Tatyana Hargrove is another youth who has mastered the art of defiance ("Case dismissed: Kern County District Attorney drops all charges in mistaken identity incident involving police and local teenager," Aug. 3). Her performance defying the police is an example of how she's been taught to defy authority. What's so difficult about obeying a simple command from two police officers?

When I was her age, I too was mistaken for a person who was supposedly breaking the law, and was pulled over by the police in L.A. I was told to get out of my car and put my hands on the roof of my car, and I was frisked. The cop said I fit the description of a guy in possession of stolen property.

I didn't dare resist or back-sass the cop. He had the gun, he had the badge, and he had the law was on his side. This was a case of mistaken identity, and I was happy I wasn't going to jail.

Teenagers like Tatyana need to knock that chip off their shoulders and comply with authority, but sadly police are the enemy to them. Now that Tatyana flaunted the law and got away with it, odds are she'll "cop another attitude" somewhere down the line. What a waste of time and energy.

Dennis Tope, Tehachapi