Sunday, May 6, 2018
I did a beat on Cinco de Mayo. I was covering a main corner, knowing bars have a tendency to have rowdy customers during drinking holidays. I was barely noticed in the first half, one being that it was night, and two, there were a lot of evil eyes. I managed to avoid them. I was exact on patrols, even more than my rookie year, covering side streets and alleys. Ironically, in an alley I lost my bluetooth earpiece. Not necessary, knowing I have a mouth and an ear to use. I walked down & noticed a bike officer listening to a local street performer. Who knew community policing would save my life? As well, as I came at certain section. One of the kids looked at me with my new mask & said I looked like a motorbiker. We became friends. However, when I walked down however I heard, "PUT YOUR HANDS UP!" I looked nothing. Then I heard it again, "PUT YOU HANDS UP M****RF*****R!" I turned around agin, nothing. A police officer would be so brazen as to say that with so much space afar, especially with people watching, & all I've done so far is walked on a patrol. I managed to go down a side street & a homeless man came up to me, "Do you have some money so I can get something to eat?" I replied, "No, but I have a granola bar..." He denied immediately & walked away. What I wouldn't understand, is that the food is there but to deny it, ironic. I soon saw two people. And old man pulled an envelope out of his waistband. I thought it was a drug deal, & asked what was in the envelope. The old man showed that it was a passport. He wanted no trouble & thought I was the police. I calmed his fears & picked up his dropped sunglasses. There were some people who even called me a stormtrooper. "May the Fourth Be With You." As I walked back, I asked who would someone be sneaking a passport as if it was considered unlawful? These will be considerations I will look at for future patrols. I did improve my route which made me more confident. I feel more at home with my patrol & look forward to doing another one soon. But there will be improvements.