Meet Jeremy Drew, America’s Hope For The Future

This YouTube video has gone viral showing Jeremy Drew, 12, confronting a police officer in Vegas about his illegally parked motorcycle. The officer parked illegally to buy a soda and Jeremy Drew asks him why he felt that he could park illegally and asked for his badge number. The officer refuses, even though all officers are supposed to allow citizens to see their name and badge number.

Drew asks the officer “Is there a reason for you to park on the sidewalk? Is it like an emergency or anything?”

The officer simply does not respond to which Drew adds “Can I see your badge number?” The officer asks him why he is asking for the badge number and Drew replies “Uh, because I have the right to.”

The officer replies: “You do? Are you a junior lawyer?”

Drew answers “No, I just want to see your badge number. Uh, can I please see your badge number?” The officer then rides away.

I am not aggrieved about the illegal parking for the officer. Officers are in fact allowed to park illegally in carrying out their duties (though soda stops are not exactly part of the thin blue line image). However, the officer did violate the rules in refusing his badge number and Drew was correct that he had a right to see it. More importantly, at a time when citizens are increasingly passive in the face of a burgeoning police presence in our society, this 12-year-old boy showed remarkable courage. He stood his ground even when the officer compounded his violation in refusing to show his badge by asking for identification from the boy. The youngster responds “I’m a minor. I’m Jeremy Drew.”

Yes, you are. And I think it is pretty cool to be Jeremy Drew.

66 thoughts on “Meet Jeremy Drew, America’s Hope For The Future

  1. He’ll be taken into state care as his parents are obviously unable to teach him to respect his betters.
    In the meantime, he should be very careful not to break any bylaws.

  2. You should. Be “aggrieved” at the fact that the officer felt it was appropriate park his motorcycle on the side walk. If police officers have the discretion to violate parking regulations, it is hard to believe that it was warranted in this case. Discretion implies that one will use it only when appropriate. Too many officers user there discretion to act as if they are above the law.

    The officer was in the wrong and knew it. He then compounded his mistake by refusing to give his badge number. I have to admit Jeremy was taking a big chance asking for the number and filming the encounter it could have gone very badly for him, particularly if he had been a little older. It would be interesting to follow up with him and his parents to see if the officer took any further action in retaliation. I would not be surprised.

    Jeremy is a courageous kid.

  3. my wife has a cousin who used to read the dictionary about what kind of worms they would get if they played in the mud. They used to laugh at him, now they pity him.

    Play in the mud kid.

  4. Cops have parking privileges that you and I don’t enjoy….. I watch them park a cruiser in a no parking spot…. When some consumer was parked there the guy got out wrote a ticket and then pulled his cruiser and parked in front of another store…. I kid you not…..

  5. “He’s now on one or more watch lists.”

    Following Gene: The kid. Not the cop.

  6. Couple of things.

    There are times when the police need to park illegally, due to emergencies or other official reasons. The best thing to do in this situation is to put on the emergency flashers. It lets people know that the officer is parking there for a reason other than being lazy. (sometimes, it is not reasonable to do this, such as when the officer is staking out someone at night and needs to be blacked out but this is uncommon)

    What is especially bad about this situation is most motorcycle officers are assigned to traffic enforcement only, which illegal parking is part of.

    The refusal to identify here is the problem and obviously it is because the trooper did not want to be embarassed and / or he had no respect for the child enquiring.

    Under WA’s traffic code it is a misdemeanor for an officer to not produce a commission card when requested. I wonder if CA has similar laws.

  7. Kudos to Jeremy. I would be careful that the officer does not try some sort of retaliatory ticketing campaign against him or his parents.

  8. On Today show they told story then Lauer and the other guy laughed uproariously, the kid is going to be a really good lawyer, and so on, making light of what is a legitimate story, esp when compounded with the other police videos, ‘you cant tape us.’ It also seems to be an attempt to intimidate the kid. How courageous of him not to just slink away when the cop refused to give the requested info.

  9. Kudos to this kid, exposing a cop for the arrogance that abounds among them; “we’re above the law”, and all that. I’d also echo earlier comments that his parents need to watch out for retaliatory actions. I certainly wouldn’t put this cop or his fellows above such a petty campaign. Gotta keep the commoners in line, ya know.

  10. Good for Jeremy. Polite and persistent. I have no problem with cops parking wherever when necessary, but parking a motorcycle on the sidewalk for a drink stop doesn’t cut it for me. But it does show how lazy the cop is that he couldn’t walk a few extra feet from the street to the store.

  11. Now if only the Capitol Hill Police in DC would get the memo that parking ON the sidewalks and in the crosswalks where those with mobility disabilities, those using strollers, etc., need to cross, we’d make some progress.

  12. leejcaroll: Is there anything they don’t laugh at on Today? That used to be a legitimate news show; not so much any more. News shows are few and far between, and by all means let’s ridicule the brave boy who stood up to the police. That should take him down a peg and lead him to conformity.

  13. I can’t get too upset about this cop. Parking illegally briefly is not great but he didn’t beat the kid up and run him in for allegedly resisting arrest or suspected terrorist activity or “drop” some drugs on him and throw the false book at him. I’ll save my real outrage for the cops who make this guy look like three saints put together.

  14. Malisha, it’s not about outrage. It’s about following the rules and respecting the public. The attitude he gave the kid is the basis for the attitude held by cops who do much worse things. A condescending sense of superiority is the first sign of a bad cop and an essential quality for an abusive cop.

    This guy needs (as Barney Fife would say, ironically) to be nipped in the bud.

    When we set the bar so low (he wasn’t beating anyone up? meh…) that cops believe they have a right to act like this, it naturally creates the culture we see today.

  15. “America’s Hope for the Future”? …. This kid represents all that is wrong with America .. an entitled brat with no respect for his betters. Sure, the cop was wrong, but Jeremy Drew tried to use the situation to aggrandize himself at the expense of a first responder. Until the obnoxious Jeremy Drew is willing to take a bullet in the line of duty for town or country (like the cop) I have no value on that petty snotty punk or his opinions. Meanwhile he can shove his cell phone camera up his rear end.

  16. Really?? All that is wrong with America? Asking a policeman respectfully and being met with attempted bullying by the cop so the kid can be trained early on not to question authority. And asking the questions makes him a “brat” and “entitled”? He may be a first responder but he was not in this instance. The kid saw something he saw he thought was wrong and questioned it. What is wrong with America is people not questioning authority, of saying that authority is right no matter how wrong.

  17. Another teachable moment squandered. Had the cop handled the situation with a little humor and class, the outcome could have been much different. Rather, he chose to act like a bully.

  18. Malisha, Temperance is too often look upon here as being “uncaring” or not “down w/ the struggle.” Your take is pretty close to mine. So you must be right![tongue in cheek].

  19. The police ARE above the law. They constantly break laws overtly in public in order to habituate citizens to their supremacy over them. Tyranny.

  20. Brian C
    “to aggrandize himself at the expense of a first responder.”

    I must admit that the boy had a tone that was irritating to me.
    Apart from that I think that your post might repesent “all that is wrong with America”.

    The cop appears to be overweight.
    This might be due to him slurping down large sodas (on duty even?)
    He is projecting a message that laws and even consideration to pedestrians don’t apply to him – because he is a cop.
    He handles the situation very badly.

    You appear to see him as a heroic first responder who is willing to take a bullet in the line of duty for town or country.
    This unthinking adoration of people in uniform seems to be a perversion that has taken increasing hold since 9/11.
    He’s actualy a lard-ass traffic cop with a bad attitude to the law, to the public and to his stomach. He is a disgrace to his uniform.

  21. Wow. A disgrace to his uniform huh. I love people who criticize cops but would never even think of putting on a uniform for a living and realizing just how much s#!t they have to eat from outright disrespectful cop haters out there. That’s ok though, they only do this job because of the great perks like great pay, public adoration and low stress. Kids a punk if you ask me.

  22. Jeremy is lucky he wasn’t taken away in cuffs. Many present-day American cops don’t want to be questioned or filmed and seem to believe laws don’t apply to them. We have, through our permissiveness and indifference, created the very type of police force that we have criticized many countries for allowing – that is, an entity which operates above and outside legal constraints.

  23. “no respect for his betters”

    Hmmm. Last time I checked, cops are no better than anyone else. Some are decent folks doing their job. Some are criminals with badges. A lot more are somewhere in between.

    No one is owed respect by fiat. Sure. Some people think they are, but that is simply a flaw in their thinking. Respect, just like disrespect, is earned.

    This incident does, however, raise the question of who is better. The cop abusing his position for his petty convenience and doing something he would ticket a citizen for doing? Or a kid willing to take him to task for it?

    I’m going to vote the kid.


    :D Dude. You’re psychic.:mrgreen: I think he kinda looks like that guy from the video I posted for the story “A Fine Line Between Honest and Stupid” as well as a “CHiPs” extra.

  24. He’s a snot. A snotty little kid that needs to get the snot slapped out of him by his parents. Anyone that thinks cops in Vegas have more to do than to deal with a snot like this kid are in the right. Take your camera, your snotty little 12 year old snot rear end and do what 12 year olds should be doing at 12 years old and that’s not screwing around with cops that have to deal with drunks on the strip every day.

    Cop just wanted a soda and had to deal with a snot. Kid is nothing more than a snot.

  25. “Cop just wanted a soda and had to deal with a snot.”

    Then he should have parked legally in the parking lot like everyone else instead of on the sidewalk like the Gestapo. Laws apply to the police too.

  26. Im so tired of the line.. UNTIL you put yourself in a cops shoes!!!! FYI… no one forced any cop to join the academy… they did so knowing full well what joining was about. in todays society of leo’s most of them are only in uniform to commit crimes legally. to lock up civilians on any number of petty crimes meanwhile the cop him/herself is committing a worse crime.. I KEEP MY RESPECT FOR THE COPS OF YESTERDAY who honored. their uniforms with BRAVERY, HONESTY AND REAL COURAGE. the cops of yesterday who knew everyone in the community and did any and everything they could to help those in need. i’d rather wear the shoes of OFFICERS OF THE PAST. not the present and certainly not the future.

    Wait let me clarify a few things yes todays cops can never hold a candle to yesterdays.. there are a few good apples in todays society.. about 10 of every 100.. why anyone bothers to join the department today is beyond me. knowing that you might get hooked in with rogue. and if you report their criminal activities you had better enter witness protection. there is a reason they drastically lowered the standards of the testing, there is a also a reason most cops today are being hired straight out of the military. and IT ISNT ANYTHING GOOD FOR CIVILIANS. especially since we the civilians no longer have a constitution, rights nor any freedoms.

    ive been reading the below site back when it was named injustice everywhere, i also read behind the blue wall and lawless america along with copwatch and a host of other sites that report on the criminal doings of our so called LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

    i will continue to Praise and Thank the cops who hold true to their uniform but those who don’t will never receive any respect

  27. You don’t tug on Superman’s cape;
    You don’t spit into the wind;
    You don’t pull the mask off the ol’ Lone Ranger
    And you don’t mess with the motorcycle cop.

    They’re gonna get ya, Jeremy.

  28. There is a biblical passage that says, “Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the grain.” I take that to mean that the poor soul who is doing the hard work should be allowed to take advantage of the difficult situation he finds himself in. So let it be with this hard-working police officer. Jeremy, go ride your bike and stop tryig to be a wise ass, you little prick.

  29. A few years back, while walking through downtown Seattle, I witnessed two beat cops jaywalking. So I called out to them in a jovial way, “I thought you gave out tickets for jaywalking like that?” One of them called back at me while pointing ahead of him, “It’s not jaywalking when you’re crossing the street using the alley way.”

    Kid has gusto! I like that.

  30. “So let it be with this hard-working police officer.”

    What about hard-working pizza-delivery bikers?
    Can they park their bikes on the pavement too? They work hard. They have to put up with a**holes and deadbeats.

    If a cop can have a sense of entitlement that leads him to act as the law does not apply to him, why can’t other hard-working people ignore the law without penalty?
    I work hard. If I want to buy a soda when driving from A to B, why can I not park beside a fire-hydrant? I’d just be popping into the store beside it. The car will be in my view. If a fire alarm goes off anywhere near, I’ll be able to move the car away long before the fire service arrives.
    Is it OK to park at a fire-hydrant or other no-parking spot as long as one can move on if there is an actual problem? At the very least, it must be OK for hard-working people to do so. No?

    What other laws can hard-working people ignore?

    Or is it just cops who can get away with a massive and inappropriate sense of entitlement?
    Is it that they know that they can do whatever because there is no “Quis” around to “custodiet ipsos custodes”.?
    This would be corruption that is flaunted in the faces of their ‘lessers’.
    It might be petty corruption, but it’s blurring boundaries and is cancerous to society.
    Should cops not be exemplary? (as in the good sense of that).

    Does this cop’s attitude not give out entirely the wrong message?
    1) It prompts a feeling of resentment and disrespect on the part of law-abiding people.
    2) It prompts losers to join the force so that they too can strut around and self-aggrandize.
    3) Vicious circle

  31. I believe the parents of that disrespectful child needs to explain ‘to him’ that they have made a mistake in the extent of empowerment that they have given him. There are other circumstances that ‘children’ have NO IDEA of. Perhaps the MC was on the sidewalk; but it left another FULL parking space available for a CAR which has NO room on a sidewalk. There are extenuating circumstances – for instance, perhaps the officer has been participating in activity which only gave him a moment to grab a drink quickly before doing traffic control or something that may reduced a traffic jam. The parents must have been standing nearby and knew that IF they had asked the same question, they would have been out of line, then probably pushing their son to do it. In any event, the child did not speak in a child’s inquisitive manner; he spoke with a sarcastic attitude which had been prompted to him by someone else. A child whom is NOT even LEGALLY driving – would NOT have any knowledge about WHAT may or may not be parked and where. Perhaps it’s time to also do a background check on the parents to see what type of charges and tickets they have received. That CHILD has picked up on someone ELSE committing something illegal prior to judging a police officer. Jeremy Drew – son you need to learn respect and choose your battles.

  32. “Perhaps the MC was on the sidewalk; but it left another FULL parking space available for a CAR which has NO room on a sidewalk.”
    OK I’ll bite
    It’s Ok to park motorcycles on the sidewalk as this leaves room for cars to park. This means for everybody – not just for cops. Right?

    “There are extenuating circumstances – for instance, perhaps the officer has been participating in activity which only gave him a moment to grab a drink quickly before doing traffic control or something that may reduced a traffic jam.”
    Look at the video. Does that cop look like he’s in a hurry? Even before ne notices the boy, he’s definitely leisurely about his pace.

    “Jeremy Drew – son you need to learn respect”.
    Cop – man you need to learn to behave in a manner that engenders respect rather than encourages disrespect.
    I did say above,
    “I must admit that the boy had a tone that was irritating to me.”

    Nevertheless, the cop should be able to rise above that. He is meant to be doing a job. If he to enforce the lawa, he should absolutely not be breaking them. His butt-hurt should not enter into it – particularly when he was in the wrong in the first place.

    I’m amazed that so many commenters find no fault with the cop’s actions througout.
    So many cop-suckers ! :)

  33. That struck me as well, ST.

    Some cops seem to think that not only should their “power” be genuflected to, but that they are above the law.

    They work for us – the citizens – and their only power is what we grant them and no more. They aren’t owed respect automatically because of the badge. The badge is owed respect, but the men and women wearing them have to earn it like everyone else. Some deserve it. A good many don’t. They are not above the rule of law either. That whole entitlement attitude? Is exactly why so many of them catch a lot of crap from “cop haters”. There is only one class of public servant that is due respect simply for showing up to work: firefighters. The rest of ya’ll? Get in line like everyone else.

  34. when I was a kid the cops were your friends. we wouldnt have gone up to a cop and asked for his badge number for any reason as a 12 year old.

    If some kid came up to me and asked to see my license because I was double parked, I would tell him to go home, I hear his momma calling.

    12 year olds dont know sh*t from shinola and that cop has done a heck of a lot more than that kid.

    Part of the problem with our society is that children think they are on equal footing with adults. Maybe some are, I have met some who are very smart but they still dont have the tempering of time which provides experience to that intelligence. And based on the fact that their brains arent fully formed, it is generally a good idea, as parents, to think twice about giving them a camera and sending them to ask a cop for his badge number.

    Leave that to the adults, it is their job to control government. Oh fuk it, maybe we need to release the 12 year olds into DC with cameras.

  35. Is it true that a minor has a RIGHT to see the badge number? This is a serious question. I’m interested in this because on the one hand, children are regularly marginalized in society, but on the other hand, they don’t always have the same legal status as adults. They don’t always have the same responsibilities, nor the same rights.

    As for the police officer, yes, it is true that we must hold them to high standards of professionalism and accountability, but we also have to keep in mind the psychological fact that such pressures are stressful, and the job is already highly stressful. In the ideal case, police officers shouldn’t bend parking laws to get coffee. But if the police have to come to my home or business, I think I’d rather the officer was in a good mood because he has had his coffee instead of being in a bad mood because he couldn’t get his coffee for lack of a parking space. People (sometimes rightly) complain that police officers think of themselves with an “us-vs-them” mentality. But if you felt that your every move was being scrutinized by people just waiting to jump on every minor mistake you make, wouldn’t you, as well? (I’m thinking of this from the standpoint of human psychology, not from the standpoint of justifying the behavior.)

  36. The officer was wrong. He needs some counseling on how to handle public relations issues. For one thing, he did park illegally. As far as answering Jeremy’s question, all he had to do was state his badge number. By refusing to do so, he turned a nothing situation into a viral video. As I tell the new guys, do NOT do something that makes you the star of a YouTube viral video unless you are rescuing somebody or their pet from a burning building.

  37. ““us-vs-them” mentality. But if you felt that your every move was being scrutinized by people just waiting to jump on every minor mistake you make, wouldn’t you, as well?”

    You mean like being ticketed for not coming to a *complete* halt at a Stop sign – being 1 over the speed limit – jay-walking across an empty street – parking your motorbike on the sidewalk – sort of thing?
    – thinking of this from the standpoint of human psychology
    —— and then seeing cops doing those things.

    I think I’d rather that the cop did the job professionally regardless of the mood that he/she was in. Give me a pro – not a prima donna.

    Once you start to condone law-breaking by law-enforcers, the whole system starts to break down.

  38. Bron,

    Leave that to the adults, it is their job to control government.

    Look around. The adults really suck at that job.

    Oh fuk it, maybe we need to release the 12 year olds into DC with cameras.

    You could be onto something there.
    …….. A bunch of kids asking “Why is the King naked?”

  39. Holy Mother of Non-Issues…let this cop do his thing and be on his way for Christ’s sake. That’s at least a $15,000 motorcycle right there. Most motorcyclists want to park as close to an establishment as possible to avoid theft/damage to their rides. I have a smaller enduro motorcycle that has no steering lock and could be easily rolled away or lifted by two guys onto a pick-up truck; so I try to park as close to a store as I can-right outside the front door if possible-with the store owner’s permission, of course. If this kid wants to change the world, perhaps he should attempt to film some gang bangers on a street corner slingin’ dope, and then go find the police.

  40. “What is wrong with America is people not questioning authority, of saying that authority is right no matter how wrong.”

    It bears repeating.

  41. I am amazed by the outright hatred of this kid I read here by some posters. Astonishing. This is what is wrong with America. You disagree and instead of stating that respectfully, call names, suggest the cops should take the kids info and investigate the parents, and so on?

    As to cops being first responders and not questioning what they do no matter what evidently, including walking illegally, parking illegally (2 examples from the comments) I recall when I loved in NYC and the cops/firemen would turn on lights and sirens to get to delis/restaurants faster on their lunch breaks. (Writing that I realize some of the posters would say they deserve to do that, after all they only have so much time for lunch so they need to get there in a more speedy fashion then the rest of the people who work and only have a specied amount of time for their lunch breaks.

  42. Some of you might get a kick out of this.

    About 7 or so years ago, I had to take some training at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center. One afternoon when walking back to the building via the back lot after lunch another deputy and I saw a Washington State Patrol car parked in a handicapped parking space, and there were several regular spots around. Arrogance I thought. So, we decided to play a kind of joke on him for doing this.

    We went into one of the training rooms where there were some Kangaroo Court traffic ticket forms and grabbed one. (They look just the same as a regular traffic ticket but they are fakes used for the training of rookies)

    We took out the green copy (defendant’s) and stuck it on the windshield of the WSP patrol car.

    Bet the trooper had a bit of a rush when he first saw it.

  43. Darren,
    I was in a parking lot a while back when a deputy sheriff pulled into the only available handicap slot. He jumped out of the car and started toward the supermarket. I beeped my horn and got his attention. He came closer and i asked where his handicap tag was. He said he was serving a summons in the store and would be leaving shortly. I asked him again where his handicap tag was, and if he was so infirm he could not walk a little further, he was in the wrong line of work. His face turned all shades of red, and I thought steam was going to come out of his ears, but he stomped over to the patrol car and moved it.

    I smiled sweetly at him and waved. He didn’t wave back.

  44. Good for you for doing that. It took nerve to pursue it with him.
    Now if you could just do something about the people who think handicapped spots are reserved for them to park their carts when they’re finished with them………. (:

  45. It’s fashionable to record the police while aggravating them these days. Wing nuts think he should be applauded but reasonable people call him out for being a spoiled brat that is only parroting what his parents do. It’s completely up to the business owners discretion if he can park there or not. Not breaking any laws. They don’t pay these police enough to put up with this BS. Someone’s either yelling police brutality when one of them sneezes, or we have whiny kids like this one, trying to aggravate an officer.

  46. Then all the cop had to do was tell the kid I t is not illegal because I have permission from the business owner. The cop had a teachable oment and instead cjose to teach that I am cop, here me roar and try and intimidate you and refuse to do what I should, which is explain/ID himself, that is why he wears a badge after all

  47. Hubert if they cannot handle their job properly and legally then they need to find a new profession. As far as pay goes, people who make far less than police officers put up with much more BS than they do as well. Ever watch how employees of retail or fast food places are abused?

    How would you like to try living on 250 bucks a week putting up with things like this

  48. So a cop breaking laws are somehow exempt from facing penalties the rest of us have to endure?
    Reminds me of the time 2 cops decided I looked suspicious walking home after school was done.
    Their reasoning: How can a guy dressed in a leather jacket with a backpack and a ponytail to boot, have any legal cause to be in a high rent/villa neighbourhood?
    I’m not saying cops are idiots, I’m pointing out that not all officers of the law actually follow the LAW.

  49. This young man has good manners. He is also impertinent.

    Anyone has the right to ask to see a badge number but it is up to the policeman to decide when and if he will comply with the request. Even YouTube does not override that element.

    If young Jeremy, or anyone else, wishes to report a police violation he is certainly free to do so. He is not, however, empowered as a citizen to upbraid police authority. I’d say both Jeremy and the policeman demonstrated unusual restraint in this instance. In that regard, the incident is instructive to us all.

  50. By law isn’t a law enforcement officer required to identify himself when challenged? By Federal Law?

  51. “@SlingTrebuchet
    1, May 8, 2013 at 6:45 am
    He’ll be taken into state care as his parents are obviously unable to teach him to respect his betters.
    In the meantime, he should be very careful not to break any bylaws.”

    Did you seriously just say “his betters”? Think about the words you use before you use them. This POS Cop is NO better than anyone else which is the point of the whole thing. The cop seems to think he is better which leads to him thinking he is above the law. People like you just prop up the theory that they are better and allow them to run wild.

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