Did you know people will torch their cars to commit insurance fraud? It’s a pretty simple scam but usually fails miserably!
When you get pulled over, do you run? Or do you (unhappily) take your ticket and keep driving? Well, that depends if you’re on drugs and not thinking clearly.
Going on ride-alongs doesn’t mean you’re always responding to shootings and drug deals. Sometimes, it means directing traffic around accidents and waiting for tow trucks in 95-degree heat. Yesterday was one of those days.
It was 5AM, I was on a ride-along, and a call came in for suspicious activity. We arrived on scene to see a SUV and a man on a bike tailing a female jogger. A few things were unusual – the time of day, the way the SUV was creeping along, the closeness of the biker and how the woman didn’t appear concerned.
Only in Baltimore. It’s 2AM and we’re sitting at a red light watching a drug deal. The craziest part? I’m sitting in a marked police car with a uniformed officer.
Since September of 2016, I’ve been going on weekly ride-alongs with Baltimore City Police officers. It’s an average of 10 hours per week so here’s the math: 10 (hours) x 25 (weeks) = 250 hours of observation.