Well, gee, this is new.
First of all, I’ve never seen the SFPD driving around in one of their new-fangled Ford Taurus POLICE INTERCEPTERS*
And second of all, I can’t recall seeing the SFPD using handheld radar guns pointed out the rolled-down window of a radio car,** in all my years.
An officer “likes” his Kustom Signals Directional Talon Radar Gun, pointed southward on Masonic Boulevard over the Labor Day weekend:
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A bystander on one of the gratuitously super-wide sidewalks of Masonic said that this cop using radar on this street was, “an outrage, an illegal outrage.”
Which I don’t think is true, actually.
The SFPD has said for a long time it uses radar for speed enforcement, but its spokespeople are cagey about it, I don’t know why.
Now I’ll tell you, this scene was south of Fulton (which of course has a much higher maximum speed (35 MPH at least in the Richmond)), compared with Masonic’s 25 MPH) betwixt Hayes and Grove and most of the speeding goes on north of Fulton, in the hilly area south of Anza, where there are just two signals and they are more or less synced.
Anyway, in a land where we can’t put up proper cell phone towers, the police are allowed to point radar guns at you from cars.
*Which is just a ridiculous name for a car. Intercepter actually can mean something in a military*** setting, but using the term for a regular old police car is 100% marketing. How about “heavy-duty” or “police special” instead, Ford, you know, for your ugly, ugly big-on-the-outside, small-on-the-inside Taurus?
**Radar carts, sure, and the motor patrol, sure, but not from a parked car.
***Yes, the US Coast Guard is a branch of the military, the smallest branch, AAMOF.