I was arrested for "Interfering with a Police Officer" on
Friday night while observing a cop giving a couple of kids a
Here is the situation as I recall it.
Walking North on 21st with a friend I noticed two police cruisers parked in the parking lot of the convenience store on the corner of 21st and Division. As we approached I notice that the one cops attitude (two present) towards the two youths he was interrogating seemed to be overly aggressive, I stopped to observer.
Almost immediately after I stopped the cop turned his aggression towards me. He said something to the effect of "Is there something you want?" in a very angry tone.
I said no, that I was just observing. He then told me I had to leave, as he charged towards me. I said that I felt I had a right to stand there (at LEAST 35 feet away). He said that I would be arrested if I didn't leave. Not wanting to get arrested I said fine and asked for some identification. Specifically, I asked for a business card. He made some comment about his uniform being enough identification. I then started to object to this because I wanted his identification to file a complaint. I wasn't given an opportunity to finish this sentence because he had already thrown me against the car and was putting cuff on me.
Not only did I not refuse to obey his orders. I said that I would leave and asked for identification. (I said something to the effect of "OK, I'll leave" when he told me to depart or I will be arrested).
This cop is a loose cannon. His name is J. Letter. For that matter, he isn't a very good cop as cops go either. He searched me from head to toe (looking for drugs) including inside my hat and under the tongues of my shoes. Needless to say he didn't find any drugs, he also didn't find a hunting knife in a sheath on my belt easily reachable even while cuffed. The dumb ass put me in the car
with it on still. It wasn't taken from me until I told one of the Mult. county cops during the booking process that it probably would be a good idea to take such things from people they are arresting.
My court date is set for 5/15 at 1 P.M. They sent my case to community court where they are going to expect me to plead guilty, do 20 hours of community service and write an essay about what I did wrong. I'm going to plead not guilty and exercise my write to a jury trial.
Should be fun!!
If anyone has a good lead for an attorney, I could use one!!