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“I’m just giving you a heads-up,” said the officer in the recording. “Just trying to be Officer Friendly right now.” That was his reply to a civilian’s assurance that he wouldn’t run — and that was the civilian’s reply to Officer Friendly’s heads-up that “if you f--- with me, I’m going to break your leg before you get the chance to run.” See ...“friendly”! As further evidence of the officer’s caring feelings, the recording of a traffic stop in Minneapolis, Minn., has this exchange: “Can you tell me why I’m being arrested?” “Because I feel like arresting you.” The people who were stopped and handcuffed (but ultimately not arrested) on suspicion of having stolen their car were of Somali background; they say that the officer was unjustly disrespectful and that they think he racially profiled them. A police representative said that the matter was being investigated, and if the press wanted more information, it should file a request. (AC/KMSP Eden Prairie) ...Such friendliness is why Americans all love and trust our police.
Original Publication Date: 03 May 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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