I managed to tear my left quadricep while hiking in Drumheller (more on that later) last weekend. Â It hurts worse than it sounds and I can barely walk. Â Steps are almost impossible and even a slight incline is horrible to navigate. Â I was walking downtown to my car and I was limping and wobbly when I was approached by two Saskatoon Police officers who thought I was intoxicated. Â As they approached, I knew they thought I was drunk and two thoughts came to my mind. Â
The first was the worst thing that will happen is they will make me take a breathalyzer. Â I donâ€™t drink so that isnâ€™t a problem. Â Then I realized the worst thing anyone could do would was to poke my leg but I wasnâ€™t really at risk of that happening. Â Still my second thought was, â€œDONâ€™T TOUCH MY LEGâ€.
The officers got close, realized that I wasnâ€™t drunk and I explained that I had torn my quad which got an immediate response and discussion about that. Â Some jokes were made about the smell of A535 and then one asked how hard it was to walk. Â I mentioned that it really screws up your balance but I was fine. Â A final joke was made about being â€œwobbly is not a crimeâ€ and I hobbled to my car.Â
I kept thinking about that non-incident compared to the craziness going on in Ferguson. Â Even if the Saskatoon Police Officers were going to be jerks (and they werenâ€™t) my biggest concern was a 2 minute delay. Â Instead it was almost a five minute chat about stupid injuries, Louis CK, and getting old. Â Wendy and I have been stopped by SPS offers while out taking some photographs. Â While people are being ordered and arrested for taking photos in Ferguson, the officers we dealt with had some camera questions and just made small talk about photography. Â
Not all Saskatoon Police officers have been like that (over the years) and I have talked to some friends who have never been on the wrong side of the law who are terrified of Saskatoon Police (I am not sure why) but when I am out and I see a beat cop approach, I have never been concerned to worried about anything. Â I am old enough to remember when you WANTED a cop to approach you because they used to be your sole source of Saskatoon Blades hockey cards (that was a great idea in the day)
Sadly there are places in the United States who have legitimate reason to worry even if they have never committed a crime and that is an incredibly depressing thing to think about.