Jack Pollock
A few weekends ago, Ed Pearson went to the moto cross races in Clark County, Washington. Dust, burning rubber, screaming engines; It's the kind of fun that goes well with a 40-ouncer. After the races, Ed, his brother, and about a dozen friends settled into the evening at a nearby campsite.

A few hours passed before the trouble began. They began drinking and smoking pot. The night wore on towards midnight. Then, five or six Clark County Police Officers showed up.

Ed is a polite 25-year-old from the outskirts of Portland. But he also can be a bit surly. When a female officer began poking through Ed's van parked nearby, Ed said that he told the group of sheriffs: "We must've left the United States when we came here."

When he tried to climb into his van, the officer jerked him out by his hair. "I was just going to go to bed," he explained. Once out of the van, Ed claims that the officer pushed his face into the dry dust. Ed forced his head up and spat a mouth full of dirt on the nearby boot of another sheriff. (For that, he has been charged with felony-assault.)

Ed could hear his friends yelling, but his face was still being held towards the dirt. At this point, his brother Joe charged one of the officers and entered the fray. Within five minutes, the brothers were handcuffed and sitting in the back of the sheriff's car. "We were going about 50 or 60 miles an hour," estimated Joe. "Without any seatbelts." After about 10 miles, the officers hit the brakes, according to Ed, bodyslamming the men into the plexiglas.

In the middle of nowhere, the sheriff stopped the cruiser. One officer pulled Joe out by his arm and pushed him to the hood of the squad car. That's when Ed threatened to kill the officer, scoring himself a second felony assault charge. Nearly two weeks later and with time to cool his head, Ed had no regrets: "When they are beating on my brother they no longer have a badge on; they are just another dirty person." The night ended in the County jail. It was almost 18 hours before they were bailed out. Joe has already plead guilty to possession of marijuana and Ed will stand trial in October for two counts of felony-assault. Next year, Ed doesn't think that he'll attend the moto cross event. The Clark County Sheriff refused to provide police reports to the Mercury. PHIL BUSSE