Saturday, November 20, 2010

Stopped by the Cops.

I was walking to the bus stop.

And, next thing I know, the police stopped me.  They told me I look like someone they were looking for.  They even asked me for my ID.

I showed them my ID; they didn't say anything further; and they went away.

I have never been stopped by the cops before and was very surprised by the experience.

A part of me wondered what would have happened if I didn't have my ID with me.  Would I have been knocked over, handcuffed and dragged off to jail?  Or even worse?

I think I now understand how some folks feel that they are always being harassed by the police.  In my area, nerves are still frayed over the shooting death of Oscar Grant by a BART police officer.  A BART police officer claimed he was trying to taser Oscar Grant but mistook his gun for a taser.  Instead, he shot him in the back.  Oscar Grant later died.


  1. I grew up in an *ahem* sketchy area of L.A. where this was quite common. The first time though is always scary! Glad you made it through with flying colors.

  2. @Glenn - Thanks. It was definitely an experience.