I already know what you are going to say. “I he hadn’t committed a crime to begin with, he wouldn’t be in this situation.” While that is true, the situation is still bullshit.
My friend is a 22-year-old male, who also happens to be a convicted felon. (attempted uttering and publishing; he forged some checks a few years ago when he was a teenager.) About a week or so ago, the church that is on the same road as his house was broken into and some audio recording equipment was stolen. The road he lives on is not very populated.
My friend was nowhere near his house when this happened. As a matter of fact, he was with me in our makeshift recording studio at a band-mate’s apartment. But, since he is a convicted felon, guess who is the number-one suspect on the police’s list?
We have no way of proving that he didn’t do it, even thought he didn’t, because “of course (we) are going to cover for” our friend. So now we might lose another talented performer, having just seen another good friend and respected artist move to Florida yesterday. This leaves our once six-person hip-hop act down to four, and puts our hopes of an April concert in front of hundreds of people in serious jeopardy.
This may seem like a very petty rant to some, and maybe it is. But I’m rusty - I haven’t been on the boards in God-knows how long, and this whole situation just pissed me off. Judging a book by its cover has never been more blatant.