We are not immune from “big city” problems.
We deal with many individuals who come to our city intent on selling their poison wares to willing participants in the suicidal game of narcotic and opioid “Russian Roulette.”
The difference between here and “there” is that Mainers don’t do well being bystanders who just sit back and watch a lone cop struggling with an assaultive arrestee.
It’s not how they roll.
My empirical evidence, presented in picture form, indicates that not only do Mainers stop to help…BUT, they also bring beer for a post-assault toast to all that is good, legal, cold and refreshing.
I am not saying that these two Bud-Knights yelled, “Dilly Dilly!” when Matt dismounted from the shotgun seat of this 18-wheel mobile Bud-Bus to come to the aid of the ground-fighting champion of High Street (Officer Dave Farrar), but David heard something echoing in the wind as he was beginning to wear down from trying to both contain the crack and heroin-toting scrapper and keep the suspect’s arms from reaching to places where he might have been storing more than breath mints and bags of cocaine.
Let’s not forget that Matt’s BBP (Bud-Bus Pilot), Dan, had the foresight to pull his HIJW (Hops-injected-Justice-Wagon) forward to block traffic from driving through, and possibly over, Officer Farrar and his arrestee.
Our worry, of course, is that a crash and subsequent Bud-spill would have caused a horde of thirsty onlookers to flood the area in order to help with clean-up.
This could have compromised the crime-scene and diluted the 19 grams of cocaine and 5 grams of heroin which was eventually pried from the jaws of the man who tackled Officer Farrar as he investigated what should have been a routine traffic stop.
Ahhhhh, but no story is complete without a damsel prepared to cause distress!
Maine ladies don’t watch an attack on the Po-Po, they get out of their car and have no problem going hands-on if necessary. That’s where Jaime came in.
She stopped to help in the middle of the fray, but we think Matt beat her to the pig-pile (no pun intended) and she stood by in case her skills were needed. Thank-you Jaime!
Officer Farrar and Sgt. Myron Warner later presented all of the attendees with a Bangor Police Department Challenge coin.
It is but a small token of thanks for the Mainers who refused to stand by and hold up their cell phone cameras while a cop fought with a man who could have just given up his dope and gone peacefully to the place where he ended up anyway.
The arrestee, who was named in a release to the media, was charged with a felony trafficking in narcotics charge as well as a felony assault on a police officer, and refusing to submit to arrest. His bail was set at $150,000 dollars.
The names we will celebrate today are the three Mainers who stopped to help.
Thank-you to Maine Distributors employees Dan and Matt. We appreciate your selfless act and helping hands.
Thank-you to Jaime, we are pleased she did not have to crack open her #10 can of Maine Whoop-A**. No one needs to see that.
Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.
We will be here.
We appreciate YOU.
BPD Duck of Justice is published in BDN Maine Weekly on Thursdays. This installment is for Apr. 12.