Walking through town this afternoon it was sunny and warm reaching the 50 degree mark. Three police officers had a young lady handcuffed ready to haul off when a 3rd and 4th officer came by – that's five police officers plus two more plain clothes dressed in black to one petite young lady who certainly didn't appear to be a threat of any sort to anyone. Two healthy clean-cut kids were watching the whole thing and told me the young lady had been told to stop playing her instrument on the sidewalk, but she had continued to play quietly anyway. The police left and had come back. As the police were taking her off, one of them asked why she was in handcuffs and an officer responded that she had (2) warrants out for her when they ran her name. I thought to myself, they typically run a person's name before leaving the scene and additionally the charges were possibly for smoking a joint of marijuana a very minor offense. She was handcuffed with hands bound behind her back. The clean-cut couple had two more tales to tell of police activity in this neck of the woods– one being that the police had attempted to throw one of the two of them in jail a while ago, and he wasn't even told the reason why and never found out the reason why even after they had come into a restaurant where he was having lunch and took him outside. He was luckier than the young lady today in that his dad had come to his rescue, and he was also under 18 years of age so they couldn't do anything. He further went on to say that he and his family live next door to a local council woman who had some kind of law put on the books here in Vermont whereby you can't bother neighbors with cigarette smoke which meant that since he was a smoker and went out on the porch to have a cigarette it was forbidden because she didn't like it. A person cannot have a cigarette on their own front porch anymore I was told.
The young lady commented that “the police are the front line of the Military.” It is true that men and women in blue are no friend of the people anymore and young kids here in Vermont know that. They appear hard and cold – a complete shift in attitude or maybe because I never had a personal encounter until 2004 when I had a rude awakening. I'll bet this change in attitude has a lot to do with military weapons being handed over to local law enforcement agencies. Perhaps this military might has emboldened them in the same way the weapons have emboldened the 'handlers' - powerful little giants among men ready to wage war full-scale war against the people when given the word. The way things are in this country – and, I see it all around me – it's scary!