I spent nearly thirty years living in Berkeley. In my time there, I -- and many of my friends -- feel law enforcement changed from helpful -- if not exactly friendly -- to less than helpful and officious ... downright aggressive at times. Perhaps that is true of many places, but it's certainly not the case in the communities where I live now.
I might add that prior to leaving town we suffered a theft. A significant artwork was taken. I wanted to file a police report and I couldn't believe the arm twisting BPD undertook to discourage me from filing a report. Finally I had to ask "Am I allowed to file a report?" They wouldn't give me a yes or no answer and continued to discourage. I finally asked "Yes or no?" Only then did I get a yes. I was told to file it by computer. They didn't have time to take it in person.
I might add that I found a similar transformation happened in the general population itself. On a visit a few months back, I took Sherlock, my beagle, to Barney's for lunch. We were the first to sit on the patio but were soon joined by a family with a young child. They sat across the aisle from us and within minutes the child was making his way over to strike the dog ... in full view of the parents. After the second incident, I politely asked the parents if they would restrain the child. They informed me "He's just expressing himself." When I retorted that I wouldn't be responsible for the nip when my dog expressed himself, they were furious. The mother scolded "How dare you not manage your dog!" I doubt she or her husband ever comprehended their hypocrisy. Moreover, they continued to intentionally disturb me through the rest of my meal.
Yes, that's one incident, but it's too much akin to others that have become more and more common over the years. Heck in recent years I've found Berkeley residents far less mannered that those of any of the other places that I regularly spend time.
Edited by RSS - 4/20/16 at 12:41pm