If this headline was being reported in the liberal media, you could guess the rest of the story. The cop pulled over the man for really no reason – except he was black – discovers the man is armed, there’s a scuffle, and the black man ends up dead. Then, as the news emerges, there are riots in the city where it occurred, spreading across the nation, Al Sharpton shows up, the president makes a statement and elements of the Black Lives Matter crowd tweet warnings about ambushing police.
Except…That’s not what happened. Nothing happened.
Former veteran and author Steven Hildreth Jr. was on his way to work Oct. 27th when he was spotted driving with a headlight out by a Tucson police officer. The officer proceeded to conduct a traffic stop on Mr. Hildreth, who by his own admission was packing and wearing a hoodie. Against all odds-absolutely nothing happened next. The police officer did his job in a professional manner and Mr. Hildreth cooperated with the police — both men left the traffic stop with mutual respect! So much so, that Mr. Hildreth posted about his experience, declining to whine about being “picked on” because he is black (at this point I must interject that it is almost impossible for police officers working traffic to know the race of the driver in the passing vehicle unless they ride alongside the vehicle during daylight hours and there are no tinted windows). In fact, he went even farther than just not complaining, he gave an atta-boy to the police.
In my opinion, an atta-boy is due to Mr. Hildreth as well! This is a textbook perfect example of what should (and normally does) happen between civilians and police during traffic stops.
Imagine what might have happened had Treyvon Martin responded to George Zimmerman this way, “I apologize if it appears I am acting suspiciously. If you are concerned about my conduct why don’t you call 911 and I will wait here for them. They can check me out and I will be on my way.”
When confronted by Ferguson cop Darren Wilson for walking down the middle of a busy street at night, what if Michael Brown had said, “Sorry officer. You are perfectly right. I’ll move to the sidewalk and thanks for looking our for my safety?”
Would Eric Garner be here today if he had simply complied with officer’s orders when they were attempting to arrest him for selling cigarettes? He probably would have been booked into jail and released almost immediately.
Think about it and consider having a talk with your kids about how to act if stopped by the police. If you don’t know what to tell them, call your local police department and ask for someone in the crime prevention or public affairs department and they can give you some advice on what to expect if you happen to be stopped or questioned by an officer.
(Hat-tip to Weasel Zippers via The Blaze)
[Note: This article was written by former law enforcement officer, Ashley Edwardson]