Lawyers, Guns and Money: QOTD
What hasn't been talked about, at least not where I've been reading, is what would've happened if this wasn't Bob Dylan. What if it had been some other scruffy senior citizen out for a stroll? What would the cops have done then? Would he get tasered or detained? Fined for some bogus charge like loitering? What do you think?
But now everyone’s having a good laugh about how two local police officers had no idea who Dylan was when they stopped and detained him after some residents reported an elderly man acting “suspiciously.”
I don’t know. I find it pretty depressing. There was a time when we condescendingly used the term “your papers, please” to distinguish ourselves from Eastern Block countries and other authoritarian states. Post-Hiibel, America has become a place where a harmless, 68-year-old man out on a stroll can be stopped, interrogated, detained, and forced to produce proof of identification to state authorities, despite having committed no crime.
I guess I just don’t see the punchline.