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22 June 2002 @ 01:43 pm
so you wanna watch the World Cup  
Cops in SF shut down bars that had opened to serve coffee and allow people to watch the US-Germany World Cup game. This is a classic case of what I call the asshole style of policing. From the uniformity of the enforcement and the earliness of the shutdown times, if this was inspired by noise complaints, it was noise complaints from the previous weekend, not that night. So there was plenty of time to to stop by the bars beforehand, say "I know you've been staying open for the World Cup, but we've been getting noise complaints, and your permit doesn't cover it. We really can't allow it any more." If they can organize enough cops to do a mass raid at 4:30 am, they can certainly manage to visit the bars during the week.

Everyone wins. If there are really people who are putting in noise complaints, they won't be getting woken up at 4:30 am before the cops actually shut it down. The patrons get a chance to make alternate plans. The bar owners get a chance to make their protests to City Hall instead of angrily in the middle of the night. The employees don't have to get up early to be there. The cops don't have to deal with a potentially unruly crowd.

Everyone benefits. Except, of course, whoever in the heirarchy though their cop resume would be buffed by a nice public big raid and crackdown. It's not a behavior that is limited to cops, and it's not a behavior that cops uniformly engage in, but it so annoys me when it occurs.
It's a new dawn, a new daybirdsflying on June 22nd, 2002 02:13 pm (UTC)
But if they didn't do that, what else could they do to justify their donut and coffee expenses? Heaven forbid they actually solve crime! [/sarcasm] :g:

The mind just boggles, really it does. And yes, I agree, your suggestion would have worked far better.
Lauratavella on June 23rd, 2002 06:09 pm (UTC)
SF cops don't actually have that bad a rep for dealing with the public. Nothing like LAPD. But assholes happen in every bureacracy.
Karenkaren51 on June 22nd, 2002 02:17 pm (UTC)
Okay, that is just plain stupid
We're going to lose our newly gained respect in the world football community if word of this gets out.

I'm glad to see that Arlington has a more reasonable attitude. Summers has been open all night every night of the World Cup.
Lauratavella on June 23rd, 2002 06:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Okay, that is just plain stupid
I can see why they had to shut them down, if the laws didn't allow it and they were getting noise complaints. And once they shut down one for a noise complaint, they really had to do it to all the bars or get complaints about inequal enforcement. But there was no need to be rude about it.
Karenkaren51 on June 24th, 2002 02:02 am (UTC)
Re: Okay, that is just plain stupid
Yeah, but it's the WORLD CUP!!!! (Can you tell I live in Europe?)
through a door.: allegedly yoursthroughadoor on June 22nd, 2002 05:25 pm (UTC)
not much to say except: one of my all time favorite san francisco memories is showing up at keizer stadium for an *american* football game at seven thirty in the morning and seeing, at the bar across the street, people sitting outside, drinking beer and watching world cup rugby.
Lauratavella on June 23rd, 2002 06:12 pm (UTC)
Not any more this year, apparently. Humph!