This story comes to me from a guest who was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
If it weren’t for the fine folks at a law firm I employ in Indiana, I’d probably be sitting in jail right now. See, because of certain circumstances, I live in an area where the police won’t hesitate to harass the local population.
I get it, okay…being an officer of the law isn’t an easy job, but I keep seeing a common trait among the officers who police my area. Many of them are a little too eager to play “hero” and wind up murdering innocent people each day. If they’re not unjustly killing someone, they’re planting evidence or forcing confessions to meet their quotas.
Of course, not every officer around here is corrupt, but in the heat of the moment, it’s hard to tell who you can trust. I almost made the fatal mistake of believing one when arrested under suspicion of committing a robbery. It was a case of mistaken identity. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and officers just wanted to go home.
I think the suspect had shot someone, and officers felt the pressure of the city to catch them. There was already a lot of tension in the air that summer, and you could feel the hostility. I just had a feeling that something was going to happen, but I never thought I’d be the one caught up in the mix.
Well anyway, I was leaving my favorite convenience store at around 9:00 p.m. when an officer told me to get on the ground. Yes, he was aiming at me, and no, he didn’t tell me my rights or clue me into why he was arresting me. So, I was freaking out at the time, and I was at a loss for words.
Having a gun pointed at you kind of does that, and what choice did I have? He had all the power, and with how nervous he seemed, I didn’t want to lose my life because he was “scared” of me.
Okay ,so let’s fast-forward: I was detained and interrogated after my initial arrest. I didn’t say a word because I had nothing to say.
Luckily, I got in contact with a lawyer who helped me out a lot and pointed out how unprofessional and downright unconstitutional my arrest was. I was even able to sue for emotional distress, and more. Although everything worked out, what if it hadn’t?