12-Year-Old Brat Calls Out Cop for Parking Illegally (VIDEO)

police officerWe all want to raise kids who stand up for themselves and for justice in this world, but how far exactly do we want them to go in doing so? A 12-year-old boy who goes by the name of Jeremy Drew is sparking some pretty strong debate about this after a video he took has gone viral.

In the video, he approaches a Las Vegas police officer who he saw park illegally on a sidewalk not to save lives, or answer a call for help, but to get a soda. With his camera on, you see Jeremy approach the officer and politely but persistently ask him why he did it. "Is there a reason for you to park on the sidewalk?" he asks. "Is it like an emergency or anything?"

When the officer ignores him, Jeremy asks for his badge number.

When the officer asks him why, Jeremy responds, "Because I have a right to." Eventually the officer just rides away and never gives Jeremy his badge number.

With more than 3.4 million views of the video since it was posted last September (and was posted on Reddit this past weekend), people are split as to what they think. Some think Jeremy is a hero and are offering up all sorts of kudos for him and slamming the officer. Personally, I think the kid is just a brat who wanted to stir up trouble. He clearly was looking for his shot at Internet fame, and he got it.

The officer wasn't doing anything really wrong, and if he wanted to run in and get a soda, it's not a matter of national security. Should he have given him his badge number? Probably so, but beyond that, I think this cop handled Jeremy and his annoying inquisition reasonably well, and that Jeremy needs to learn a thing or two about respecting those in authority.

Watch for yourself and see what you think.

Do you think Jeremy was being a good citizen or a brat?


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LostS... LostSoul88

He was not being a brat at all. He was trying to make a point. Why is it okay for cops to break every law in the book for if a regular person did the very same thing they would receive a ticket? I see police breaking the law every single day and if I did half the stuff they do I would be swimming in tickets and/or possible jail time. 

Amie Acosta

No, this kid isn't a brat. He's making the point that the law applies to EVERYONE. 

Melan... MelanieJK

Both.   Cops don't write tickets for the majority of violations they see so it's a little silly to get our panties in a wad over them doing something like this.    The faster he gets his drink the sooner he's back on the street doing his job.   

nonmember avatar MammaMel

not a brat. I can't park on the sidewalk, so why can a cop? We need to make a choice, are they or aren't they above the law?

Erinly Erinly

I'm married to a cop and my feeling is, they put their lives on the line every single day to keep people safe and if they want to park on the sidewalk to go get a sofa, go for it. Then again, I might be a tad biased :)

2many... 2manydiapers

When I was 4 I yelled at a cop screaming litter bug. My preschool had just done earth day. My mom was mortified, & says the cop turned red and picked up his trash.

nonmember avatar Paige

Erinly, my husband is a cop, too. And if he wants a soda he can park in a legally designated spot and go in and get one. To expect to be able to break even a minor law because of your chosen occupation, is very arrogant. Such behavior actually makes a police officer's job more difficult, and dangerous. People have to have a reason to respect cops. If they seem them breaking the law, "Because I can" then they aren't deserving of much respect, and probably won't receive much.

Kendra Larios-Mendez

I'm on the fence. On one hand the kid was up to something by having his camera on in the first place. But a brat? That's too far. If you had your car/motorcycle parked that way on a side walk to run and get a soda the cop wouldn't have thought twice about ticketing you. But it's ok for him because he has a badge and a gun? The kid was just pointing out what every cop in America gets away with but on the flip side, why is the kid starting stuff with a cop. There are more respectful ways to make a point.

Bri06... Bri060492

So i can park on the sidewalk if i just want to run in and get  soda? no i have to follow the laws so does the officer.

Emily Alane Stromberg Baker

How is he a brat? According to the story, he was polite to the police officer. Is he a hero? Um, no. He's a kid calling somebody out for a minor vehicular violation. It just happens that that someone is a cop. So what? Just because the guy is a cop doesn't give him the right to break the law in order to get a soda. Should the kid have caught it all on video? Um, also no. So maybe in THAT respect he's bratty, but he's not a brat for respectfully pointing out someone else's disrespect for the law. Especially when it's a cop disrespecting the laws he's supposed to be enforcing. 

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