The Cops Know All About You

From the Washington Post:

FRESNO, Calif. — “While officers raced to a recent 911 call about a man threatening his ex-girlfriend, a police operator in headquarters consulted software that scored the suspect’s potential for violence the way a bank might run a credit report.

The program scoured billions of data points, including arrest reports, property records, commercial databases, deep Web searches and the man’s social- media postings. It calculated his threat level as the highest of three color-coded scores: a bright red warning.”

The cops know all about you when they pull you over, pal;

whether you wear dentures or have had a root canal.

Before they write the ticket they have scanned your records back

to your predilection for frankfurters or flapjack.

Ev’rything about you is served up as cyber stew,

to calculate how likely you will lots of trouble brew.

And if they see a red flag on their little dashboard screen,

they’ll taser you for jaywalking or punch you in the spleen.

The cops know all about you, or at least they think they do;

and chances are they’ll treat you like some scofflaw bugaboo.

So better fix your credit score and fix those traffic fines;


otherwise you’ll wind up in the county jail’s confines.


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