Police Log Comics
September 7, 2012 3:52 PM   Subscribe

Police Log Comics is a webcomic adapted from the police log of the Carmel Pine Cone.
posted by brundlefly (28 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
If the name sounds familiar, the Pine Cone has an abnormally high profile at the moment because of an interview they just published.
posted by brundlefly at 3:53 PM on September 7, 2012

Clint Eastwood also served a term as Mayor during the 80s. "A focal point of Eastwood's campaign was to overturn a law that banned eating ice cream in public."
posted by Gary at 4:05 PM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

I knew about his term as Mayor, but not about his position on public ice cream eating.
posted by brundlefly at 4:08 PM on September 7, 2012

I'm just going to assume Clint was involved in every single one of these incidents somehow. Especially this one.
posted by grapesaresour at 4:10 PM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

Invisible Ice Cream?
posted by HuronBob at 4:11 PM on September 7, 2012

These comics are doing an amazing job of subverting my expectations for a standard three-panel narrative arc.

They are crazy pants.
posted by voltairemodern at 4:13 PM on September 7, 2012 [3 favorites]

These are so spot on. I'm surprised there's no weed citations, though. Oh, wait! #8 Phew. Much better.

A good friend of mine grew up in and lives in Carmel Valley. Apparently Clint's a jerk about water rights, too.
posted by smirkette at 4:14 PM on September 7, 2012

posted by brundlefly at 4:16 PM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]

posted by rollbiz at 4:37 PM on September 7, 2012

Way weirder.
posted by rollbiz at 4:38 PM on September 7, 2012

Also weird.

These are really great, but yeah. Some weird shit happens in Carmel!
posted by grapesaresour at 4:47 PM on September 7, 2012

Heh! I've read the Pine Cone (my sister lives in Pebble Beach). The editorials provoke much eyerolling.

I like reading my local Patch police reports, especially when it's about kids throwing sticks at geese or drunken vacuuming or the case of the Safeway guitarist. I wish someone would do a webcomic based on those.

The Berkeley Patch police blotter writer used to be pretty amusing, but I think they changed writers.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 4:52 PM on September 7, 2012

These are really great - thanks!
posted by mosk at 5:05 PM on September 7, 2012

Imma let you finish but the Arcata Eye Police Log is the best police log of all time.
posted by mollymayhem at 5:17 PM on September 7, 2012 [3 favorites]

Sadly, the Arcata Eye doesn't do the HSU Lumberjack's Bong Tally.
posted by smirkette at 5:19 PM on September 7, 2012

Well, does Arcata have trouble dogs?
An officer returned a call regarding a report that dogs were chasing donkeys on South 16th Avenue.

Deputies were dispatched to a home after a 911 hang up call. The resident's dog had sat on the phone and pushed the emergency dial button.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 6:02 PM on September 7, 2012

The "weird" comics all read as a woman being or feeling threatened, to me. =(
posted by kavasa at 6:55 PM on September 7, 2012

Imma let you finish but the Arcata Eye Police Log is the best police log of all time.

so good:

A caller at an Arcata Heights bank reported that he had been threatened by someone who “kicked a bush.” Stating that he was speaking on a cell phone in public, he refused to answer a dispatcher’s questions and had no description of the suspect. He wouldn’t identify himself by name, but gave his Social Security number and birth date. He wanted police to go after the alleged threatener, but was told he’d have to meet with an officer and identify himself. He didn’t want to do that, so the upshot is, a craven bush-kicker roams among us with impunity.
posted by oneirodynia at 7:49 PM on September 7, 2012

Someone called the police because they heard someone playing the flute? And the police came out?

I like the woman who reported that that the Mafia had taken her keys out of her purse and put them in her front pocket. I had a friend who was always complaining about the Communists doing things like that to him. It is sad that her mind is not all there, but I think that sometimes, as long as no one is being hurt, it is okay to recognize the humor that sometimes comes with sad situations.
posted by eye of newt at 9:05 PM on September 7, 2012

And I love the police blogs put to watercolors. Talk about never having to run out of interesting things to paint!
posted by eye of newt at 9:07 PM on September 7, 2012

I would like to mock this. But I find I cannot. Life's just weird like this, for everyone.
posted by SPrintF at 9:55 PM on September 7, 2012

reminds me of one I read in the Berkeley police blotter just today:
Three adult male victims, not affiliated with UCB, went to People’s Park with the intent to buy drugs from a drug dealer. They approached the suspect and asked if he sold drugs. The suspect pulled out a handgun from his waist and demanded wallets from the victims. The victims handed over their wallets and then ran away.
posted by mulligan at 10:13 PM on September 7, 2012

I wish there was something the police could have done about this, the priest I mean, racist motherfucker
posted by Blasdelb at 5:25 AM on September 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

I know this is not about Arcata, but the turn of phrase at the end here is just brilliant.
11:19 a.m. A woman called about two skunks running around in the 1900 block of 11th Street, one with a jar on its head. As she spoke with the dispatcher, the SkunkGyver broke the jar and liberated itself from its jam.
posted by maryr at 7:18 AM on September 8, 2012

I'm fascinated by how bizarrely existential some of these are, while others show the utter banality of some police complaints - for example:
VS I think the consistent use of the passive voice really lends an odd, Lynch-ian feeling to these. But then it seems most police blotters are like this. Even the consistently good BPD News slips into this type of odd, "X was reported by distressed sightseer; no evidence of crime was found and no suspect was seen by officers on the scene" type of reporting. Guess it comes with the territory.
posted by cyclotronboy at 8:33 AM on September 8, 2012

Ah, I lived in Monterey for four years. Reading the police log in the Carmel Pine Cone was an important part of the weekend brunch experience, especially when we had guests from out of town.

The Carmel Pine Cone police log gives a good sense of the general vibe of the area.

One time the Salinas police log had an article about a stolen spaceship, but apparently that was inserted by a hacker. So sad.
posted by rednikki at 10:18 AM on September 8, 2012

I bet you Félix Fénéon would be a great police blotter writer.
posted by Catchfire at 12:04 PM on September 8, 2012

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