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Video: Boy Questions Vegas Cop, Encounter Goes Viral

May 08, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Vegas Cop's Encounter with 12 Year Old

A 12-year-old boy's questioning of a Las Vegas Metro Police officer went viral this week, when he posted a YouTube video of the encounter.

In the video clip, Jeremy Drew can be seen questioning the unidentified officer, who had illegally parked his police motorcycle on a sidewalk to purchase a drink, reports Fox News.

As the officer approached his cycle, Drew began his line of questioning while filming.

"Is there a reason for you to park on the sidewalk?" Drew asked. "Is it like an emergency or anything?"

Drew asks the officer for his badge number several times. At one point, the officer asks Drew, "Are you a junior lawyer?" The officer gets on his bike and rides away.

Tags: Citizen Video, Social Media, Motor Patrol, Officer Conduct, Las Vegas Metro PD


Comments (21)

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Mwp72 @ 5/8/2013 11:56 AM

Mind your own business, kid.

sgtken @ 5/9/2013 3:21 PM

Obviously a future cop hater well trained by his parents.

Chuck @ 5/9/2013 3:32 PM

Hey kid, you sound really stupid. Quit playing grownup, get your head out of your a**

AusFost1 @ 5/9/2013 3:41 PM

Agree. Kid, you need to be (a) in school (b) at home doing chores or some other place doing something useful rather than taking a cheap shot at someone who protects your community, you cheeky little s**t. In the bad old days you would've been sat on your butt for it.

vincenzino @ 5/9/2013 4:23 PM

It starts at home.

Bob@Az. @ 5/9/2013 4:25 PM

12 yrs old? If this little shit wasen't very well coached by his parents I'll eat that motor. Sure hope he's ready for a whole lot of ass kicking by kids who understand what LEOs face every day. Blues, Stay Safe.

PJ @ 5/9/2013 5:13 PM

Shame on all of you for your negative comments about this young boy. I feel quite differently. This young man was very polite and asked a very legitimate question. If a teenage boy drove up and parked his motorcycle on the sidewalk to buy a soda I highly doubt this officer would have thought it was proper. Instead, he should have been embarrassed by his action (and reaction) to this kid. I have worked in law enforcement for 22 years. If someone asks me for my badge number I gladly give it to them. I am a professional officer and carry out my job with integrity. If I am not doing anything wrong, there would be no issue with giving out my badge number. In fact, had this officer done so, and then apologized for the poor example he set, he would have shown this young boy how you handle adversity and accept responsibility for your mistakes. I would have shook this boys hand, thanked him for bringing his poor decision making to his attention, and told him that he shows real promise as an investigative reporter. He was polite to this officer during the entire encounter. Instead, he was sarcastic and evasive and gave this boy a reason to distrust or even dislike law enforcement officers. Watch each others backs, but don't turn your head when you see wrongdoing. I think this boy has been raised well and his parents should be proud.

Chuck @ 5/9/2013 5:49 PM

Follow up to my comment, I live in las vegas if you want to be a tattle tale go to the pjojects on J street ot come to my neighborhood after dark, and watch all the moon crickets peddle their drugs

JA @ 5/10/2013 5:07 AM

PJ, I cannot agree with your statements more. For the other comment posters I truly hope you are not in law enforcement or will be leaving the ranks very, very soon. It is officers like the one in the video that spoil it for the rest of us. If we as LEOs do not hold ourselves accountable in every aspect then we have no place in the responsibility of wearing the badge. For the other comment posters I hope you all review the video, your comments, and your own actions in an attempt to see the negative influence that this video, your comments, and your attitudes create that make our job even harder.

TL from NY @ 5/10/2013 5:42 AM

I bet it gets pretty warm in Las Vegas, so it would seem quite reasonable that officers get thirsty. Perhaps the officer coiuld have legally parked his bike three blocks away and walked back to get a soda. Then when the radio run comes in, he could run back to his bike and respond, with a 5 minute delay.
PJ and JA must have wonderful careers in Mayberry. Geez, the guy is getting a soda AND nobody respects cops anymore.

Rick @ 5/10/2013 8:33 AM

I also have to agree with PJ. I could not have said it better. If you are always doing the right thing, you should be proud to give out your badge number and even a business card. As a note for TL, you make a point. If the reasoning was mentioned that the bike needed to be close by to respond quickly or to keep the mounted shotgun with in sight, it would have gone a long way for "community relations" by educating the kid and any public that viewed the video. Of course, it probably would not have gone viral in that case.

Jim B. @ 5/10/2013 8:45 AM

The kid is a little twerp but the officer also came off looking pretty stupid. Just give him your badge number. What difference does it make? You're on video. You really think you're not recognizable? Don't you realize it makes you look like your doing something wrong when you evade a question like that. I'm not saying he did something wrong. It's just how it looks when he won't give his badge number.

I can think of plenty of reasons for me to park my motor on the sidewalk to go in and get a soda. Some have already been mentioned by others. There have been plenty of times when I have parked my patrol car in spots that a regular citizen can't. And not when there was a bona fide emergency. And I've asked myself the question "What will I say if some citizen asks why I'm parked there?" Just like mentally rehearsing traffic stops. So I'm prepared when I get challenged like this. It doesn't have to be a great reason, just something I can articulate. Maybe they accept the answer, maybe they don't. That's not my problem. But it saves me from being caught off guard and just being able to say "Uhh, well, um, uhh, no you can't have my badge number, get out of my face." Just be able to articulate something! If it's something that you can't come up with a reasonable justification for doing ahead of time, then maybe you shouldn't do it after all.

To be clear, I'm not cheering this little kid. Polite he may have been but I still think he's a little prick. But we better get used to these types of incidents happening and be prepared to respond to them.

Capt. Crunch @ 5/10/2013 9:08 AM

Right on Jim B. If the little punk went up to a outlaw biker and told him to get off the sidewalk, then I would give him credit. He knows the police officer will not hurt him.

Carlson1038 @ 5/10/2013 9:37 AM

Jim B. gave the best response so far. Yes, the kid is probably going to be arrested several times in his life. I'll be his parents participated in one of the Occupy protests. That said, the officer should have simply given his badge number and some kind of an explanation. This is assuming there were not empty parking spaces nearby.

tiny @ 5/10/2013 10:18 AM

hey TL watch the video mor closely and you will see more than one empty parking space much closer to the store than three blocks and a one minute longer response time wont go viral on youtube tarnishing the job the rest of us do for a living. We had an officer park in a fire lane to run into a store though not horrendous a complaint was filed and was upheld as actionable. Guys who expect special privilege with this job make us all look bad.

Daniel @ 5/10/2013 11:29 AM

Tiny, you're absolutely right. This kind of stuff makes us all look bad. I agree that although getting questioned in this way by a citizen and a child nonetheless, is an annoyance, the kid is 100% correct. We have to follow the rules like everyone else, if not, more so. And to call the kid a 'little prick"?! Come on guys. We all know that he's being coached by his parents ow whomever, but it doesn't make the kid a prick. It's people like this that keep us honest. This would have been a great opportunity for the officer to blow the kid away with kindness and professionalism. Had the officer been more proffesional, the video would have likely never been posted. The haters out there want to see us fail, and we all fail when stuff like this comes to light.

Daniel @ 5/10/2013 11:30 AM

Tiny, you're absolutely right. This kind of stuff makes us all look bad. I agree that although getting questioned in this way by a citizen and a child nonetheless, is an annoyance, the kid is 100% correct. We have to follow the rules like everyone else, if not, more so. And to call the kid a 'little prick"?! Come on guys. We all know that he's being coached by his parents ow whomever, but it doesn't make the kid a prick. It's people like this that keep us honest. This would have been a great opportunity for the officer to blow the kid away with kindness and professionalism. Had the officer been more proffesional, the video would have likely never been posted. The haters out there want to see us fail, and we all fail when stuff like this comes to light.

DKF @ 5/10/2013 2:58 PM

it is clear all the negative comments are coming from police officers just like the law breaking officer in the video. sure the kid is annoying but had every right to do what he did. WE THE PEOPLE are here to keep the crooked government honest. if we didnt ask questions rights would contimue to be trampled every day. i hope this officer was fired

IAD @ 5/10/2013 3:06 PM

Chuck i truly hope you are not a police officer!!!! Moon crickets?!?! are you serious?!?! there are a very high number of BLACK officers in metro. and you sir are a piece of <expletive> people like you are the reason citizens don't trust police officers and the reason why special police like myself exist. but i have faith internal affairs is already looking at you.... and i will personally dance a jig when you lose your pension

Chuck McKenzie @ 5/12/2013 12:16 PM

Tiny, while I agree with what you said, it required some translation; your spelling and punctuation are atrocious. I am grateful I don't have to review your reports, because, if this is any indication of how you write, I would need a large supply of red pencils on hand.

Dean @ 6/25/2014 12:42 AM

Reading these comments on here shows me just how bad it has become, LEO's standing up for a cop who is wrong and then you all wonder why the citizens have no trust in you, this kid may grow up not liking cops, but it will be because of responses like I see here, LEO's aren't above the law, hard to enforce a law if you don't think it's valid, the officer should have been respectful to that young man, instead he puffed up and mad an ass out of himself in a now viral video, good job, too bad you guys don't realize this guy makes all LEO look bad, cops used to try to be helpful to kids and educate them, not any more, and you wonder why they don't like you, if you support the way this officer acted then you are part of the problem, try being a solution and stopping these kind of actions, I saw a post that said "I will believe there are good cops when I see them standing against the bad ones", unfortunately that is a pretty common thought these days.

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