here's my story with the police in manheim (lancaster county, ~15 mins from the city).
i'm a young white girl. in hs, I hung out with the skaters and many of my friends were hispanic and black. one time we were sitting at a pavilion (public, anybody can be there) because I needed
to charge my phone as we were walking to my friends house (we were young and didn't have cars, just skateboards) across town. two of my friends pulled out cigarettes and started smoking them and within SECONDS, three cop cars showed up. one of the officers came over to us and
asked what we were doing, to which we answered honestly. we were charging our phones, one of our friends had just gotten off work, we were heading to another friends house. he didn't even respond, but looked over to two of my friends (guys, they were hispanic) and asked what he
was smelling. they had cigs in their hand, so they were obviously confused why he was asking. we all kind of looked around, very confused, and he laughed at us. "well it's not cigarettes that I smell. where's the marijuana?" was what he said to us. we all were like "um, idk we
just got here and didn't smell anything?" and he laughed at us, again. mind you, I was 16 and my friends were 17 almost 18. we were all minors. THEN this man had the audacity to tell us to PULL DOWN OUR EYELIDS to check if we were high. obviously, none of us were, but we were all
APPALLED. some of my guy friends did it immediately but I sat there in complete disbelief. he walked over to me and the only other girl there at the time and got up in our faces, asking us if we were high because we hadn't said anything to him. after he "checked our eyelids"
he asked if he could SEARCH OUR BAGS. he had NO probable cause to search us AND we were all UNDERAGE. cops (at least in pa) aren't allowed to search a minor without their parent present, but because we were "young and dumb" he thought he could get away with it. when we refused
he forced us to leave the public pavilion because we weren't allowed to "loiter" there. it was a PUBLIC PAVILION. this kind of thing happened to my friends and I more times than I can count on one hand, and the police force in lancaster county needs a fucking reality check.

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