Boy oh boy, do you think that this funeral escort motorcycle driver in the Western Addition has taken steps to appear to be an active-duty peace officer with the SFPD or CHP? Well, I do.
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I’m calling bullshit on the seven-pointed star up front and the squares designed to look like blue lights on the rear. I’ll tell you, there was this whole big deal about officers people in the San Francisco Patrol Special Police wearing seven-pointed stars when really they should all be wearing six-pointers. And blue lights? That should reserved for the real popo, non?
All right, Coastal Motor Escorts, you might have had your application rubber-stamped by the SFPD…
“8. Oliveira, Michael 669 Bridgewater Circle, Danville 94526 Funeral Procession Escort OK Permit; dba “Coastal Motor Escorts, LLC.” Permit #: 139056 District: U ID: 4971″
…but that doesn’t mean you have the right to impersonate police, right?
Now let’s learn a bit about this outfit from the San Jose Mercury News:
“QUESTION: Mr. Roadshow, the other day I had a scary encounter with a gun-toting security guard on a motorcycle while traveling on Interstate 880 in San Leandro. I was traveling with the flow of traffic when a white BMW motorcycle with emergency-type lights with “Coastal Motor Escorts” pulled next to my vehicle and began honking his horn and shaking his fist at me. I looked down and noticed my speedometer showed I was going 67 mph. I continued to drive and the motorcycle security guard pulled behind my vehicle and began flashing his high-beam lights at me. I was not sure if I should pull over or continue. There was no funeral procession or other activity and this guy was traveling alone.”
Read on for more deets of this encounter, be my guest.
And this isn’t just in Frisco – read on about what happens elsewhere.
So, I know all the reasons why motorized security guards would like to be perceived as being currently-employed peace officers, but I don’t agree with what Coastal Motor Escorts is doing in San Francisco.
I cry foul.