Letter: Profiled in Pasco

July 11, 2014 

We parked next to the football field at Chiawana High School. My grandson was in the minivan, putting on his football shoulder pads. I was depositing empty Powerade bottles in a garbage can when a young cop pulled up behind us and approached on foot.

"Is there a problem here?" he asked, officiously.

"I'm granddad and he's my grandson." I nodded toward the van.

"What are you doing here?"

"We're going to play football on the football field." I point over my shoulder to the football field.

"Oh."

"What were we doing wrong, officer?"

"School parking lot during school hours. ... Older man in vehicle with child."

A bit hurt, I said: "Sounds like too much 'news watching' to me."

"No! It's called good policing."

"Yes, sir." I saluted.

He turned and walked away without asking for my name or ID.

FBI statistics indicate men ages 55 to 59 (me) commit 229 crimes for every 1,814 crimes committed by men ages 25 to 29 (the young cop).

Perhaps I have an articulable reasonable suspicion that the young cop was noncompliant with the Constitution.

DANIEL LLOYD SMITH, Pasco

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