done some sort of crime. A Thornton Village Trustee had told me around two years earlier that she had personally filed over 40 Official Complaints against me in Thornton, in a bizarre way, WITH HERSELF, as she is the one who receives and types up such Complaints, just during the year 2003. She was here merely proving that she was still at it, now STALKING me to other towns and trying to get other Police Departments to harass me! And there is absolutely nothing I can do about it, because she is related to the Mayor, and I had learned far earlier that there is absolutely NO Jurisdiction on Earth that feels they have any authority over this Village government! Not the Illinois Attorney General. Not the Illinois State's Attorney. Not the Governor. Not State Congressmen or Senators. Not US Congressmen or Senators. Not any of a dozen Officials in the Cook County government. It IS essentially a "kingdom" where they are free to do anything they wish without any oversight by anyone else!
And this is America???
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C Johnson, Theoretical Physicist, Physics Degree from Univ of Chicago