I had a clash with a policeman last night.

@tutul0045 (2631)
India
March 4, 2009 8:19am CST
Hi friends, Last night I was at Mumbai Airport to bring my brother back. I went there in a taxi and it was parked from a distance from the Airport. So while returning i asked a cop to way out and he started behaving badly with me. Iam not sure whether he was drunk or not. He started interrogating me as if I have committed a crime. He said that U have no right to roam in the Airport like that, U must be hiding some thing in yr bags etc. My brother who was extremely tired after a hectic journey was in no mood to mess with anybody, told me to leave immediately. I was surprised and i had to say Sorry to him. Would u believe that? I apologized to a policman for asking a direction! These cops are there to Help people who are in some kind of trouble but its like they themselves are the Trouble. It was a very upsetting incident and I wanted to share it with all of u becoz anyone can be a victim of these bullying of Policemen in India. Cheers, Tutul
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@Daffodil20 (1754)
• India
4 Mar 09
Hi tutul! Sorry to hear this. Its getting so difficult day by day for everyone. Not only for us but for the police men too. The increase in crime and violent incidences has really disturbed everyone's peace of mind and its pressure and fear which might have forced him to act the way he did. But I do understand that even in a much easier environment too most of the men are used to bullying innocent people which should be looked into. Stay safe and cheers to you too
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
5 Mar 09
Hi daffodil, Yes i knew security will be tight after that happened in Pakistan that morning. But what he was doing to me was unacceptable. He may was looking for bribe or something. But as i got sober he had to leave me. In this kind of situation its better to get passive and escape. There is no use really messing with a man like that. Cheers, Tutul
• India
8 Mar 09
That's the right thing to do. Very wise.
@MasonL (97)
• Trinidad And Tobago
5 May 09
I think the authorities should investgate some of these shady cops, you should of taken his badge number and report the matter immediately, that cop could of been even one of the corrupt ones, you don't know next what he could of done,or may be he did'nt want to do his job that night he just wanted to relax and do nothing so probberly he behave like that to scare you off.
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
5 May 09
Hi mason, I dont think at that time i was thinking about taking his badge number. If i even hinted some thing like that he could have arrested me with false charges. My brother who was extreamly tired was in no strength or mood to do something like that. More than me i had to think of my brother. U know as this incident has passed i guess i did the right thing by escaping. No point in messing with a policeman where u dont have any witness who can atlest tell the truth of what happened. Cheers, Tutul
@KrauseHome (33249)
• United States
7 Mar 09
Personally I think that these type of incidences are happening more and more for people all over. I am Sorry to hear that this happened for you, and hope things did work out for the Best in the end. I also hope you were able to get your brother home safely, and enjoying your time together. Just do not let this get you down and move on, and everything will be OK.
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
7 Mar 09
Hi, Yes in the end he let us go and iam thankful that we reached home safely. This type of incidents spoils all the fun of meeting a loved one after a long time. I have moved on and thanks for all of yours support. Thank you very much for your response. Cheers, Tutul
• Philippines
5 Mar 09
Oh that is really not good to hear. I wonder why he acted that way. Maybe that guy had a bad day and was putting it on you when you asked him a question at a wrong time. Well at least he let go off you. I'm just glad to hear that he didn't bother to stop you from going. Well people sometimes just go bonkers once in a while..lol. Take care and be cool.
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
6 Mar 09
Hi, Yes iam glad too that he didnt stop me and my brother. I take it as a learning experiance and i will be extra careful when i go to places like Airports, stations etc. Cheers, Tutul
@jjstare (97)
• India
5 Mar 09
Hi Tutul, really am very much sorry for you for the incident happened for at that last night. But the thing there is some bad cops same as in other profession and because of them all others from that were being hurted by the people, cool its a nature. Cops always wont believe anything and they try to question for all our replies. We need to maintain our patience at some place to avoid worst situations, ofcourse thanks for your patience to that cop :). It happens everywhere ma, so stay cool and enjoy every moments..
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
6 Mar 09
Hi jj, Well honestly i lost my cool but my brother who is a lot of more matured than me tackled the situation. If i was alone there it could have been worse. He apologized to the policaman and later i did. I know one has to use his sense while dealing in thsi kind of situations and its better to escape than to argue. Cheers, Tutul
• China
5 Mar 09
What a bad policeman!I am sorry for your being confronted with such a jerk. Incidentally,it was good of you not to be involved into a deeper quarrel with that policeman!
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
6 Mar 09
Hi, Yea i also feel the same way now. I was angry that time but now i feel that i did the right thing. No use arguing with a man who is a rubbish and with no sense. Cheers, Tutul
@wolfaaron (179)
• United States
5 Mar 09
whoa, none of the policemen overhere react like that
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
6 Mar 09
Nice to know that. Cheers, Tutul
@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
4 Mar 09
hello tutul i am so sorry to hear what that you went through at the airport like that just wanting to know the correct direction in which to go to exit the airport. i am glad that you-all didn't get arrested or anything like that while that you were at the airport. and i see no reason at all why the police officer would have acted like that towards you-all either. it wasn't like that you were doing anything wrong. and i think that i would have just walked away and not have thanked the officer for anything. what would he do to you? run after you and knock you down and arrest you-all like that? lol (hugs) around here where that i live there are cops everywhere that you look. i do not know where all of the cops have came from here lately. the way that i look at it is, i leave them alone, in return they can leave me alone as well. right? lol take care and have a beautiful afternoon.
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
6 Mar 09
Hi there, Yes it was something which i didnt expected at all. When i lost the way and saw a police van ithough iam asking the right person. Well it went all worng from there. I started a discussion that Tuesdays are usually good to me, but this incident occured in a Tuesday night,lol how ironical. Well due to thsi attakcs may be cops are getting more and more alert these days. Its better to leave them alone and let them do their duty. Honestly i dont get sacared of then and y should I when i have done nothing wrong. Thanks for responding and have a wonderful weekend. Cheers, Tutul
@Archie0 (4672)
4 Mar 09
Yes you are right actually. i just get scared from these cops at times. once they just blamed me for the most worst thing which i cant think of being once. and from that time i am very scared and they are the people on earth whom i hate the most i just hate them from my heart, they always mess with wrong people and thats why there is no end to the crime yet.
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
5 Mar 09
Hi there, Well first of all there is no point in getting scared of them. Trust me in that whole incident i didnt show any intimidation. They want to c fear in yr eyes and then push u even further. Never show any kind of intimidatiuon when u have done nothign wrong. Secondly as i have friends who are in Mumbai police, i feel sorry for them as well. Its a very challenging job. They get abused by public, media , and almost from every department. They get a salary from which its hard to maintain a family consisting of 4 people. Its a thankless job. U know our government has t olook at such thinks to erradicate crime from our country. Cheers, Tutul
@shav9292 (929)
• India
4 Mar 09
It is sad but common in India,i wonder where he was on 26/11. But its better to say sorry than to spend a day in police station arguing. Take care
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
5 Mar 09
Yes u r right. Its better to escape a situation like that, then to argue with a man with no sense. U know it does a lot of damage to the reputation of whole police of India. The perspective of a person changes. Cheers, Tutul
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@anonymili (3140)
4 Mar 09
BAH what a joke. I remember a few years back when my parents were staying on in Calcutta and I was returning home to London we were en route to the airport and going over this bridge (which is apparently notorious for car jacking attacks) we were stopped by the police, it was about 5am as I had an early flight from DumDum airport. The police started asking all sorts of questions and shining the torch into the car, I got really annoyed and said “What’s the problem? We’re just going to the airport? This is a private vehicle!” and my mum told me to keep quiet, the policemen figured I wasn’t a local and then mumbled “sorry” and told us to carry on. I don’t know if they were after some bribe or something but our driver said that was what the cop wanted and it was normal practice to give them money! GRRR! Also that same trip I was shopping with my cousin and we were looking for a particular shop in Gariahat and I wanted to ask a traffic cop and my cousin said “no way, you can’t ask a cop for directions, you’ll be abused!” I was horrified. Here in the UK if you ask a policeman or community police officer or even a traffic warden for directions, they’re only happy to help you (in my experience to date anyway). Why are Indian police so rotten to the core? Gives India such a bad name in general when you hear of these incidents. I want to feel safe when I speak to a copper not worried about being arrested for daring to speak with them!
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
5 Mar 09
Hi there, Well u know i have very righ respect for our policemen. I dont know abt calcutta but in Mumbai people like to help each other. I have freinds in Police and they are some excellent guys. Its a frustrating job and may be he was taking out his frustraions on me that night. I did what was sensible that time and places like Airports,Railway stations are really getting scary these days. Due to this recent attacks one has to feel for the police too. May be i shd have asked some taxi driver instead of a cop. A lot of Indians get ill treatment in the western countries and incidents like this are of the reason behind that. Cheers, Tutul
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@stacyv81 (5906)
• United States
4 Mar 09
I am so sorry you had to put up with that! There are some bad cops that just like to bully people and use their authority in a negative way! Some police arent there to help, but have control issues lol! I hope you dont run into such a policeman again! =)
@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
5 Mar 09
Hi, Yes he was one os such cops who likes to bully people. It was my bad luck that i asked such a cop for direction. Its better to put it that way. Cheers, Tutul
@beachstarz (1092)
• United States
4 Mar 09
Hi tutul! I'm sorry to hear about your experience last night . Sad thing is it happens everywhere . There are good police and there are bad ones, just like there are good and bad teachers, doctors , and lawyers . When we experience something like this it it can change how we feel about those that have authority, or about mankind in general . You have to remember that this was one jerk and that everyone is in general are good people that do want to help . I think you did the right thing, by saying your sorry because it could have ended up alot worse for you. You know you did nothing wrong and that is what matters most . What goes around comes around , it will come back to him someday . Don't give up trust in people because of a few bad ones .