Today, on my way home from work, I saw something you don't see every day. Or at least something I don't every day; if you do, you must either be a cop or live in a rougher neighborhoold than I.
As I pulled up to a stoplight at U.S. Route 1 in Fairfax County, I saw a police car with its lights on, stopped near the light in the southbound left turn lane. A maroon Crown Vic, identical to the marked car but for lights and markings, was stopped in front of it with the driver's door. It was obviously an unmarked police car. There were two police officers on the ground near next to the marked car, one kneeling, the other more or less prone.
At first I thought they were looking for something under the car; then I noticed that they were in rather odd positions, making jerky movements and seemed to be exerting themselves fairly heavily. They had that quivering appearance that comes from hard isometric muscle contraction.
As the cars in front of me made right turns and I moved up closer to the light, I got a better view and realized that what I was seeing was an arrest. Not one of those please-turn-around-and- put-your-hands-on-the-car arrests, but a full-fledged pile-of- cops-with-two-feet-sticking-out-from-underneath, Saturday-night- at-8:00 P.M.-on-Fox arrest. (And I mean the part about feet sticking out literally.) As I watched, another officer pulled up and bailed out of his car, but as he arrived at the pile the other officers pulled the suspect up to his feet, having apparently gotten the cuffs on.
I have no idea what the guy had done. I didn't see any driverless civilian cars nearby, so I have to assume he had been on foot. Interesting.
UPDATE: On reflection, it's a rather sad commentary on the position of blogging in my life that, upon realizing what was happening, one of my first thoughts was, "oh, look, it's a member of the Ken Lammers full-employment plan!" Of course Ken doesn't practice this far north, but the owner of the two feet at the bottom of the pile probably will be meeting with someone like Ken quite soon.