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Don't Touch The Man

A tangle with a cop and an achy heart.

The writer appears to present both sides of the story, but leads you to conclude that Pop was arrested while giving an interview to NPR because he couldn't hear and made the friendly gesture of placing his hand on a cop's shoulder. I'm sure there's more to the other side of the story.

But just because we don't have all the information, doesn't mean we shouldn't comment. So what do you think? Were the cops out of line? Was Pop?

I'd especially like to hear from anyone who has experience with law enforcement, on either side of the badge.

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kittles
Apr. 2nd, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it's on video? That would be helpful. Maybe he's a peaceful veteran protester and it was a mistake, or maybe he's the type that likes to create more attention by misbehaving, who knows.

Obama is coming here this weekend. The secret service is doing everything anywhere near him and local cops will be on the fringes. Tensions will be high and everyone will be freaked, I'm sure. When you're guarding a black candidate for president, I'm sure it's a lot like season one of 24, and it doesn't surprise me that a situation might crop up that would not normally be the case.

I would think that, this fellow being the patriot the story makes him out to be, he would understand what happened and why and be forgiving of it.
drmellow
Apr. 3rd, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
That's about the same reaction I had. If you touch a cop who is trying to move you, I can understand that you get arrested. I don't know about getting thrown to the ground, though. *shrug*
sidelobe
Apr. 3rd, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
I guess it all depends on whether the cop felt threatened by Pop. Maybe Pop was frustrated about the cop interrupting his talk with the WFDD reporter, and moved too quickly. Maybe the cop was looking for trouble. Maybe the cop really hates the radio, and was threatened by there being two people there.

It seems to me that the reporter from WFDD might be able to shed light on this. It's hard to imagine how a cop could be threatened by a kind-looking old guy talking to a reporter.

There's little doubt that cops are more nervous these days, often for good reason. And, everybody was probably a little nervous about this particular scene. A Black presidential candidate in a city famous for the Civil Rights Movement would make a great political target, and I'm sure the cops were all on edge.

Yeah, the cops were out of line. There are lots better ways to control a situation than to rough up a peaceful old man. I'm sure that there were plenty of police there, keeping a close eye on each other, ready to aid one another.
virtual_spouse
Apr. 3rd, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
I think the person out of line was the reporter, I would imagine if Pop couldn't hear that at least the reporter heard the cop. He/She should have said something to Pop.
pistos
Apr. 4th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
That aspect left me wondering, as well.

Ultimately,however, I believe the police forces of this nation have lost the ability to reason a situation to its conclusion.
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