In the worst-things-you-can-do-when-pulled-over-by-the-cops anthology, this story as perpetrated by Akron sophomore guard Rydell Brooks must rank near the top. Around midnight Saturday, Brooks and his buddy, Ed Davis, Jr., were stopped by police on what they called a “routine traffic stop.”
Shoot First, Ask Questions Later (photo credit: WKYC.com)
Let’s see, we’ve been pulled over many times in our driving days, and we’ve developed a keen sense of what not to do in those situations. For one, you don’t start moving around inside the vehicle, nor do you start reaching for things that may or may not be hidden in the glovebox or the floorboard. You try to keep yourself courteous and polite and you avoid arguing with the po-po man over whatever it is he’s saying you did. Most importantly, you don’t pull out a bitchin’ MAC-10 and start unloading into the friendly officers under any circumstances…
Brooks and Davis had other ideas:
A University of Akron basketball player is being held on charges of firing shots at Akron police officers after a traffic stop. Akron police detectives said Rydell Brooks, 20, a UA sophomore, was pulled over on a routine traffic stop around midnight Saturday. Police said Brooks fled from the vehicle and fired several shots at officers, who caught him after a short chase. He is being held in the Summit County Jail, along with Edward J. Davis Jr., 20, of Cole Avenue, Akron. Davis also was in the car, police said.
From today’s arraignment hearing:
Rydell Brooks, 20, a UA sophomore, and Edward Davis Jr., 20, of Akron, are each charged with attempted murder, felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon. Bond was set at $1 million. Brooks is also charged with driving with a suspended license and excessively tinted windows. An Akron prosecutor said five guns and two ski masks were found inside Brooks’ 1997 Dodge Caravan following his arrest. According to police, as officers approached the vehicle on Bellows Street around midnight Saturday they were greeted with gunfire. No one was injured in the gunfire. Police have not indicated that they returned the gunfire.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmkaaaaaaaaaaay… our first question is how the hell did the police catch someone who was shooting at them without shooting that person themselves? Really, how does that happen? They’re claiming attempted murder here – did Brooks run out of ammo? Did he toss the weapon while being chased? Did the cops have one of those giant cartoon nets they shot out of a cannon?
Your Last TV Appearance (photo credit: Akron Beacon-Journal)
And our second question is… excessively tinted windows? Is that why the cops stopped Brooks in the first place? They couldn’t have possibly known that Brooks was driving on a suspended license or that he had a veritable armory in the van, so that was their probable cause? Talk about walking into a hornet’s nest.
See Rydell, we saw The Wire last week, that’s why you invest in a hollowed-out compartment behind the glove box. Oh, and call Levance Fields – he seems to know how to get out of these types of messes. Heck, he assaulted an officer, grabbed at his weapon, and didn’t even get suspended last year (granted, he didn’t shoot at the guy, but these are mere technicalities).