If anyone ever has any doubt about why so many people have contempt for police officers, read this article about recent victims of Baltimore’s finest. Here’s the meat and potatoes:
Baltimore City police arrested a Virginia couple over the weekend after they asked an officer for directions. [...]
“In jail for eight hours — sleeping on a concrete floor next to a toilet,” Kelly said. [...]
Hopelessly lost, relief melted away concerns after they spotted a police vehicle.
“I said, ‘Thank goodness, could you please get us to 95?” Kelly said. [...]
“What she said was ‘You found your own way in here, you can find your own way out.'” Kelly said.
Collins said the couple spotted another police vehicle and flagged that officer down for directions. But Officer Natalie Preston, a six-year veteran of the force, intervened.
“That really threw us for a loop when she stepped in between our cars,” Kelly said. “(She) said my partner is not going to step in front of me and tell you directions if I’m not.” [...]
Kelly said. “I obeyed everything — stepped out of the car, put my hands behind my back, and the next thing I know, I was getting arrested for trespassing.”
“By this time, I was completely in tears,” Brook said. “I said, ‘Ma’am, you know, we just need your help. We are not trying to cause you any trouble. I’m not leaving him here.’ What she did was walk over to my side of the car and said, ‘Ok, we are taking you downtown, too.'”
Collins said the couple was released from jail without being charged with anything. Brook is now concerned the arrest may complicate a criminal background check she’s going through in her job as a child care worker.
Collins said police left Kelly’s car unlocked and the windows down at the impound lot. He reported a cell phone charger, pair of sunglasses and 20 CDs were stolen.
The role of the police used to be to protect and to serve. Now it’s more like intimidate, assault, torture, kidnap and murder.