This is in accordinance to an event that happened today, February 20th, 2013 at approximately 10:05 a.m. I was peacefully walking down New Falls road on my way to the Bucks County Public Library to print out a resume for an upcoming interview that I have this Friday. About a mile prior to approaching the intersection of the Five Points shopping center, a car whizzed by me at what seemed to be a speed slightly above the legal limit, this caught my attention, as chaos or disorganization naturally does, so I made the mistake of turning my head and taking a second look at the car. Not much more than 5 minutes after this car caught my attention, I heard the screetch of a vehicle behind me, followed by the quick opening of a door and a man directing me to come towards him. Immediately when I was questioned about my current address, my intentions for the day, and if I was currently employed, I was caught off guard. I could tell by the officers demeanor that I wasn't going to be paid much respect during this brief interrogation, so as I was ordered to take out my identification, I also decided that I would record this interaction to give my civil rights some type of security blanket. When the officer noticed this half way through his questioning, he told me I wasn't allowed to be recording him, he also questioned me, "you're going to be an asshole aren't you?". In the entire conversation that is recorded you can certainly hear that if anyone was keeping their composure and being polite in this situation, it was me. To his rudely phrased question, I responsed, "certainly not... I just am curious as to why I'm being stopped?". After I was forced to take my hands out of my pockets and questioned if I had any weapons or drugs this is when I was told, "I stopped you because you are wearing a mask and we got a guy who has been doing a lot of robberies in the area with blonde hair... and a hood up, and the second I drove past you, you looked back which is always a sign of suspicious activity, so I'm just making sure you aren't involved in anything we are looking into." I'm assuming this case is very serious and current, or possibly the officer isn't used to someone dressing appropriately to make a two mile walk in freezing, windy weather. As backup arrived after several more minutes of questions that seemed odd to me like "you working at all?", and "is the address that you're living at court ordered?" I was told that I was able to continue on to the library. I'm not writing this to be a stickler, I'd much rather spend my time on things that are important and conducive to me being happy and successful. I'm not writing this because I want Officer Tilloon/Tiloon to be punished by any means. It sounds terrible to say but I actually hope that these robberies he spoke of did occur and him stopping me was simply just ensuring the safety of the neighborhood. I don't understand much about the interrogation process but maybe the way he asked his questions were approapriate for the purpose of ensuring the safety of the neighborhood. I could imagine as an officer of the law, after dealing with so many criminals, you sometimes lose track of your tone of voice or the appropriateness level of your questions. However in this case, I was offended and irritated. My time was wasted, I was implied to feel guilty, inferior, and embarrassed and this is why I'm simply stating an event that occured and bringing a situation to light in hopes that it was for a good cause; ensuring the safety of the neighborhood. So often this is never done and it reinforces certain public figures to continue negative behaviors as if they are lawful and acceptable, which in this case they very well may be... or they may not be and it is yet another case of profiling and a young man being harrassed and embarrassed for no just reason, with no reasonable doubt at all. Situations like these scare me because words can be exchanged, quick actions can be taken without much thought or witnesses present, and lives can be changed permanently or even lost. Let's not forget the incident with Treyvon Martin. I can only thank the good Lord that I was able to record this entire interaction and that we were located in an intersection with plenty of witnesses. Sincerely, Andrew Jordan Pearse
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