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Kalispell,MT- One evening I was having a drink at a Hotel Lounge with an old friend from High-School that I bumped into earlier in the day. As part of our catch-up discussion, he told me of his time in the service and why he felt the need to get out. He had some very strong feelings that apparently offended a group of servicemen around the corner from our table. My friend left and after paying the tab, I too left out of a separate entrance.
My girlfriend was getting off of work three blocks away and I was going to leave my vehicle in the Hotel parking lot and ride home with her. However, when I left, I was followed by the four angry servicemen who wanted to teach me a lesson in patriotism. Sometime during their assault on me, the police were called and they responded very quickly.
The men went inside and I was immediately treated as the suspect, searched, handcuffed, belittled, and sat on the curb. As the men were brought out and questioned, they had a few good laughs with the cops, shook hands, and were released.
Then I was asked, ¨Where’s the gun?¨. Well, there was NO gun. They asked how I got there and I told them that I drove my vehicle that was parked in the lot. They asked which one, took my keys, and began to search my vehicle. One of them yelled out, ¨Look what we found”. The officer accompanying me slammed me to the ground, put his knees into my chest, and drew his gun into my face saying, ¨Move, just F`ing blink and I’m gonna F`ing shoot you in the face, just move¨.
A Sheriff on the scene told the cop that he was out of line and to holster his gun and the city cop responded by telling him that he was out of his jurisdiction. He continued to wave his gun in my face and I could tell he really did want to pull the trigger.
So, back to what they found…a baseball bat. They came over and said ¨What is this?¨, as if they had just discovered an assault rifle. I wasn’t sure if it was a rhetorical question or what. I pointed out that it was a baseball bat, not a gun and that there is a HUGE difference. (Mind you I had not even entered my vehicle since I’d parked earlier on in the evening so how they were able to justify searching it was beyond me) Then, they asked very seriously and accusingly ¨Why do you have a baseball bat in your SUV?¨ I told them that if they would notice that the back of the vehicle was used for transporting my black lab as it had a dog blanket, black hair, and a big ball with teeth marks in it from when I would hit the ball for him to fetch…with said baseball bat.
They never cared to get a statement from me about the assault that had taken place; the issue now was what to do with me? I was charged with public intoxication, carrying a weapon, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct. They did let me go in time to hitch a ride home with my girlfriend and meanwhile got my vehicle towed as well.