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traffic stop it was just a broken headlight

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One man’s Facebook post about a recent traffic stop is going viral.

Steven Hildreth Jr. says he was pulled over for a broken headlight by the Tucson Police Department.

When the officer asked if he had any weapons, he told them he was a concealed carry permit holder and had a gun on his right hip.

Since his wallet was in his back-right pocket, the officer needed to disarm him to check his ID.

Hildreth wrote about his experience with the officer and posted it to his Facebook page.

So, I’m driving to my office to turn in my weekly paperwork. A headlight is out. I see a Tucson Police Department squad vehicle turn around and follow me. I’m already preparing for the stop.

The lights go on and I pull over. The officer asks me how I’m doing, and then asks if I have any weapons.

“Yes, sir. I’m a concealed carry permit holder and my weapon is located on my right hip. My wallet is in my back-right pocket.”

The officer explains for his safety and mine, he needs to disarm me for the stop. I understand, and I unlock the vehicle. I explain that I’m running a 7TS ALS holster but from the angle, the second officer can’t unholster it. Lead officer asks me to step out, and I do so slowly. Officer relieves me of my Glock and compliments the X300U I’m running on it. He also sees my military ID and I tell him I’m with the National Guard.

Lead officer points out my registration card is out of date but he knows my registration is up to date. He goes back to run my license. I know he’s got me on at least two infractions. I’m thinking of how to pay them.

Officers return with my Glock in an evidence back, locked and cleared. “Because you were cool with us and didn’t give us grief, I’m just going to leave it at a verbal warning. Get that headlight fixed as soon as possible.”

I smile. “Thank you, sir.”

I’m a black man wearing a hoodie and strapped. According to certain social movements, I shouldn’t be alive right now because the police are allegedly out to kill minorities.

Maybe…just maybe…that notion is bunk.

Maybe if you treat police officers with respect, they will do the same to you.

Police officers are people, too. By far and large, most are good people and they’re not out to get you.

I’d like to thank those two officers and TPD in general for another professional contact.

We talk so much about the bad apples who shouldn’t be wearing a badge. I’d like to spread the word about an example of men who earned their badges and exemplify what that badge stands for.


http://kfor.com/2015/10/29/mans-post-about-traffic-stop-goes-viral/


Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 29, 2015 at 8:30 PM
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fullxbusymom
by Sapphire Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM

Love this, it is a great story. 

curvygurl1912
by on Oct. 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM
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This story is all wonderful and great, but it in no way cancels out the police brutality that is an everyday occurence in this country.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Oct. 29, 2015 at 9:00 PM
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But I bet there are a lot more stories like this one out there. More like this than the other way

Quoting curvygurl1912:

This story is all wonderful and great, but it in no way cancels out the police brutality that is an everyday occurence in this country.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 29, 2015 at 9:25 PM

I have a feeling there will be more downplaying this story, like the second reply.  

vamaria
by Gold Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 9:29 PM

Awesome! :)

curvygurl1912
by on Oct. 29, 2015 at 9:45 PM

It still doesn't cancel out what needs to be recognized and changed in this country.

Quoting Anonymous 1:

But I bet there are a lot more stories like this one out there. More like this than the other way

Quoting curvygurl1912:

This story is all wonderful and great, but it in no way cancels out the police brutality that is an everyday occurence in this country.



lenashark
by Emerald Member on Oct. 29, 2015 at 10:02 PM
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I do not believe that police officers are all out to get black people. However, this is basically saying that everyone who have been recently killed or assaulted by police officers must have been causing trouble and it was their fault that they were harmed or killed, which is a statement that I am not comfortable with. This man happened to not encounter a racist cop. Most cops are not racist. Some however are. I am a huge supporter of the police and I can admit that institutional racism has occured and should not be tolerated.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Oct. 29, 2015 at 10:04 PM

or the guy just got stopped by a decent cop....

Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Oct. 29, 2015 at 10:07 PM
I agree with you. And there is a certain person on here that needs to read this. :).

Quoting Anonymous 1:

But I bet there are a lot more stories like this one out there. More like this than the other way

Quoting curvygurl1912:

This story is all wonderful and great, but it in no way cancels out the police brutality that is an everyday occurence in this country.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 5 on Oct. 29, 2015 at 10:09 PM
The influx of non law abiding citizens roaming around...?

Quoting curvygurl1912:

It still doesn't cancel out what needs to be recognized and changed in this country.

Quoting Anonymous 1:

But I bet there are a lot more stories like this one out there. More like this than the other way

Quoting curvygurl1912:

This story is all wonderful and great, but it in no way cancels out the police brutality that is an everyday occurence in this country.

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