According to the Detroit News, owners and patrons of a private club in Detroit are pissed off after a raid by sheriffs deputies and state and municipal cops in which hundreds of men and women were cited for “loitering in a place where drugs and drug paraphernalia were sold, given away, stored or dispensed.”
Seventy 70 cars were seized, including the car of a woman who was at home during the raid.
But club owner Marzell Anderson insists there was no illegal activity at his private club, and claimed the raid was just a “money grab” to charge his patrons $900 apiece get their vehicles back. Anderson, who is pursuing a lawsuit, was jailed for three days, but released without charges.
“If there was drugs and prostitution going on, why didn’t they charge me (with those crimes)? The police out-and-out stole those people’s cars,” said Anderson, who opened the club two years ago.
Why do cops arrest people who haven’t committed a crime and seize their property? The answer is, simply, because they can. Don’t count on your fellow citizens to come to your rescue of your civil liberties are being trampled. As long as it’s you and not them, they really just don’t give a shit.
Paulina Grady was among those inside the club during the raid. She said she was strip-searched by male and female officers.
“They said whoever didn’t have panties or bras on would be charged with prostitution,” said Grady, who was ticketed for loitering. “They lifted my dress to see if I was wearing panties.”
Wonderful. The lack of panties is yet another innovative technique to identify prostitutes aside from how many condoms they are carrying.
If population growth is any measure of a great city, then it’s no wonder Detroit has lost half its population since 1950. Will the last one out please turn out the lights?