City Drug Bust on 11th Ave
Leaving the office this evening, I was walking east on Olive between 11th and 12th when I heard someone behind me shout, “GET DOWN! GET DOWN NOW!”
I turned and saw a cop on a bike chasing down a shaggy, shirtless dude wearing a backpack. The cop kept yelling as they guy scrambled to get away. The officer dropped his bike and started after him on foot. After a somewhat Benny Hill (or perhaps Bo Logan)-esque circular chase around the fringes of Cal Anderson Park, the cop tackled the guy onto the street with a sickening crunch. The guy managed to squirm free, but was quickly tackled again on the sidewalk just as 5 or 6 more bike cops and about 7 police cars pulled up, sirens blaring.
They pinned the guy down with a knee in his back and aggressively handcuffed him. The original officer had the guy by the hair and didn’t let go until they had him in the squad car. He kept asking the guy “why he was doing heroin,” and remarked that he, “could smell the heroin on [you].”
It occurred to me a little late that I had my camera with me (I don’t normally carry it), so I snapped some photos of the end of the melee.
This last one was taken with my cell phone earlier in the battle, while they had him pinned down and before I realized I had my real camera in my bag. It doesn’t show any detail, but I think it’s a cool photo anyway. I think the cop on the right might have his gun drawn.
From where I stood (10 feet away), the cops were a bit overly aggressive, but not criminally so. They certainly could have been more restrained, particularly the lead tackle, but he was clearly pretty pumped up from the chase and face plant into the asphalt.
Moral:Running from the cops is stupid. They’re going to catch you, and they’re going to be pissed that you ran.