A 12-year-old's grilling of a Las Vegas Metro police officer garnered more than 3 million views since it was shared on community site Reddit. (Image capture from Jeremy Drew's YouTube video)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A Las Vegas boy's curiosity over a police officer's apparently illegal parking job has become a viral video.
In a clip posted on YouTube, a 12-year-old boy named Jeremy Drew videotapes his grilling of a Las Vegas Metro police officer who parked his patrol motorcycle on the sidewalk in front of a convenience store.
In the video (http://youtu.be/4pSasFQIyH8), the boy calmly asks the officer if there was an emergency nearby that would necessitate the parking job.
After being told no, the boy then asks the officer for his badge number, to which the lawman tries skirting.
"What are you? A lawyer?" the officer asks in the video.
"No. I just want to see your badge number," the boy says on tape. "Because I have the right to."
As the boy continues asking for the badge number, the officer asks him for identification just as he begins backing out and attempting to leave.
Despite the officer's denial and accusations of loitering, the boy maintains his request for the cop's badge number before he drives away.
The YouTube clip information showed the video was uploaded last September, but it wasn't until Sunday that it picked up views and some fierce debate among users on the community site Reddit.
Some of the comments ask about the true legality of the officer's actions. One comment reposts verbatim Metro's requirement of identification for viewing per request.
Other comments go on to praise Jeremy for his questioning of authority.
"Way to go little guy," a YouTube user Jack said in the comments section of the clip. "Way too many cops let the power of authority get to their head."
As of Tuesday, the video has picked up more than 3.4 million views.
When reached for response to the video, Metro said the department viewed the clip for the first time on Monday. According to a department representative, the officer in the video has been retired for several months.
In addition, Metro told FOX5 it did not know the circumstances or reason for the officer's parking on the sidewalk, and the department said they follow the same rules as regular citizens.
Metro also said since there was no complaint filed and due to the officer's current status, there is no investigation planned.
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