Cops open the hood of their car like this to block dash cams. This is a signal to start filming.
Honestly, this probably isn't true.
@frostotron it's absolutely true that cops will block or disable their cameras and that popping the hood is one way they sometimes choose to do that. It isn't a debunking to say that this specific photo isn't a case of that, so it must never happen, and it isn't reasonable to debunk a claim of police malfeasance by citing the police saying "no we weren't doing anything wrong, trust us" .
@beebs This post isn't showing up in the thread on my client. Maybe you didn't see it?
The point is that this is the only report of using the hood for that that I've ever seen, and that it's plausibly deniable. I don't believe that cops are trustworthy, and I think they should always be on camera. Using this specific, somewhat questionable case is unnecessary when we have so many examples of blatant abuse.
@beebs Also I think popping the hood to block the camera is probably the single most obvious and least defensible way to do this. Cops may be tools, but I don't think they're quite that dumb.
@frostotron cops do not need to care about being obvious or defensible- they get away with it, no matter how obvious it is. Directly turning cameras off, blocking cameras, "accidentally" losing the tiny bit of the footage that actually showed the abuse, etc. There is no reason to think that they would avoid this one particular method while doing all the others. And in general cops are pretty damn dumb- that's why they became cops.
@commiequeer this photo was taken in my hometown, they started doing it a few years ago and their excuse was they they had to pop the hoods to let all the "extra electronics and hardware" they added to the cars cool during the *scorching hot* summers of fucking southern VA which is... the biggest pile of shit possible
@commiequeer So I love this photo and the other photo because it was a day long investigation, and the two photos are the only ones that have ever been produced of the practice.
But the real lesson here is to always film cops anyway regardless of circumstance.
They did this long before we had cameras in our cell phones and before the prevalence of dash cams...
@commiequeer what if every time they do that people would just keep approaching and asking if they need help starting the car?
@commiequeer Good, finally something our cops haven't caught up to just yet. Might give me the edge.
@commiequeer <strikethrough>if they raise their hood</strikethrough>
they're up to no good
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