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In October 2007, as a freshman in high school, I went to the Boonville, Missouri High School Homecoming football game. It was my first time at a high school football game and I enjoyed myself, but later I realized that this would be my last time at a high school football game.
Towards the end of the quarter, two Boonville African-American cops pulled me to the side. I thought that they were friendly, but I was wrong. They accused me of making racial comments towards African-Americans at the game, which was entirely false. However, they kept trying to force a confession from me because they thought I was wrong and they were right. I eventually had no choice but to confess or else they would arrest me and put me in prison. Eventually I was released, but in great fear of another incident from the racist African-American cops.
I tried to get justice by reporting the incident to the Boonville R-1 School District and other police departments. However, because of the small-town environment and my young age at the time, I was denied justice.
In the days and weeks after the incident, I tried numerous times to kill myself because of fear that the Boonville Police Department would come after me. To this day, I have nightmares and painful flashbacks about the incident with the racist cops.
Even though I am older now at age 20, I am still in fear that police officers are coming out to wrongfully arrest and charge me with a crime I did not commit. What’s even more sad is that the two officers at the incident are still on the job! In fact, one of the officers is now the county coroner, so now I’m afraid to see the racist cop, even if I’m dead.
Even to this day, I wish I could get justice for this. If I had a lot of money, I would demand justice for what happened to me at a homecoming football game in 2007.