Steven Hildreth Jr was pulled over by Tucson Police Department as he was driving so he documented what happened to him on his Facebook page.
Steven had been driving with a broken headlight so assumed that was the purpose for stopping him. However, the officer immediately asked him if he had any weapons. Steven explained that he had a gun on his right hip because he was a concealed carry permit holder.
Steven’s identity card in his wallet in his back-right pocket, the officer informed him that he had to be disarmed so that he can check it. So Hildreth decided everyone should know what happened via his Facebook profile.
Since posting Hildreth’s thread has since been shared nearly 400,000 times
So, I’m driving to my office to turn in my weekly paperwork. My 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 so 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Lead officer points out my registration card is out of date but he knows my registration is up to date.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 about how I 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 that notion is bunk.
Perhaps if you treat police officers with respect, they will do the same to you. Police officers are people, too. Most are good people and they’re not actually out to get you.
We speak about the bad apples who shouldn’t wear 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.
I’d like to thank those two officers and TPD in general for another professional contact.
If you agree with this guy’s story then PLEASE share with your friends on Facebook.
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