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Ensuring the safety of the neighborhood!

This is simply an indicident that happened to me earlier today where I believe my rights may have been violated.

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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concerned citizen February 21, 2013 at 07:15 PM
That is why no one likes cops. They always treat the normal citizens like the criminal with out proof of a crime but the real criminals they treat like they are god card members. They go by looks and how you talk to them and if you even say one thing wrong they make up stuff just to beat you and put you on jail. And for this guy do you think a criminal would walk around wearing a ski mask on a main road you must not have enough training in the academy.
marie bartkowski February 21, 2013 at 08:05 PM
sorry for mistakes was on phone typing should be correction New Falls RD wisterwood Wister road
andrew pearse February 21, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Thank you everyone for their responses, it means a lot to know that people care about what is going on in and around their neighborhood. I don't ever blog, but this was something that certainly cooled me down after an irritating incident. I hope this encourages others to do this same. Not only did it help deflate my frustration but I also hope it makes it less possible for people like Officer Tilloon to act like they are above the law, showing little or no human decency to someone strictly because of their looks or because they are having a bad day. I would really appreciate if someone could find reports of this blonde haired robber who has apparently been thieving on multiple occasions lately.
dawn February 22, 2013 at 01:21 PM
This is such a touchy subject. Its a shame ... our system is so broken. There are so many cops who have ego issues and treat everyone like dirt, then there are cops who are great and simply want to protect us. I think the balance has shifted and we have to few honest hard working cops. As of late it seems bending rules and feeling superior are far more important. I dont have an issue that he stopped to talk to you, as crime is horrible here recently, our quiet safe neighborhoods being taken over by scum. However, ever human being deserves respect until they give a reason not to get it. He could have used a better tone for his questions. Some of these cops get off on power and no one can do anything! Its a shame because these few cops give bad reps to the good ones too.
xb mike February 27, 2013 at 06:31 PM
there are alot of good videos on you tube (10 things not to say to a cop) one video is a 4 parts hosted by a former judge alot of good info. also if your walking down the street you don't hafto show ID

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