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I was attending our local Fresno Fair that takes place every year. I proudly wore my Cop Block shirt knowing there would be plenty of police in attendance at the fair. Everything seemed to be going fine until about 30 minutes before the fair closed; I was shoved out of the way by a man wearing Fresno Police attire. I overheard his partner behind him say, “He doesn’t even seem that drunk.” Then the first man replied with, “Well, that’ll have to do.”
I looked ahead of the police officers and saw two other men walking at a normal pace with their arms wrapped around each other’s shoulders. They seemed to be no threat or danger to anyone. The men in police attire blocked the path of the other two men and placed their hands on the men in an attempt to stop them. The citizens started asking why they were being stopped and repeating, “What did we do?”
I couldn’t hear what the man with the badge said but then I heard the victims say, “No, no, no, no, no, he’s not even that drunk. Really!”
At that point, four other men with badges came around and started ushering people away as I began recording the encounter with my phone. One of the officers saw me and quickly made a point to block my view and tell me to step back and stop recording. I asked him why the men were being stopped and he simply ignored my question. Then, the men began to struggle to free themselves. After that, the police quickly dragged them away. I kept up a quick pace to continue recording.
We reached a building that was apparently acquired by the police department for their own use during the fair. They dragged the men inside and then all remaining officers turned around to focus on me. They blocked my way and told me to leave. I asked why the men had been detained and they told me that the men were resisting arrest. I responded, “But what was the original reason they were being arrested?” They dodged my question and told me to leave unless I wanted to be arrested with them. As they started to advance in my direction, I walked away to safety and stopped recording. I guess it’s now a crime in Fresno, CA to be just “drunk enough” for them to arrest you.