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    The Race Card 9-year-old boy stops driveway basketball game to hide from passing police car in Connecticut

    By Kemberly Richardson - ABC 7 Eyewitness News


    TRUMBULL, Connecticut (WABC) -- A 9-year-old boy who was playing basketball in his driveway in Connecticut when he hid from a passing police car has gone viral after his father shared video on social media.

    Stacey Pierre-Louis posted the footage on Instagram, asking, "Why does he feel like he has to hide when he isn't doing anything wrong?"

    His son Eliah was a kid simply being a kid on a warm summer day in Trumbull, but then the family's home security system caught a heartbreaking image -- the soon to be fifth grader reacting as a police car passes.

    "When I got home, I asked him why he did what he did," Pierre-Louis said. "And then he goes on to tell me, 'Because they killed George Floyd.' That leveled me. What do you say to that?"

    The camera shows Eliah briefly hiding behind an SUV, barley moving an inch, until the police car passes. It's only then that he goes back to playing ball.

    Pierre-Louis was at work watching the system remotely and got a notification there was motion in the garage, but he never imaged he'd see this.

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    "You feel a range of emotion," he said. "Shock, even a sense of hopelessness, because I wasn't there to make him feel better."

    The married father of two waited a few days before posting the video on social media, and millions have since viewed the clip -- including NBA star Lebron James, who said it broke his heart before writing a letter to the family.

    "Ultimately, I'm grateful this happened because it sets up an environment where you can have some uncomfortable but very necessary conversations with not just our kid but everyone," Pierre-Louis said.

    He says that since he posted the video, he's received overwhelmingly positive comments and feedback. Shortly after it happened, a police officer in their neighborhood stopped by to visit Eliah.

    "We had a conversation," he said. "The goal was just to be honest, with discretion, because you want them to remain innocent still."

    Pierre-Louis says he hopes the roughly 30 second piece of video ends up on the right side of change.

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    Gee, I wonder where his kid learned this from?



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    Here's an idea... Instead of teaching your children to fear the police, teach them to be law abiding citizens.
    This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griffin View Post
    Here's an idea... Instead of teaching your children to fear the police, teach them to be law abiding citizens.

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    I always freeze get a bit tense when I'm driving and see the police around. Reassured NOT

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    I dont. What I do hate is when they get right on my ass and follow me for awhile. I've been known to slow way, way down, just so they'll pull me over, then find out why they were following me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinD View Post
    I dont. What I do hate is when they get right on my ass and follow me for awhile. I've been known to slow way, way down, just so they'll pull me over, then find out why they were following me.
    I meant involuntarily, I get a bit tense and more alert. Don't you feel a bit nervous/uncomfortable or something when this happens?

    Maybe the cop car isn't particularly close - It's just that because it's a cop car that you notice?

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    Ah, in that case, no, not at all. Perhaps it's because I worked with the military version of law enforcement, perhaps its te years of working alongside of cops when I was a firefighter. But no, I dont get nervous around them.

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    Ah, sounds like you are "conditioned"

    I can't relax until they are out of sight.

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    kind of like standing in line with a tranny,eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griffin View Post
    kind of like standing in line with a tranny,eh?
    Especially in Thailand. They always pick on me... ME?!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinD View Post
    I dont. What I do hate is when they get right on my ass and follow me for awhile. I've been known to slow way, way down, just so they'll pull me over, then find out why they were following me.
    That's the absolute worst. I don't mind having a cop behind me, I may be a little more conscious of my speed knowing he's back there, but otherwise it doesn't bother me. Unless they are riding my ass. I have no idea why the fuck they feel the need to do that other than they want you to maybe panic and do something so they can pull you over? But it's stupid and annoying.

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    I don't get tense when cops are around. I guess it's because my mother and her uncle worked in law enforcement and I grew up with cops and state and federal agents around. I also know that if I get pulled over that it's nothing personal, it's their job, and I know the rules of decorum when being stopped or questioned.

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