The scene is an interrogation room. A small room with brick walls, painted in light green-grey. A two-way mirror is on one wall and a surveillance camera is mounted in the corner.
In the center of the room is a table with a chair on either side. An empty chair is on the side of the table facing a closed door. In the other chair is John, a Black male in his early twenties, wearing a black t-shirt, jeans, and some dried blood around one bruised eye.
An officer in uniform, named Dick, enters the room and sits at the table across from John.
John: Look, I’m not talking to you without my lawyer.
Dick: I understand.
John: No, I don’t think you understand. I want to talk to a white shirt and file a complaint for what you did to me.
Dick: Look, John, we got you for driving without insurance, which is going to cause enough problems for you. But I want to show you something else…
Dick pulls a small device from his duty belt. It looks like a smart phone, only larger and more ‘heavy duty.’ He presses a button and a video begins to play.
Dick: Watch this, right here… I tell you to put your hands behind your back.
The video plays. We hear Dick yelling, “Hands behind your back… behind your back motherfucker… Stop resisting… Stop resisting…” John replies, “I’m not resisting! What are you arresting me for? I have my rights! Tell me what you’re arresting me…” His voice trails off and we hear the sound of tussling bodies and heavy breathing. “Ow! Damn!” Dick stops the video.
John: See, you hit me for no reason. I want my lawyer.
Dick: I told you to put your hands behind your back and you put your arms to the side to avoid being cuffed-
John: I put my hands out so you wouldn’t accuse me of going for a weapon!
Dick: John, I was just attempting to place you in cuffs for my safety, and you resisted. So I can also charge you with resisting arrest.
John: Bullshit, I-
Dick: And when I grabbed your arm you cocked back and elbowed me. That’s assaulting an officer. A felony. You could spend months in jail, maybe more.
John: I didn’t hit you, you hit me! Look at my face! I want to file a complaint.
Dick: Look, John, these complaints never go anywhere and you know that. But they are a real pain in the ass.
John: Well, I’m gonna be a pain in your ass when I sue you.
Dick: John. John. Calm down. Look, you’re facing charges for driving without insurance, resisting arrest, assaulting an officer. You’re looking at some serious time.
John: I want my lawyer.
Dick: How about we make this easier on both of us. If you are willing to let this go, we can stop this all right here and I’ll send you home with a traffic ticket. If you want to go ahead and file that complaint, this video will be played for a jury and you’re going to be doing some hard time. What do you say?