Before moving to California we used to sit and watch programs like COPS, the chases always kept us on the edge of our seats and made you wonder just when the old PIT maneuver was coming or else why these people were even trying to outrun the cops.
Since we moved here we no longer watch these programs, with about 340 chases a year in this area and just four in the last week, all we have to do is watch the evening news and see the drama as it unfolds.
What do you think about seeing a wild car chase with money flying out the windows? This actually happened yesterday in LA, I don’t think it was one of our politicians fulfilling a campaign promise late in the game, but actually a bank robbery gone wrong.
To make a long story short and not repeat the newscast, a bank robbery resulted in a car chase ending up in South Los Angeles, a stolen SUV flying down residential streets with the suspects throwing money out the windows.
People watching the chase on TV ran into the streets to scoop up the cash, once the suspect vehicle was blocked and officers were attempting to arrest them, a crowd of about one hundred people surrounded them attempting to get their share of the free money so to say.
The officers had to call for backup, to control the crowd LAPD was forced to come out in riot gear to restore order, people were actually running out into the streets behind the suspect vehicle, causing police vehicles to swerve and brake in an attempt to miss them.
One woman was witnessed jumping into the suspect vehicle while the arrests were being made but she got away, no one knows if she took anything with her but I lay odds she picked up some cash, a man was taken to the hospital with complaints that he was struck by a police vehicle, I smell a lawsuit, and a fight broke out at the arrest scene with one woman claiming the police had laid hands on her daughter and grand baby, the daughter was said to be one of the robbers “Baby Momma” and the child his, my question is why were they at the arrest scene?
Police claim to have a geo tagging device that marks the location of items thrown from a fleeing vehicle, this is well and good but I don’t see any of the money being found lying on the street, because as one resident put it “This is our neighborhood stimulus package”
Several people were interviewed on the news, I had to laugh at the amounts of money they claimed to have picked up, one young woman said she only found two dollars, another said he ran after the suspects while the money was flying out the windows but never picked up any money, another said he had a substantial amount and planned to turn it in, although at the time of the newscast last night no money had been recovered.
The news is amazing, and the actions of people are scary at times, how much money do you really think will be turned back in? What would you do if you saw money flying out of a car window while being chased by the police?
I don’t see myself jumping into the path of a patrol car to pick up cash, and I would hope that if I were in this situation, I would realize the money in my hand does not belong to me.