I am going to start this one off.
First I would like to say that I respect the law and totally believe in a police department.
This was my experience just about 10 minutes ago...
Drove to the BP on West Jefferson and Illinois Rd. Just wanted to get some tasty Camel Wide Lights. When I pulled in, there was an officer pumping gas, I caught her eye and I smile as a courteous gesture, and I went about my journey for smokes. In my peripheral I could see her staring at me as she hung up her pump. I thought nothing of it really, I mean I am a giant I get looks a lot.
Then after spending a few minutes joking with the cashier I saw that the officer was still sitting at the exit even though there was no traffic. So I proceeded to get in my jeep and as I started up she exited. I caught a bit of traffic so i ended up a few cars back from her. While on Illinois Rd we crossed Ardmore and as we got to the second entrance to Park West Shopping Center she quickly pulled in and swooped around the the first entrance and got behind me. She strategically maneuvered herself to get behind me. I was not speeding or breaking any laws ( and i rarely do purposely, i am that butthead that drives like a grandpa, sorry
) she continued to follow closely until I got to my apartments at Point Inverness.
Now she didn't pull me over, I am glad for that. My wonder is why she targeted me. My vehicle has all lights functioning and I did nothing wrong from the moment our encounter began.
Now me being someone who has years ago been in trouble with the law when i was much less mature, I tend to get nervous when around cops especially when they are without a doubt following me. Anyone who has been in Fort Waynes system knows what I am talking about. This makes a person not only more prone to make a mistake rather then just focusing on driving but it also endangers those around me because I am not driving to par.
So why did a 26 year man, father, and business owner get targeted? My appearance is the only thing I can assume. I chose the career path I did so that I could continue to be the person I created while growing up and still make a living. That includes me being able to dress to my standards to feel comfortable.
This is just one experience but I had many more while growing up but I just passed that off as them seeing me as some "punk" kid. Now it is a bit irritating.
I have lived in many other big and moderate cities over the last few years and never seen anything like Fort Wayne's Police Department. My first day back in the Fort in all honesty I saw more officers here then I did the entire time I lived in Vegas and in seriously I felt just as safe if not safer in Vegas.
Just my thought.