Did anyone encounter a bad cop at the Fest 10, outside of those folks ticketed for open containers after being repeatedly warned? The ones I saw were keeping cars from running over kids decked out in all black.
That said, I have met a few power tripping goons in my time, but not recently.
Wasn't implying that the average cop you pass by on the street is going to be a power hungry goon. I'm more talking about when it comes to things i.e. Occupy Wall Street, and whatnot, and shit, if you heard some of the racist/mongering crap that comes out of my police-officer cousins' mouths, you'd think they ALL have some kind of complex. They weren't like that prior to joining the police force. Same goes for a friend of my brother's that he grew up with after joining the NYPD after college.
That being said, I've never had an issue with Gainesville police aside from Fest 8 and 9 where I got stopped, multiple times, checked and almost ticketed for drinking ROOT BEER and SODA while walking down the street. As in the effect of when I said "Don't worry, it's only soda" they literally had to smell/taste the bottles to "make sure". It's happened to me here too. I understand sometimes people sneak alcohol in certain ways but this happened to me multiple times during Fests 8 and 9. This year I flat out chose not to even drink soda on the street so I wouldn't deal with that again.
*No, I'm not really complaining about "hating cops" because I got nearly ticketed for drinking soda. I'm just saying that most of them aren't even nice about it when you tell them. I'd rather not have a bunch of police officers try and taste my root beer every step I go to make sure it is indeed only soda, so if I asked nicely for them to not do that, I'd like to see that happen.
I understand if they're dealing with this then yes, take extra precautions, and in the grand scheme this is nothing compared to what's been going on at Wall Street. I'm not some "fuck I'm so punk I hate cops" type; I just can understand WHY someone would make a statement like it.
you wernt almost ticketed for root beer, c'mon dude.. these examples make me think your threshold for harassment is pretty low.