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Old 05-31-2005   #11
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I did ask the officer for his business card, which by law he's required to provide me with, but he just introduced himself verbally several times.

I even offered to show him a copy of the Colorado Revised Statute regarding the closure of waterways (which I keep a copy of in my car just for these types of instances) but he told me that I better not argue with him.

All in all this guy was just power trippin'. There were kayakers, rafters, and canoeists in the water the day before, as well as after me yesterday. He just didn't like being told he was incorrect and acted in an unprofessional manner once he was.

I did contact the police department and sherrif's dept. to make them aware of the situation as well as to provide them with a correct copy of the law as they were allegedly the ones this officer got his information from.

I'm not going to make a big issue of it, because as gh pointed out, it would be a big waste of my time and effort. But thank god for the advocacy groups such as ACA & CWWA that fight for our rights as recreational water users.

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Old 05-31-2005   #12
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you deserve some police harassement, dengenerate. Its just a little payback for all of those easy loops in Salida

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Old 05-31-2005   #13
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Business Card

If you never got the business card as required by law, I would notify the police of this facet as well. It seems like a power trip is less likely if the cop is aware of his accountability.

Also, the story as you described sounds like harassment. I would probably file a report but don't let me, (or the cop) tell you what to do.

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Old 05-31-2005   #14
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We had some Barney Fife Sheriff decide to "close" the Murtaugh section of the Snake several years back (1995?)... the last time it had really high water. Sheriff Fife hereby declared the Milner and Murtaugh sections of the Snake River "closed" for reasons of "safety" and posted signs as well as his minions at the take-out and put-in to ticket kayakers. After a day or so of being harrassed and having to sneak past these deputies....who flexed their badge at every opportunity....A freind published an article in the Twin Falls newspaper suggesting that since the Sheriff (in his infinite wisdom of rivers & river running) had declared the river "unsafe".....that it.. in turn, makes sense that later in the year, when the water levels drop, the sheriff pronounces it "safe" again, and the kayakers are permitted back on the river.....that anyone suffering any-type of injury in the river canyon should promptly sue the Sheriff's office and argue that Officer Fife and his minions are obviously liable because they had in their official capacity assumed responsibility for determining what was and was not in their apt judgement "safe" for the public. Of course, my buddy Bill (the author) was being sarcastic about sueing the Sheriff's office but, his article prompted the county commissioners to re-evaluate Sheriff Fife's decision and resulted in the river being "opened" the very same day the article ran. Ironically, the river had increased in a few more 1,000 cfs than the previous days of "closure". I don't know why restrictions are being put on Boulder creek ....but I love telling this story.
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Old 05-31-2005   #15
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Twitch - Thanks for the heads up on the five-o! We didn't have any run-ins with the Barney! I was on the creek Sun and Mon. G. Lacy was even out there in rafts. To bad they didn't har(D)rass him.
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Old 05-31-2005   #16
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Boulder Cops are idiots. These guys wouldn't know logic and respect if it slapped them in the face. The freakin loser you talk about was so insecure that you crushed his little ego by illuminating the nature of his ignorance.

Good for you... and sadly this same chump is off harassing other people with his "do no wrong" omnipresent 3rd grade behavior.

What we need is accountability and professionalism in law enforcement. It's not likely that we'll see this anytome soon in Boulder!
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Old 06-03-2005   #17
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police suck

fuck the police
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Old 06-08-2005   #18
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Thank you to whomever forwarded this thread on to the City Council office. I spoke with internal affairs this morning and they were already aware of the situation because this thread got in front of the right people.

Chrispy, I do believe they want to talk to you about your potty mouth though.
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Old 06-08-2005   #19
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I am glad to hear that this thread got in front of the eyes of city council members in Boulder. Sometimes it's just knowing the right people to get information to. Good luck and happy boating... without intimidation from the po-po.

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Old 06-08-2005   #20
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Here is the Boulder City Council and Mayors email address. I would recommend taking a moment and everyone sending them an e-mail to voice your concerns about the performance of thier officers and a obvious lack of professionalism.

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