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__earth () - 2003-11-15 01:42:13
AAPD sucks coz I was once arrested for felony for throwing a snowball during the annual west quest - south quad snowball fight.

just a voice () - 2003-11-16 11:03:52
hey earth, did they convict you of that felony, or did it just get dropped to something smaller?

__earth () - 2003-11-16 23:40:12
I was not charged. They cited me but I did experience the rough handcuffing.

Art ([email protected]) - 2003-11-17 09:47:57
One intersting thing about Ann Arbor and coolness - claritas.com classifies socioeconomic data by zip code. THey have three demographics that I guess could be classified as cool - City Startup, Boheamian Mix and Young Digerati. None of these are present in Ann Arbor, althouugh they are in the Detroit area.

js ([email protected]) - 2003-11-17 13:26:05
Hey Art, My zip, 48105, which is in Ann Arbor, has Young Influentials, City Startups, New Beginnings, Movers and Shakers and Upper Crust, in differing amounts. And I'm in Ann Arbor. js

anna () - 2003-11-17 15:03:28
I hate to defend anything Annarbour, but vis-a-vis the Ann Arbor police: I wonder if things have changed for the worse in recent years. In my younger and wilder days, my friends and I had a number of close-calls with the A2 police, and actually found them to be pretty understanding and reasonable -- much more so than in other places where they take youthful indescretions more seriously. They even indulged me when I parked my car, forgot where, and reported it stolen. Another time, they came to my apartment when I awoke to the sound of breaking glass and freaked out, afraid that someone had broken into my second-floor studio. They totally indulged my paranoia, searching in the bathroom (including shower) and in my closet. They laughed good-naturedly when they found a drinking glass that had fallen into the sink and shattered (they never even once said, "Um, don't you think that you'd have been able to *see* whoever had 'broken in', given that your entire apartment is one room??" ). On a more serious note, I called once because I heard a woman shriek and then saw a man run down the street; I had a weird feeling (but nothing stronger than that) that the two things were related and that what I'd heard wasn't just drunken silliness. When and explained my hunch, they *immediately* (within about 10 seconds it seemed) sent 4-5 cars down S. Division and were extremely thourough, finding, in a huge dumpster, a can of mace the attacker (yes, it had been a sexual assault) had used. I can't help but wonder if it's city counsel, not the A2 police department, who are responsible for the stupid party patrol stuff. The police don't have a whole lot of control if they are ordered to enforce some dumb ordinance....(or, is it the UM police that are on party patrol? They also don't really have much control over their agenda....).

anna () - 2003-11-17 15:09:13
er... "descretions" is "discretions" and "when and" is "when I called and" (Wish we could edit comments).

Hillary ([email protected]) - 2003-11-18 09:16:35
You're on to something there, Anna. From what we can gather listening to a police scanner, the UofM is not involved with the party patrol. The party patrol is driven by snitches: people walking the neighborhoods of A2 with cell phones, calling the AAPD any time they don't like what they see or hear. We're convinced the city council has a hand in it as well, though we're not sure exactly what to fault them for.

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