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When a shooting goes bad and the suspect is on the ground with his dead hand open and a set of car keys falls from his palm rather than the pocket-size automatic you thought you saw, either you can tell the truth at an Internal Affairs inquiry and be hung out to dry on a meat hook, perhaps even do serious time in a mainline joint with the same people you put there, or you can untape the drop from your ankle, wipe it with a handkerchief, throw it on the corpse, and ask God to look in the other direction.
After seeing what I’d have to see of them, I thought, I’d beg for the car keys and drive down to the Lyszkos’ house where there was going to be a big barbecue out back, and then Carolyn and I would go over to Theresa’s, where her father was to be holding a party in the barn.
Beadie leaned over and pulled the car keys from the steering column.
Then he stood up suddenly, put on his coat, handed his car keys to Mitch Kupiec, and asked him matter-of-factly to drive him to the hospital.
"Himself's in the living room, go right in," and hurried past me, jingling car keys and leaving a trail of exotic perfume.
Moreover, while my own upbringing hardly typifies the African American experience-and although, largely through luck and circumstance, I now occupy a position that insulates me from most of the bumps and bruises that the average black man must endure-I can recite the usual litany of petty slights that during my forty-five years have been directed my way: security guards tailing me as I shop in department stores, white couples who toss me their car keys as I stand outside a restaurant waiting for the valet, police cars pulling me over for no apparent reason.