Q: My family was driving down the road the other day when a police car was driving by with the lights on and my dad said to my mom, “There goes the fuzz!” I asked him what that was and he said that’s what the police used to be called. We all laughed because I have never heard of this — is this really true?
A: I have not heard that one used for a long time. The “fuzz” was a derogatory slang term for police officers used in the late 60s/early 70s, popular among hippies. The research I have done states it originated in England as it referred to the felt covering on the helmet worn by members of the Metropolitan Police Service.
Q: I received a call from someone claiming to be a detective from Florida, who said he was on a nationwide task force. He started asking me a bunch of personal questions about my ex-boyfriend, who got mixed up in some drug stuff. The detective told me if I did not cooperate that I was subject to arrest. I don’t think I have done anything wrong, can they really come and arrest me just for dating someone who is in trouble?
A: I always say: Please do not ever believe people on the phone. It could be anyone on the other end pretending to be someone. If a police officer or detective wants or needs to talk with you, they will either come and see you in person or, if out of the state, have a local department contact you for them. Never give anyone you don’t know personal information over the phone.
Q: I am afraid that I am in some trouble. I was walking home from school and a friend of mine stopped and asked me if I wanted a ride. I then got into his car and we drove around for a while and we did smoke some weed, and then he took me home. The next day I found out that he had stolen this car and was arrested for it and also possessing marijuana. Can they come and arrest me? I swear I had no idea about the stolen car.
A: I suggest considering this a learning experience. You are not likely to be in any trouble if what you have described is true. However, it could have gone very badly if you were caught in the car, especially under the influence or in possession of marijuana.
Q: I read in the newspaper that someone was recently arrested for “battery by strangulation.” What exactly does this mean? Wouldn’t that just kill someone?
A: This law was created in 2007, largely to impose harsher penalties on men who strangle women in domestic violence situations. Strangulation is one of the tactics often used by batterers as its effects are more invisible than hitting, slapping or shoving. Strangulation is where, either pressure is applied to the throat or neck of another person, or obstructs the nose or mouth of another person in a manner that impedes normal breathing or blood circulation.
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