I've always wondered about unmarked cop cars.
Given how many cops run around in unmarked black Suburbans or minivans or whatnot in the Lower Mainland, how can a citizen protect him/herself when being pulled over by a supposed police car?
Say I am a female driving alone at night on a deserted highway. A black Suburban with flashing lights wants me to pull over, but this could be very bad news for me. It could just be Mr. Rapist trying out his red and blue eBay flashers to hunt for new prey. What should I do?
- As above, how does a citizen protect him/herself?
- Are there any laws governing the officer's use of unmarked vehicles? I know in some States the officer has to be in uniform and show his badge when pulling someone over.
- Why are there so many unmarked cop cars anyway? Given how traffic enforcement is frequently about ambushing the motorists (e.g. hiding with laser behind the bush), this feels awfully like more Gestapo-style police tactics to get more traffic busts and keep people in line (excuse the strong comparison).
Thanks for your presence, BCSB officers. It's not frequent that citizens get to ask questions of street cops in a setting where the cops can just answer honestly and like normal people. You guys rock for donating your time this way.