Source- A roughly two minute video posted to YouTube shows the arrest of Brockport teenager, Dante Bertino by three Brockport Police Officers. " If you guys would, just head home, please," can be heard coming from one of the officers in the video.
According to Brockport Police Chief, Daniel Varrenti, they were called to the park after receiving complaints of foul language coming from the basketball court and there were children nearby. "They have a right to go to that park without hearing four letter words, without having people swearing and acting disrespectful," the chief said. "There was nothing done by my son to cause that reaction by the officer," said Dante's father, Jeremy. He wasn't at the park when the arrest happened. But, he said his son wasn't the one using profanity. The video captures Dante's interaction with police after the group was asked to get off the court. "I think the officers acted accordingly," said Varrenti. "If someone here in the Village of Brockport wants to come here and challenge a police officers lawful orders, they will be arrested."
Call me a hypocrite? Don't you dare. I blogged last week that this woman was at fault for getting herself arrested when she spoke back to a police officer and you better believe this kid is at fault for getting his ass arrested too. Do I think it's a big deal to be cursing while shooting some hoops at the park? No. Honestly, it probably could have been resolved if the mother of the child just asked the boys to watch their language instead of calling the police after the use of a couple 4 letter words. So while the cops could have undoubtedly done a better job of appeasing both parties, their actions aren't what I am focused on.
While this kid should have ever been put in the situation to begin with, you have to be smart enough to know that if you talk back to a police officer they are going to overreact. Cops live for situations in which citizens don't respect their authority. Why do you think they became cops in the first place? You start acting guilty, calling an officer 'boy', and turning your back on him and you are going to end up with your hands behind your back and a face full of grass. You start to talk tough and you put the police in a position to either prove otherwise, or let you get away with disrespecting them. You have to treat officers with kid gloves. They have very fragile egos. You do anything to act like you are in some way above their jurisdiction, and you reap what you sow. It may not be right, but that's how run-ins with law enforcement go. I doubt it was the first time they had issues with the local cops. It sounds funny but these teenagers should know how to better resolve these altercations than the men in uniform that are paid to do so.
P.S. Dropping soft 'n' bombs is probably not the best way to get sympathy when the cops approach you for cursing. It may not legitimize the cops actions in the eye of the public, but I am sure it does in the eye of the police force.