Two days ago, my partner and I had an appointment together concerning something that was stressful, to say the least. Since it was a perfect day outside, I thought it would relax us a bit to get some fresh air first, so we left early and decided to sit in Broad Ripple Park to talk. The park was literally full of young mothers with their toddlers and preschoolers, so Jay and I decided to walk to the back of the park to sit on the little pier that overlooks the river.
About 10 minutes into our conversation, a park ranger appeared with an Indianapolis police officer. They asked to see our IDs and started asking a line of ridiculous questions, considering the fact that we were literally just sitting there. The cop told us that they "received a call" but quickly realized we weren't doing anything wrong and even cracked jokes about the whole event, but also said that he couldn't let us go until he made sure we didn't have any "prior arrests."
During the 10 minutes it took for our records to come back, we made pleasant small talk with the officer and then walked away from the situation slightly amused. But the longer I'm away from it the more angry I'm becoming. The woman who called, the cop admitted, gave an exact description of what Jay and I were wearing — despite the fact that neither my boyfriend nor I said one word to one child (or other adult, for that matter), remained within public view, and never lifted a finger to touch each other, just the fact that we were THERE warranted a call to the police. I realize that some
fools men still have sex in parks, and I realize that there are pedophiles in the world but are the women of America so afraid that the mere sight of two men in a park makes them call the police?
I guess MEN just aren't supposed to be in "public" parks anymore. (And this is when the Libertarian in me comes out if you don't want me going to a so-called public park, then I'd appreciate it if you quit taking money from MY tax dollars to support them.)
I've already written a letter to the Indianapolis Star, and I'm thinking about writing to the mayor's office and Nuvo, as well.