Police officers in Santa Fe, N.M. recently started using unmanned speed-enforcement vehicles to ticket heavy-footed motorists. It hasn't exactly been a popular endeavor.

One disgruntled man took his dissatisfaction to another level in the wee hours of Wednesday, April 11, firing at least five rounds from a handgun at the vehicle, which sustained minor damage.

Video cameras inside the police SUV captured the incident. Upon examination, the tape showed an elderly gentleman with a flowing mane of white hair, wearing what appears to be a nightgown of some sort, approach the vehicle.

As he fires his weapon from approximately 10 feet away, he mutters something inaudible, then gets back into his own vehicle, believed to be an Audi SUV or wagon. Police say only 3 of his 5 shots hit the vehicle.

The victim vehicle, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports, had been left overnight on Bishops Lodge Road, north of downtown, and is out of commission while being repaired.

Many critics have complained about "Big Brother" recording their whereabouts as well as inaccurate tickets with high fees. Police are hoping release of the video results in the assailant's arrest. He'll be on the hook for something more serious than a speeding ticket.



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      Mr. Finkelstein
      • 3 Years Ago
      maybe he was using a Taurus!
      vonpappenheim
      • 3 Years Ago
      While this guy's actions may be a bit extreme, I think "Big Brother" is getting too extreme in its efforts to spy on us, take away our rights, and get total control over the population. While I always do my best to do the speed limit and understand that the police need to keep people safe, it has been proven that it is far more about money than it is about safety. I recall many years ago having an old law professor who told how he was on the board that developed Louisiana's very first set of state traffic laws back in the 1920's. He said that when they laid out their goals for these laws they stated that the #1 goal was revenue, NOT safety. Personally, I don't like the idea of being spied on 24/7 by a government that has far outgrown its constitutional contraints and I'm sure most people feel the same way- law-abiding or not. It is easy to say that as long as you are obeying the law you have nothing to fear, but all this technology being used supposedly to keep the peace can easily be perverted and used against the people, just as it has been in totalitarian regimes like China, N. Korea, Russia, and Nazi Germany. I do not trust this or any government with such power.
      • 3 Years Ago
      He did commit a crime when he shot the "unmanned vehicle" but he does have a right to object to the harrassment by big brother. If the government wants to fill their coffers with income from tickets, then get the cops out there to do their jobs instead of sitting behind a desk and pushing pencils around.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good for the old guy..speed traps should have real people running them ..devices used can be inaccurate and you have no way to defend a ticket against a machine..should be against the law to begin with....big brother being used in local law enforcement....who's next?
      dontcalld
      • 3 Years Ago
      speeding is speeding; sped kills and endangers - i live on a residential street where drivers use it to avoid a main street, thusly avoiding the police presence - turn this around it won't be the police radar vehicle i need to stop
      bigcomode
      • 3 Years Ago
      yes it was great we need more people to do this next time use gas burn the dam car up
      kevinhindmanlive
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is Another reason I love living in Germany, I can drive 150MPH and never get bothered by the Polizei.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This man was simply protecting our rights and I'd like to shake his hand! The word "Privacy" needs to be re-defined. It's not just unmanned vehicles (that WE paid for)! It's face scanning cameras at intersection crossings and spy drones! Those filthy TSA and their naked body scanners ... perfect job for the pedophiles! You can't walk outside w/o being watched. These horrible spy drones can see right through your walls. For those that don't believe, please take 5 minutes to research before bashing me. Peace and kudos to this patriot!
      meezmos
      • 3 Years Ago
      If a human cop isnt there to give you a ticket, you shouldnt get one. Red light cameras are dangerous and only done to make money. If cops in every city want tom make money, all they need to do is start handing out tickets for turn signal violations, because very few people use them in california, and its dangerous because people change lanes without looking and I believe using the turn signal starts a process-signal, look, turn- that makes the driver conscious of their actions and creates a safer environment for everyone. I was hit on the freeway last week on my motorcycle because someone just changed lanes without signaling or looking, and I could see that he never looked.
      Tutu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Senility at work.
      LL
      • 3 Years Ago
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      jorgel4444
      • 3 Years Ago
      George Orwell’s novel “1984” is about the systematic erosion of an individual’s constitutional rights by a totalitarian government; maybe he should have entitled his book “2012”.
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