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Opinion Essay

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Why do police officers believe that they can harass and threaten innocent civilians just because they are different looking teenagers? I think that if a police officer sees a kid that is on a skateboard or has baggy clothes they take them for a bad person and think it's alright to harass them even without just cause. Another opinion I have about cops is that they are not on your side they were just kids who got harassed in school ad are getting revenge on society. The reason I have these opinions is because all officers that I have come in contact with has only been rude. Whatever happened to officer ...view middle of the document...

One example of needless police harassment I have encountered personally would be. One day last summer my friend and I were sitting on some benches talking about skateboarding when a young cop rode up on his pricey mountain bike and told us we couldn't be on the benches and we had to "keep moving". So we asked him why we had to move and not the elderly couple a few benches in back of us. He said that we were not to be trusted and if we didn't leave we would be placed under arrest for disturbing the peace. Well we argued about it for awhile but we soon realized there was no use so we just started walking away. Of course he had to get the last word in and he told us we would be arrested by the end of the day. This seemed funny to us because neither of us had been arrested before so we took part in laughing at him before walking away. Later that day my friend and I were having a minor argument with a kid that led in us being arrested by this same police officer. The funny part was the other end of the argument didn't get arrested but we were and the both of us were being charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. The funny part about this arrest was that it never should have been one and the only reason it was ,was because the officer didn't like us. So before you let a cop harass you just know that they have more rights than you and it's you word against theirs.

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