*When two police officers approached 21-year-old Samir Hill after they saw him playing B-ball with some neighborhood kids, he says he believes it was because they thought he sucked.
After he invited them on the court to play a little one-on-one, I guess they discovered he didn’t. That’s when they decided to take him down to the police station. And when he asked why he was there, they had no real reason. That’s because there was no reason. They just ended up being…
Hill, a junior at the Allegany College of Maryland was just kickin’ it one day in his West Philly neighborhood. He was home from college, and joined friends as they headed out to find some local kids to play ball with. But when two cops rolled up on them and started talking smack, Hill, who is a member of the college’s Men’s Basketball squad, thought it would be fun to play a friendly game with the boys in blue. But after he beat them, and the video of that B-ball-whipping went viral, the officers were not too pleased, according to the student.
He told Complex:
When I come home from college, I go on the playground and play with the kids a little bit. We were playing some 2 on 2, so I guess [the two cops] didn’t think I was good. They came in the playground, just watching. They say, ‘None of you look good out there.’ They started talking trash. I’m like, ‘Come get on the court.’ They’re talking about, ‘We only play for money.’ I say, ‘How much money y’all want to play for?’ One of the cops was like, ‘How much you wanna play for?’ I say, ‘Matter of fact, we can play for one. Game to one.’
Hill says after a video of the game made its rounds, the two officers attempted to arrest him.
I think it was because of the video, but they said it was the people I was around. I don’t think it was that though, cause 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 was not arrested for anything, but there was no explanation given to him by the officers as to why he was kept at the police station for an hour and a half. They simply said that they thought “they saw something.”
If these allegations are true, this incident serves as an apt demonstration of how those in authority abuse the power they are given. And more so, as I’ve said before, with the eyes of the public on the police after a multitude of videos showing unsubstantiated brutality and killings, they continue to show a total lack of regard for due process for the very people they are employed to protect.
For officers of the law to hold someone against their will for no apparent reason beyond a bruised ego is not only a blatant misuse of power; but the direct actions of a sore loser.