Be sure to read the article in today's Daily Herald about Friday's night "reverse prostitution" sting in Elgin. You can find it at www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=399209
I don't like stings. My belief is that they often utilize entrapment and are illegal, where they are tobacco, alcohol or prostitution stings.
On Friday night Elgin's finest arrested 11 men. Elgin Police Lt. Glenn Theriault said, "The men approached them (several Elgin officers), offering $20 for sex."
Did he mean that each man individually approached an undercover officer and offered $20? Was the cop wearing a sign that said, "$20"?
I posted the following comment to the Daily Herald article: "Something smells here. I'd like to see the videotapes of the arrests, showing how the "prostitutes" were dressed; what gestures were used, if any; what words were exchanged; who suggested what; how the $20 was negotiated. Re-read the above sentence: "Out of the 11 men arrested on Friday night, 10 had motor vehicles and must pay $1,000 to retrieve them under a separate ordinance." No matter what happens in court, was the City of Elgin $10,000 richer Friday night? Looks like the charges will be heard by an Administrative Adjudication Court judge. Hopefully, all 11 will be smart enough, and rich enough, to get lawyers.
"Residents of every town and city should be outraged by the confiscation authority of police and the exorbitant, extortion-level fees they charge for vehicle impoundment."
Elgin, like too many other communities, has a cash cow loose on its streets. It can, under certain circumstances, confiscate your car and hold it for a huge ransom.
Call your city or town government now and ask what ordinances they have that allow such confiscation and how much the fines and costs are to retrieve a vehicle. Please post it below in comments.
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