Did I Just Witness A New Police Tactic?

by Travis Mateer


What I’m about to describe just happened.

Around 11pm I was walking to a food truck in downtown Missoula when a young woman started yelling at a police car as it sped by. She was yelling because the back door on the driver’s side was cracked open as it sped south toward the Rhino.

I thought I was joking when I told the young woman to stop yelling because we might be witnessing a new police tactic.


I decided to follow the cop car and sure enough there were officers in the back of the cruiser cracking the door in anticipation of dismounting their steel steed.

The cruiser stopped at the entryway to Caras Park. Two other cruisers were parked further west, on Fronts street, near an empty car. One of the cruisers sped off, wheels screeching.

With the action seemingly moved elsewhere, I approached the crowd and spoke with an eye witness, who made a point to tell me he wasn’t drunk, since he just got off work. Apparently, according to this bearded man, some guy was belligerent and the cops were called to deal with him. In fact, the offending dude demanded that people call the cops on him.

That’s it.

I know it’s the eve of the greatest terrorist attack ever pulled off with boxcutters, but c’mon, boys in blue, that’s fucking ridiculous.

Also, I’m emailing the PIO to get a comment on whether or not what I witnessed tonight is an approved police tactic.

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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