Stopped for wearing the wrong clothes? A commentator at Simple Justice, Jeffrey, told a story about being interrogated for running in the wrong shorts:

“I was stopped by police while running a tempo one night, after work…but unfortunately having forgot some running shorts, wearing my khaki pants. After my initial confusion for the stop, the lead officer explained, with a straight face, “there have been some burglaries in the area, and you are running down the street in khakis.”

I laughed, and uttered, “Oh, so you’re the fashion police?” My expectation of ensuing hilarity was curiously doused. Perhaps my timing was off?”

This reminded me of a story of Brisbane in the late 1950s, in the early days of Rock ‘n Roll. People remember “young males being taken down to CIB [the detectives'] headquarters, where their dark shirts were replaced with ‘Woolworths-type white shirt and suitable tie’.. ‘The dark shirt was returned to the owner wrapped with advice: “That’s how you come to town, you wear a white shirt and tie, you don’t come wearing a black shirt, you look like a criminal, that’s it. Get rid of that haircut, get rid of those clothes, this is how you should be dressed.”

“I was bouncing one night in the Valley and this big black Ford pulled up. Out stepped Murphy, Hallahan and Lewis. They confronted a group of bodgies and they literally ordered them to take their shirts off and gave them white shirts and ties to put on. It was unbelievable.”

Terence Lewis famously went on to become Commissioner of the Police Force before being convicted of official corruption and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Tony Murphy was reputed to run the whole corruption racket but was never charged, while Glen Hallahan went rogue.

From Condon, M. “Three Crooked Kings”, p.75 & p.102, citing Walden, G. “It’s only Rock’n’Roll but I Like It”

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