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"Do You Fit the Description? How do You stay Alive?"

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when a man says: DWB? I had the most horrible experience when I turned into the bank parking lot. Out of nowhere, I see flashing lights and countless police officers yelling and pointing their guns at me. All at one time they each demanded, “Put the window down…Let me see your hands…Stick your hands out of the window!!” I barely get time to think to myself, “What the f*<k is going on?” I’m violently pulled from out of the car and wrestled down to the pavement.

Guns still pointed at a defenseless man, I could hear one of the officers say, “I have it pointed at your head. Try me.” I could see the adrenaline growing within each of them by the second, as they hoped I was the guy they were looking for. My seventy with a breeze kicked in as I said, “I would appreciate it if you are going to pull on me, do it from the right side of my body. I recently had surgery on the left side of my body. One of the officers who was attempting to get physical said, “What’s your name?”

In that moment, I felt like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X wrapped into one. One part of me was fighting not to curse those white boys out, while the other part of me said, “F*<k it. You’re as clean as a whistle. Handle them like they are handling you.” An officer standing off to my left calls an officer’s name as he shakes his head saying, “That’s not him.” Be EPIC and know that the guy they were looking for was a 23 year old with dreads. I’m a 40 year old with a baldhead.

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