In Frederick, there are two polarizing experiences with the Frederick Police Department. Some would say that from their experience, Frederick police have been nothing but gracious. And from the popular consensus, the county police department is flourishing, both in the task force and community. However, if one looks closely, cracks can be seen. There are underground tales of FPD shared among many that don’t see the light. This is one.
Frederick resident Jason Childs was pulled over by Frederick police last month for failing to stop at the white line. Childs recorded the encounter and was asked to step out of the car. In the video, police called the K-9 unit to search the vehicle. Childs was asking the officer why he had to step out of the vehicle, to which the officer could not answer. The officer pulled Childs out of the car and threatened to have the K-9 bite Childs for failure to comply.
No we weren’t shot, we were just reminded that we could be. It’s a blessing to say we made it, isn’t it? In the comment section of the video, many Frederick residents, former and current, had similar stories of their own about FPD stops. We’ve seen situations escalate quickly warped into seconds of violence and confusion resulting in severe injury and death. We expect those who are obligated to make split second decisions be effectively trained and emotionally intelligent. We expect law enforcement to de-escalate civilians, not the other way around. In previous encounters, Jason had been stopped a minimum of ten times — and nothing was found. So we ask, to what end? Are we to assume that some of us are not being targeted?
There are so many stories in the shadows like these within the community. It’s time we tell them.
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