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Jack of all arts, master of some
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A close encounter of an unpleasant kind
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So last night, a few of us friends had a house party, just pizza and some drinks, afterwards, four decided to take a late night walk - at around 2 AM
At one street we were observing a tall multi-storey chicken cage, and debating what would happen if we set all of them free.
Two cops show up on their yellow bike. They stop and the main guy asks "Who are you what are you doing at this time"
I say "We were taking a walk"... I am spokesman because I speak the best Kannada
"What were you going to do with the chickens?"
"Just observing why they are in cages outside the shop"
At this point for some reason the cop gets very aggressive, gets off the bike and says "I know all your stories..."
Then most unexpectedly, he lays a slap on me... Its not a hard slap, somewhere between "pat on cheek" and "mosquito killing force"
This is the first time after almost 15 years anyone hit me with intent to harm without my consent.
Cops were puny and definitely < 70 KG in weight, and we were four versus their 2. For 10 seconds my blood was boiling, but fear and better sense prevailed and I didn't react at all. Just kept being deferent to the cop and saying "We did nothing, were going on a walk, were decent people"
He took pictures of all of us, asked name, fathers name, and kept grilling about random details.Almost anything anyone said was a trigger for him to abuse...
Among his reactions:
S: I work at HAL
Cop : HAL? Which division, which project? You think HAL means you're a big deal? I was also at HAL, 2007, I am your senior, don't act too much... If I complain your job will be at stake
Cop : Why you random guys meeting?
I : One of our friends is going to a foreign country...
Cop : FOREIGN? I'll put you guys even one day in jail then see how any of you goes to foreign in your life...
Among memorable abuses he used was "Laude" and "You drunken trouble makers, if I get wild you don't know what will happen"
After a while he pretended to tell his assistant to call a police jeep to round us up, but it was clearly a sham - his bluster wouldnt have held at the station. None of us antagonized him in any way, because that would have given him excuse to get more aggressive.
Then he says "Go straight home or else..."
So we headed back to S's place and tried to sleep - I could hardly sleep from the reaction.
Morning I spontaneously went to the police station where he was posted - I found him and a superior there - I told my side of the story and asked for an apology - He was defensive - "I hit you because of the way you talked, I have the right"
I said "OK you can question, you can grill, you can even take to the station, but how can you hit"
He kept justifying "We see so many rowdies, you were moving suspiciously near the chickens, we have our own precautions and methods"
I said "Forget it, I'l handle this at another level, Cops like you this country doesn't need", and started walking out.....
Immediately their tone changed, he came out after me "Please don't get angry, I'm sorry, very sorry, please calm down" and all
I decided that was about enough of a closure and told them "Please be more discriminating in future" and shook the cops hands and left.
I debated a lot whether its worthwhile to "fight for justice" and do an official FIR, this and that, but decided against it - asking apology and letting it go was the smoothest approach, with least collateral damage and no ill feelings remaining. I'm sure they would have had a laugh at our/my expense, but I am sure they also felt a tinge of fear as to how I would "handle it from another way"
If there's one lesson in life - you should be paranoid and never confront bad/powerful people directly - Activism is a fools errand, especially when the power balance is skewed - also police are very true to their own, like lawyers... No way you can win a head on confrontation with the Law and Order machine unless you have big connections
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I have a First gen MotoX Developer edition, 213.44.1.ghost_row_.Retail.en.us

Will it ever get the Lollipop update? 

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