One of the cops who'd approached me took my wrists, one at a time, pulled them down to my lower back, and handcuffed me. I didn't resist at all. My total cooperation didn't deter Officer Bullhorn, who by this was time was out of his car and therefore just Officer Loudmouth, from repeating, "Do not resist the officer, Do not resist the officer."
The thought crossed my mind, to scream out that I wasn't resisting shit, but I didn't. I was in serious trouble for some reason, and I was actually fearing for my life a little bit. I remembered that a lot of police cars have video cameras in them, and I resolved to make sure that any recording of what I suspected was my impending murder would show that I'd cooperated completely.
These cops were going to fry. Not that it would do me much good by that time.
Once I was cuffed, they pulled me to my feet that leaned me over against the hood of my car. They frisked me and found nothing. Officer Loudmouth said something about how they were going to search my car because of a felony or something. By this time I wasn't paying attention at all. I was mentally preparing my will, and wondering how my sisters and my dad would take the news of my death.
While one of the cops was searching my car, the radios in the cop cars crackled to life. "Blah blah robbery suspect in custody blah blah," they said. Even though I couldn't see anything, what with my face pressed against the hood of my car and all, I could sense the cops looking at each other with surprise and confusion.
The cop who still had his gun drawn, at least I think it was him, pulled out his microphone thing and talked into it.
The radios cracked some more. I couldn't make out anything, this time. But a lot of amazing things happened right away.
The cops all whispered to each other for a minute or two.
My handcuffs were removed.
Two of the policemen got into their cars and drove away.
I was still afraid to move, so I stayed as I was. Leaning over my car with my face pressed against the wet hood.
Officer Loudmouth and the last remaining backup cop talked for a bit, then the backup cop got into his car and left.
"Please stand up, sir," Officer Loudmouth said to me.
I stood up, and I turned to face him.
"The reason I pulled you over tonight, sir," he said, "was because your driving sucked."
He said it with such a straight face that I couldn't help but contrast his expression with a smile.
"I didn't think that cops were allowed to use language like that with civilians, " I said.
Officer Loudmouth managed to grin without cracking his face in half.
"Only when it's true," he said.
I was starting to decompress.
"Well, sorry about that. I was just having a really hard time seeing in the rain. The glare from the road was blinding me, so I slowed down. Better safe than sorry."
"Right," he said. "Better safe than sorry. You're free to go, sir. Sorry for the inconvenience, and be careful."
As I moved to get back into my car, I had to ask, "What was that all about? The handcuffing and the drawn weapons and stuff?"
"Sir," he said, "Your car matched the description of a car used in an armed robbery in Bellevue earlier tonight."
"So that's why you pulled me over?" I asked.
"No sir," he replied. "As I said, I pulled you over because your driving sucked. It was when I was running your plates that I was told about the robbery and the suspect vehicle."
"Okay," I said. "You thought I was dangerous."
"Yes, sir," he said. "Armed and dangerous."
"Well, I'm pretty much the opposite of armed and dangerous."
"That's good to hear, sir. You have a good evening, and be careful."
And I got back into my piece of shit Thunderbird and drove away.
A couple of weeks later, I finally stopped shaking.