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November 11, 2012

HOPKINS: There's a right way and a wrong way

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — When I was in college I watched two friends, who were drunk at the time, get arrested by police in Herkimer, N.Y. They were shooting off bottle rockets and they never noticed the cops sneak up on them.

They were having a great time breaking the silence of the night with the airborne explosions. Suddenly, two flashlights were shining in their eyes and one of the cops — almost gleefully — said, “Guys, you’re under arrest!”

What happened next is a good blueprint for the under-25 set to follow if they find themselves on the wrong end of the law after doing something stupid.

One of my friends ran. Bad move. The other immediately complied and was respectful. After he was ‘cuffed, he brought the officer inside the apartment and handed over the rest of the fireworks. He was laughing and the cop was pleasant enough.

The officer said my friend would be booked and he’d be released around 5 a.m. It was about 1:30 a.m. when they got nabbed.

My other friend made it about half a block before the other cop tackled him. He then cooperated. However, the second officer wasn’t too happy that he broke his watch tackling my friend. (Note to the police, it’s probably not wise to wear something expensive when you’re on duty.)

Still, because he wised up and apologized for running the cops went fairly easy on him as well.

I’m telling this story because it came to mind after we got ahold of a police report from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Deparment.

The story was too incredible not to give it plenty of space, and it received plenty of attention on our website and our Facebook page as well.

A 19-year-old man — a kid, really — was arrested last week by deputies who were investigating a loud party in Hartland. Making the matter worse for him, and what got him tossed in the clink with bail set at $10,000, was his disrespect toward officers.

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