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This Family Never Expected to Have Confrontation With Armed Military Police After Leaving an Air Force Museum

Posted by on Apr. 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM
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This Family Never Expected to Have Confrontation With Armed Military Police After Leaving an Air Force Museum

A family says they continue to be haunted after they were pulled over and held at gunpoint by military police following a Friday visit to an Ohio Air Force museum.

According to Alice Hill, her grandson was studying the Wright brothers at school and wanted to see the plane on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Hill told WKRC-TV that she and her grandson were playing a game in the museum parking lot, where they would identify all of the out-of-state license plates.

“He’s very excited, ‘Look at where all of these people have come from. They’re from Alaska, from New Mexico, they’re from Georgia,’” Alice recalled her grandson Aaron saying while they were playing the game in the parking lot.

What happened, however, when the family left the museum has left them tormented.

“I’m looking in my side view mirror and I see (an officer) step out of his vehicle,” Hill told WKRC-TV. “(He’s) behind his door with his gun drawn pointing it at me.”

Image source: WKRC-TV

Image source: WKRC-TV

Hill had been pulled over after someone dialed 911 and told authorities they had seen the family burglarizing cars in the parking lot.

At gunpoint, she was taken out of her car and cuffed, according to WKRC-TV.

“My grandchildren are screaming,” Hill recalled. “I mean they are hysterical, they saw the gun.”

“My 5-year-old daughter is asking, ‘Is grandma going to get shot?’”
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“My 5-year-old daughter is asking, ‘Is grandma going to get shot?’” Hill’s daughter in law Wendy said.

The Hill family now wants answers after they say they were subjected to excessive force.

A military police spokeswoman has conceded officers acted on “limited” information.

“Our security force, based on limited information, made a high-risk traffic stop and believed that this vehicle was stolen based on the information they received,” said Cassie Barlow, 88th Airbase Wing Commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

“All we can do at this point is offer our apology to the Hills,” she added. “And we’ve invited them to come out to the base and meet the security forces.”

That apology still hasn’t satisfied the Hill family. WKRC-TV reported that they still feel vulnerable and don’t understand why an officer drew a gun on them.

“My son doesn’t trust police officers now,” Wendy said. “He views them as the bad guy.”

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Ednarooni160
by Eds on Apr. 10, 2014 at 12:36 PM

I'm getting from this that they check every license plate that parks in their parking lot.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Over kill by the police certainly.

However - In today's world I would advise tourists not to play those type of games on an Air Force Base.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 3:35 PM
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 I was thinking that the fact that they were looking at the other plates looked suspcious.

Like taking photos of bridges or skyscrapers, and that got someone's attention  - I could be wrong.

Quoting Ednarooni160:

I'm getting from this that they check every license plate that parks in their parking lot.

 

paknari
by Silver Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 3:42 PM
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Where are you gettin that from? If it's on the military base I would assume they check it at the gate if they are goin to. That's what the army did but someone called saying they were breakin into cars which is silly but possible. You see people lurking around a parking lot and don't stop to take a second look, that could easily be misconstrued. Idiocy on the callers behalf but if it only takes getting stopped with a gun to mentally unrave you, there wasn't much there to begin with. With the child they should just explain to him the situation in an easy way to make him less afraid. I think it's a little ridiculous on both sides.

Quoting Ednarooni160:

I'm getting from this that they check every license plate that parks in their parking lot.

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Ednarooni160
by Eds on Apr. 11, 2014 at 4:12 AM


Quoting paknari: Where are you gettin that from? If it's on the military base I would assume they check it at the gate if they are goin to. That's what the army did but someone called saying they were breakin into cars which is silly but possible. You see people lurking around a parking lot and don't stop to take a second look, that could easily be misconstrued. Idiocy on the callers behalf but if it only takes getting stopped with a gun to mentally unrave you, there wasn't much there to begin with. With the child they should just explain to him the situation in an easy way to make him less afraid. I think it's a little ridiculous on both sides.
Quoting Ednarooni160:

I'm getting from this that they check every license plate that parks in their parking lot.

“Our security force, based on limited information, made a high-risk traffic stop and believed that this vehicle was stolen based on the information they received,” said Cassie Barlow, 88th Airbase Wing Commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

jesusismyfriend
by Member on Apr. 11, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Yeah maybe they might want to try looking at the registration and her license, instead of scaring poor little kids.

denise3680
by Gold Member on Apr. 11, 2014 at 7:26 AM

they were going off limited information, it is better to error on the side of caution than to take the chance that anyone could get hurt.  thank goodness noone did get hurt, seems these officers may hae been alittle over zealous, but they do have a dangerous job.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Apr. 11, 2014 at 7:29 AM

They probably just wanted to jack some white people around.

paknari
by Silver Member on Apr. 11, 2014 at 8:19 AM
I took that as they got reports of people breaking into cars.I would assume they were possibly trying to steal a car as well. They could have run their plate when they were behind them as well.

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Quoting paknari: Where are you gettin that from? If it's on the military base I would assume they check it at the gate if they are goin to. That's what the army did but someone called saying they were breakin into cars which is silly but possible. You see people lurking around a parking lot and don't stop to take a second look, that could easily be misconstrued. Idiocy on the callers behalf but if it only takes getting stopped with a gun to mentally unrave you, there wasn't much there to begin with. With the child they should just explain to him the situation in an easy way to make him less afraid. I think it's a little ridiculous on both sides.

Quoting Ednarooni160:

I'm getting from this that they check every license plate that parks in their parking lot.

“Our security force, based on limited information, made a high-risk
traffic stop and believed that this vehicle was stolen based on the
information they receive
d,” said Cassie Barlow, 88th Airbase Wing
Commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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Ednarooni160
by Eds on Apr. 11, 2014 at 11:48 AM


Quoting paknari: I took that as they got reports of people breaking into cars.I would assume they were possibly trying to steal a car as well. They could have run their plate when they were behind them as well.
Quoting Ednarooni160:


Quoting paknari: Where are you gettin that from? If it's on the military base I would assume they check it at the gate if they are goin to. That's what the army did but someone called saying they were breakin into cars which is silly but possible. You see people lurking around a parking lot and don't stop to take a second look, that could easily be misconstrued. Idiocy on the callers behalf but if it only takes getting stopped with a gun to mentally unrave you, there wasn't much there to begin with. With the child they should just explain to him the situation in an easy way to make him less afraid. I think it's a little ridiculous on both sides.
Quoting Ednarooni160:

I'm getting from this that they check every license plate that parks in their parking lot.

“Our security force, based on limited information, made a high-risk traffic stop and believed that this vehicle was stolen based on the information they received,” said Cassie Barlow, 88th Airbase Wing Commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Could be.  : )

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