Yesterday I wrote about being parked in the Jewel-Osco parking lot, well out from the front of the store, to make a cell phone call, when a large white SUV slowly pulled in next to my car. The driver, a large man and known to carry a gun, stared at me for about 30 seconds and then backed out of the angled parking space and drove away.
A Woodstock police officer was called, somewhat reluctantly took my report (but did not write down anything that I told him while we were talking) and gave me a Report Number, because I insisted on it.
Today I contacted Jewel-Osco and Golden Eagle Community Bank to ask if their surveillance cameras covered the parking lot; they do. I sent emails to Chief Lowen and requested that the recordings be viewed.
Here's the answer to those requests: "No further investigation is necessary. No crime took place."
I guess the Chief doesn't consider it unusual that a sheriff would unnecessarily pull in and park next to a car driven by a person known to publicly question many activities and incidents of the Sheriff's Department, stare at that driver for 30 seconds, then back out and drive away.
What about intimidation? Attempted intimidation? Under the color of the law/badge? I'll bet I can find a statute that prohibits such actions by police officers.
Or maybe Disorderly Conduct? Was I alarmed? Disturbed? Was my peace breached? Did I rush home and check my life insurance policies to make certain the beneficiary designations were up-to-date?
Or maybe the "Check Engine" light on that SUV had just come on and the audio warning system had said to him, "Pull over immediately. Stop for 30 seconds and look out the right window while you are waiting. Then continue driving."
I'm sure glad that I went ahead this morning and followed advice that was provided to me by half a dozen readers. You were right.
I can't wait to read Ofc. Branum's report. He said that, if I made a report, he would have to call Sheriff Nygren and ask him what had happened. I asked him to include the Sheriff's response in his report or in a supplementary report. I wonder if he did.
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