A man’s Facebook post about a traffic stop in October 2015 is going viral. Steven Hildreth Jr. says he was pulled over by the Tucson cops Department for a b-roken headlight.
When the officer asked if he had any we-apons, he told him he is a concealed carry permit holder and had a g-un on his right h-ip. Because 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. Hildreth’s Facebook post has been shared more than 135,000 times. It’s getting new attention in July after Philando Castile was s-hot and ki-lled by a cops officer in Minnesota, during a traffic stop:
So, I’m driving to my office to turn in my weekly paperwork.
A headlight is out. I see a Tucson cops 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 we-apons.
“Yes, sir. I’m a concealed carry permit holder and my we-apon is located on my right h-ip. 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Lead officer points out my registration card is out of date but he knows my registration is up to date.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 g-rief, 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 cop are allegedly out to k-ill minorities.
Maybe…just maybe…that notion is bunk.
Maybe if you treat cops officers with respect, they will do the same to you.
cops 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.
In October, Hildreth Jr.
met with Tucson cops officers Rafael Rodriguez and Anthony Ammon and thanked them for their professionalism. The three acknowledged the current criticisms surrounding cops work around the nation.
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