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One man recounts potentially fatal run-in with police that could happen to anyone

@thehipsterrebbe just wanted to listen to his music and buy some conditioner. Instead, he ended up with two police officers' guns in his face.
Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Here’s a story about how I nearly just got killed by this cop.
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
I was walking home from the gym. and realized I needed conditioner for my wild hair.
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
I was wearing my new headphones; noise canceling. Sometimes I like to shut the world out and listen to music. They’re dark and sometimes manage to hide in my curls. This is important later.
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
I looked at a couple items, like face wipes. But decided just to get her conditioner. I go to the aisle and was looking for 5 minutes before deciding on one. I turn to go up the aisle to pay there’s a Nassau County Police officer standing there. With his weapon drawn.
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
First he goes down another aisle. Then comes back...with another officer also with his weapon drawn. The second officer screams at me to get on the ground. Now. I can barely hear them cuz of my headphones.
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
“What is happening?!” I raised both hands with my right still holding the conditioner. “JUST FOLLOW MY INSTRUCTIONS!” He shouted back. “Put your hands on the ground and move them forward”
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
My headphones were still blaring, I could barely hear. “I CAN’T HEAR BECAUSE OF MY HEADPHONES. PLEASE TAKE THEM OFF. SO I CAN FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS.” All I wanted to do was follow instructions. Last thing I wanted was some mild mistake to end my life. Like with Daniel Shaver.
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
When he was shot. Daniel, was crawling when he was confronted by Mesa, Az police. He was murdered by an officer when he made a mistake while following instructions.
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
I’ve watched that video a dozen times wondering if I’d make the same mistake if I were in that situation. All Shaver did was reach back to pull his shorts up when they fell a little. A subconscious, small hand motion. He probably didn’t even think about it. And it ended his life
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
What if I missed an instruction because of the K-Pop blaring in my ears? What if I reached for my ears and this rookie flinched?
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
One of the ear cups must have shifted because I could hear the cop yelling. As he instructed. I got on the ground and crawled my hands forward. Kind of like Shaver.
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
They put the bracelets on and oddly enough I felt a little safer after that. I was still screaming for them to take of my headphones which they did. They searched my pockets and gym bag. I hadn’t taken anything so I was fine. They let me go.
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
That’s the scary part. Here’s. The infuriating part. The clerk at the store called the police because she thought I was shop lifting. When Nassau County PD got the call. It was for an armed robbery.
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
When they came in, they were looking for somebody with a gun. That’s why theirs were drawn. The bottle of conditioner I picked out was white. What if I had picked the black bottle? What if they had seen it wrong?
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
What if my skin was darker? What if the cops had been a little bit jumpy?
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
If this has gone bad. I never would have told my side of the story. Yeah, the news story would have said I was unarmed. But those four officers would have command of the narrative.
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
Thank Gd nobody pulled a trigger. But I really want to know what happened. How was there such a colossal failure in communication?
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Ziggy 🌹 Jan 3
Replying to @TheHipsterRebbe
Listening to music on headphones so loud might not have been the smartest move, but it was almost deadly. And it shouldn’t have been.
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