Philadelphia, Pa. – Junior college basketball player Samir Hill was detained and taken to the police station after leaving two officers embarrassed on the basketball court.
Hill, a 5-foot-7, 21-year-old point guard at Allegany College of Maryland, was enjoying playing some pickup games against kids in the neighborhood when two cops approached and “started talking trash,” according to Complex.
The point guard, not appreciating the insults, offered the officers the opportunity to step onto the basketball court to play him rather than run off at the mouth.
“We gave them ball first, (and) I was playing on the court two-on-two with my friend Josh — they almost scored on him,” Hill said. “We get the ball, and everybody starts pulling out their cameras. The first cop, I crossed him and laid it up. He’s like, ‘I don’t play basketball. I play football. So he put his partner on me — the second one, the one I made fall. Everyone went crazy.”
After the game, a couple of short video clips of Hill breaking the cops' ankles on the court went viral after being posted on Vine. After the video clips had gone viral, being shared by pro athletes such as Chad Johnson, the same officers attempted to arrest Hill two days later.
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“I think it was because of the video, but they said it was the people I was around,” Hill said. “I don’t think it was that though, because most of the kids I hang around are college kids. I think they just wanted to take me down to the district to show who I was.”
Hill claimed that officers accused him of having “contraband,” but released him without charges.
“They didn’t explain it to me,” Hill said. “They just took me in there, handcuffed me to a bench for an hour and a half. They were doing a search on the car. They searched the car for like an hour. They didn’t find nothing, and they let me go. The whole time they were telling me how they weren’t going to lock me up, that they were targeting my friend.”
It seems clear that Hill was guilty of "contempt of cop" in the eyes of these officers. The cops felt as though they needed to show him who had the “authority” after their fragile egos were hurt by being embarrassed on the basketball court. This is just another example of misuse of power by men with badges, yet police continue to wonder why public opinion of law enforcement is hitting historic lows.
Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, freethinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay's work has previously been published on BenSwann.com and WeAreChange.org. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.