police force has declared war on cruising for sex in public
places, according to the Sacramento Bee. The
practice, which takes place at several parks in the
California capital, is being tracked by a detail
of officers led by Sgt. Eric Dias. He told the
newspaper that to find offenders, officers look on
websites that share information on where to go
for public sex.
The units also
analyze which cars park there regularly, and they take
notice when two men "looking like they don't belong together
[walk] out from somewhere."
cross a line," police commander Mark Boettger told the
Bee. "It affects places where children and
families should be able to go without fear or concern of
finding a needle or a finding a condom."
Jon Davidson told the Bee that his organization
has published The Little Black Book, a guide to
cruising from a legal standpoint, since the 1980s. The
book advises people how to stay safe, while not encouraging
people to cruise. Davidson said that such police stings
unfairly target gay men, resulting in faulty arrests.
In California, in order to be arrested for lewd
conduct, there must be an offended party witnessing
the conduct. "If police are doing something to act
interested [in someone's advances] and there's no one
else around, the police have arrested someone for no
crime," he said in the article. (The Advocate)