Published in the anthology, ‘Making Good Time: True Stories Of How We Do, And Don’t, Get Around In South Florida’ / Jai-Alai Books, September, 2019:
We’re speeding along a dark North Miami street in a police cruiser when Luis, the officer behind the wheel, looks at me sideways and smirks. “Watch this.”
He slows down the cruiser, shuts off the headlights, and drifts toward the curb. A few yards ahead, a young couple is walking on the sidewalk hand-in-hand. Their backs are to us. When we’re a few feet behind them, Luis switches on the police siren. Startled by the loud noise, the couple nearly jumps out of their shoes.
Luis flips the headlights back on and speeds off. He’s laughing so hard, he’s swerving. “Did you see the guy’s face?!”
I laugh with him. I don’t want to be rude. And the guy’s face was pretty funny.
It’s early in Luis’ shift, and it’s my first ride-along. I wanted insight on some of Miami-Dade’s troubled northern neighborhoods for a newspaper story I’m writing. So, I signed up at Luis’ station, passed a background check, and agreed to be on my best behavior.
Tonight, though, that last rule seems only to apply to me.
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