Travis is of course legally blind. This means he can see to a certain degree.......but really, not that much. He's had his white cane for several years now. We went to the association for the blind for it because his vision issues had reached the point where walking around town was dangerous for him. He might or might not see an oncoming car, might not being the usual case. Figured with cane people would at least spot it and watch out for HIM which is what they're supposed to do. Well, that would work out better if more people in this area had a clue that when he's holding that cane he has the right of way and you'd better NOT hit him. That has improved somewhat. Travis walks down to the nearby gas station for snacks, pop, or cigarettes. Nearly every time he walks at night the cops stop him. They think he's "suspicious" because of the cane. When he tries to explain to them, when they realize he is obviously not totally blind, that he is legally blind and what the difference is........well let's just say they don't get it. So he gets harassed a bit. A while back......he came home after a similar incident, told me about it......made me mad and I told him next time to tell them that they don't hand out such canes for the fun of it. Now, they never do anything to him. They just stop and ask him questions and act like they don't believe him. Which upsets him. (don't blame him) It peeves me off because 1. I see nothing suspicious about someone walking with a white cane (wth??) 2. they've stopped him so many times over the past several years and have had it explained to them each time 3. because they KEEP stopping him. One cop told him it was dangerous to be walking at night if he was blind. Travis' response was what difference did it make? He is blind in the daytime too. Now I'm not thrilled with him walking at night either, but he's a grown man. He can walk when he wants. I've explained to him that it's dangerous because cars may not notice his cane until they're on top of him, although it's reflective and honestly you can't miss it. Still. But c'mon. You've stopped the kid endless times. You know the story. We're in a small town. The police force just is NOT that big. So it has to be the same cops stopping him over and over again. I'll be honest and say it ticks me off. I tried to laugh it off at first.....but it's just gone on too long. Either we have the stupidest police force on earth.......or they're harassing a disabled person for no reason. Either way it doesn't make them look good. Maybe they're concerned for his safety, but after stopping him so many times you'd think they'd give it up already.....or maybe just stop him to see if he's ok. Maybe it's my current stress level but it's really rubbing me the wrong way tonight.