I have told my children, friends and family to never talk to cops, and most of my family thinks that is just wrong. I mean, “if you have nothing to hide, what can be the harm in talking to a cop?” Well, we all have stuff to hide. Granted, most of us don’t have felonious situations to hide, but how many of us can say we have never been on the wrong side of decision making? Is it worth a criminal record? Forty years ago, a young man drinking and walking home would be escorted back and little Johnny would be dropped off by nice Officer Smith at daddy’s house, where daddy would ensue the proper education and discipline of little Johnny. This young man was born forty years too late:
Teen accepts ride from cop, [and is] arrested
A local teen accepted a ride from a police officer and ended up charged with a felony, according to a recently released Orland Park police report.
The 18-year-old man was walking home from a concert Aug. 6 when an officer spotted him near 82nd Avenue and 151st Street — approximately 12 blocks away from his destination, police said.
After the teen accepted the offer of a ride home, the patrol officer surmised his passenger had been drinking and questioned him about the contents of his knapsack. Rummaging through the bag, the teen appeared to be attempting to hide a container, according to the report. The officer asked for the container and it allegedly contained nine MDMA capsules, weighing 1.4 grams.
The teen was charged with felony possessional of a controlled substance and was cited for violating a local ordinance against underage consumption of alcohol.
Had he never talked to the cop, he would have walked home and slept it off. Now, he will have a felony drug violation on his record for the rest of his life, and good luck with finding a decent job for a solid future after that! Is this really worth destroying lives? Our diligent revenue officers seem to think so.