This is the story of a man named Griffin. He was walking down the street one day when he was approached by police officers. Griffin was worried that he was in some kind of trouble, just like anyone else would be that in that situation. The officer was quick to let him know that he was not in any trouble at all.
He simply fit the description of someone else that they happened to be looking for at the time. “Hey buddy. You’re not in any trouble or anything. There is a burglary that happened. You kinda fit that description. Let me just make sure you’re not him. OK?” the officer asked. “I’m a veteran. I have my ID,” Griffin replied.
“Literally, they said white tank top, black shorts. And they said that you had a beard. All right. So I’m not saying if you, but it was a black male. Again, not saying it to you, buddy,” the officer continued. This is where the situation could have gotten very tense. After all, this man has served his country and he may have gotten offended by the line of questioning.
He did not lose his cool, too. Perhaps his days in the service have taught him how to handle these types of inconveniences. “Alright, buddy. Listen. Just bear with me, OK? Cause you fit the description. I’m not saying you’re guilty, but my Sergeant is telling me to detain you. That’s my sergeant,” replied the officer.
Griffin calmly let the officer know that he was going to be recorded. He had just brought a daughter into the world two days before and he did not want anything to happen. “I just had a daughter born two days ago. So I just have this on live,” he said, placing his phone in the air. The officer asked if he would be willing to put it down.
“It’s live? Do you mind setting it down here?” he asked. At this time, he let Griffin know that he was being detained but no arrest was being made. He asked him what he was doing in the area and the vet gave him a very honest answer. “One of my homes, I own a couple homes down here,” he replied to the officer.
“Again, like I told you, you’re not. We’re not saying it’s you, but you fit the description. That’s why I’m detaining you. If it’s not you, we’re gonna cut you loose and you’re free to go. OK. But I just want you to see through us why, you know, literally, they stole something right now, and we just want to verify it’s not you. OK?” he reassured Griffin.
“Seven cop cars going, hey, everything going on it’s just a little bit scary,” Griffin said. The officer let him know that it was a “wrong place, wrong time” type of thing. Once the officers received the all clear, they let Griffin know that he was very cooperative and they let him know how appreciative they were.
“I just want to say thank you for keeping a cool, good demeanor. We just got the picture finally from the witness. And I get why they went out with you for sure. Clearly not you. But the clothing description, everything matched. So obviously, these guys didn’t have that to go-. And so they just had a description, and that’s pretty good. Once we finally got the picture from the video surveillance stuff. Like that’s not him, get him out of here,” said another officer on the scene.
From there, he was offered a job! It remains to be seen as to whether he accepted or not. One thing is for sure, these officers were very impressed by Griffin’s ability to remain cool under pressure. The man may have been detained but he did not allow himself to become irate. Hopefully, this man thinks long and hard about accepting the position.