About 16 years ago, after I finished doing my security training; five white Chicago Police Officers in a tan unmarked car pulled me over and accused me of hiding a body, trying to kidnap someone, throwing a gun out of the window and everything they could think of while pointing their loaded guns to my head. At that time, all I was trying to do was go to the security firm on Western Avenue that I was referred to by the owners of the security training program that I had just completed, but the police wrongfully thought I was a black guy who was up to no good. I mean they actually had their guns pointing to my head and kept asking me why was I in the neighborhood. Followed by where’s the gun? Where’s the gun? Did you throw the gun out the window? Are you trying to kidnap someone? What are you’re doing in this neighborhood? As if me as an American citizen needed permission to be in that neighborhood.
That day, I was lucky that I thought to tell those police officers that I was sent to the area to get a security job by a former Chicago police Chief and a former Marine who owned the security firm that trained me. I told the police officers to check my job referral paperwork on my car seat as proof of who sent me. One police officer reached in my car, read the paperwork, and confirmed to the other police officers that I was telling the truth. Knowing that a former Chicago police Chief had sent me, the police officers immediately took their guns off me and headed back to their car after one police officer sarcastically said, “Good luck with the job”. Good luck? After you had a gun pointed to my head and accused me of every crime in the book.
Moments later, I called the Chicago police non-emergency phone number and asked about filing a complaint against those police officers. I was told to file a complaint with the Department of Professional Regulations who did not call me back to investigate the incidence. I wonder how many other police complaints never got investigated. Today’s verdict in the Laquan McDonald case marked a new day in Chicago that many people like myself thought would never happen. Now let’s make sure all dirty cops pay for their crime.