Maybe Thomas Cushman was not given that lesson. He had befriended alleged heroin dealer Robert Vineberg. A few days after actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of the overdose of heroin, police battered down Vineberg's door on Mott Street. Who was with him but Cushman.
According to Cushman's lawsuit against the New York Police Department, reports Julia Marsh in the New York Post, the police allegedly beat him up, cuffed him and paraded him before media. Later he was released without charges. His lawyer Carla Sanderson said that, yes, Cushman and Vineberg have been friends a long time. However, Cushman had never met Hoffman.
The suit requests damages. Vineberg has plead guilty to criminal condition of a controlled substance and is currently out on bail.
At Sacred Heart Grade School, Jersey City, New Jersey I had been warned against hanging with a classmate I perceived as cool. One day she lifted a carton of cigarettes from a store. I was right beside her. She wasn't caught. Had she been my life could have included a stay in a juvenile detention center. In those days that wasn't something great to overcome and in the college application's personal essay.