General Lobster raises some VERY good questions. In essence, yes, the cops failed to bust Terrence on double-edge so they fabricated a concealed carry charge. The photos proved otherwise. I told him several times to sue the HELL out of 'em for perjury and wrongful prosecution but he didn't want to deal with it.
The truth is, until one of these dirty cops and their departments get *seriously* penalized for this BS they'll keep doing it. CCW bias and corruption is the same way, nothing will change until one department is made to PAY...so far, it's been just settlements where they fixed things, or promised to.
Now, in Terry's case there were a whole lot of things that went wrong at once. There were swords involved, #1...Terry is rather "counter-culture-looking", not a druggie but he's 20, leather trenchcoat, the double-edge piece was exposed on his ankle because he'd run out of exposed real estate on his belt (the area not hidden by the coat), he had long hair, shaved sides of head and a goatee.
THAT DOESN'T MAKE IT RIGHT, no question, but...hmmm. It did raise his odds of being harassed.
My suggestion: if you open-carry big, legal but controversial cutlery it's a good idea to have lots of people you know be able to say you always open-carried - IN CASE you get a cop who doesn't like knives try and lie to nail you on a concealed bust. In my case, I talk about my open-carry methods on the forums, lots of people have seen my rig, if worst came to worse I could give a strong impression that I know CA knife laws pretty damn well. All that could indeed end up as evidence. I've recently had two Richmond police officers see The Outsider's full sheathed length, I passed the "attitude check", offered to let 'em sit on it (they were taking me to recover my stolen bike in the back of their car) and basically, they were a bit surprised but not unpleasant or unprofessional. No problemo. I think the odds of me having to print out every sheath and knife law discussion I've ever been involved in and have them read to a jury are quite low, but I realize it's possible.
And I guarantee this: if I can show it's a false concealed charge, I'm gonna sue and sue BIG. Nothing else will stop this from happening to anyone else.
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