Police Brutality in Anywhere, USA Essay

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After our marching band's performance at a football game was cancelled because of lightning, about six or seven of the band members (including a few student leaders) sat around shooting the breeze, not fighting, not smoking, not drinking, not being loud. An unmarked police car rolled up and our conversation stopped as we turned our attention to him.

 

In an acrid and condescending tone, the policeman pointed a finger to the exit of the parking lot and said, "Out."

 

"Okay, just give us a moment to figure out what we can do," we replied. We wondered if Friendly's was still open, and asked the officer, who gave us a cold look.

 

"You can get out now, or in 20 minutes I can start writing tickets for
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My friend and I, both student leaders, got out of the car to address the situation.

 

The officer, frantic and quite enraged at his own idiocy, pointed a menacing finger at me, "Let me see your ID."

 

"Why do want to see my ID?" I asked, because I was the passenger.

 

"Let me see your ID!" he demanded. I asked why again, reminding him that it was a legitimate question. Getting the same non-answer, I started to hand him my license. He all but ripped it from my hand.

 

"And may I have your name?" I asked. He is Detective X.

 

"A fine representation of the Marching Knights you are!" he yelled. I must have missed the meeting that decided nothing cordial will be said by, and no questions will be asked of, an officer of the law. Even though my parents pay him his salary, he is above acting like a decent human being. His last name sounded familiar. I should have known better than to ask if I knew his son. The officer's eyes widened and he yelled, "You leave my family out of this!" I guess that was his way of saying yes.

 

As three more police cars showed up, Officer X instructed everyone to go home except for me and my friend. He said he knew everyone had junior licenses and would be out past curfew, when actually the only one who did was rear-ended by a cop, which caused him to stay out way past curfew (nice irony). Officer X also suggested, very rudely, that a

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