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We take jaywalking pretty seriously here in California. A $200 fine, plus some police brutality:

A videotaped confrontation between a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy and a 51-year-old woman suspected of jaywalking casts doubt on the deputy’s sworn statement about what happened and underscores the need for police cameras, the woman’s lawyer said Friday.

The 30-second video of the Jan. 23 incident near downtown Santa Rosa was taken shortly after Celeste Moon allegedly bolted across College Avenue at Humboldt Street and ran from the deputy. It picks up after Moon is stopped a short distance away by Deputy Charles Blount, who is seen standing behind her. They talk for a moment before Blount puts an arm around her neck and throws her to the ground.

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Tampa police have written 2,504 bike tickets — more than Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando combined.

Police say they are gung ho about bike safety and focused on stopping a plague of bike thefts.

But here’s something they don’t mention about the people they ticket: Eight out of 10 are black.

Just go read the entire article. It is beyond belief. The part that struck me the most, however, was that the “Bicycle Blitzkrieg” squad actually made the streets more dangerous for cyclists:

Despite the thousands of hours spent by police, court clerks, public defenders, prosecutors and judges on enforcement of bicycle laws, it’s hard to tell what Tampa gets out of them.

Even though 2013 was one of the department’s highest ticketing years, bike crashes still rose the following year by 20 percent. Bike thefts, too, climbed 15 percent.

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Equal Protection Under the Law

Commit vehicular assault against a fireman, and all of law enforcement will come after you.

Commit vehicular assault against two hippies, and police could care less.

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On the very same day Copenhagenize, posts this wonderful photo above (calling it “Classic” Copenhagen), the San Francisco Chronicle reports that police are writing $220 tickets for the very same “offense” in Berkeley:

Citations are up only slightly this year over last, and the fine is just a touch higher, but students have reached the boiling point. “I was very, very angry,” Allegro said. “I could have avoided that by being a strictly law-abiding citizen, but who would have thought? I assumed it’d be like $30. Or $50 max. I support myself with scholarships and financial aid, so $220 is food for two weeks.”

As the article notes, $220 is the same penalty as a speeding ticket, or for hauling large quantities of radioactive materials without a permit.

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