I was surprised when a police officer stopped me for taking pictures of a traffic stop he initiated. The officer was having a Mercedes SUV impounded and that struck me as odd. A friend, who shall remain nameless, mocked me for being astonished at the fact that the officer would pull me over. But I digress.
Last week I came across another traffic stop in the Heights area where the driver of the vehicle had his hands on the back of his SUV. I thought something serious was going down so I made my way back to the scene of the stop. But by the time I got there, the officer was simply questioning the driver. See video below.
I can understand why police officers would be suspicious of somebody taping them while they work. I don't like audiences when I'm in a stressful situation at work. But law enforcement officials have had a bit of a bad streak lately, and today is no different as an officer in Seattle is getting a lot of attention for punching a female who got in the way of a jaywalking citation.
Most traffic stops here are a little more uneventful, but something could happen as it did several years ago. If I remember correctly, there was the case of a motorcycle cop who had pulled over a lady on McPherson Rd. The female driver became combative and the officer proceeded to handcuff one of her wrists to her ankle. And please, feel free to correct me on this as I have a vague memory of the event.
A caricature of the handcuffed lady appeared in a local paper. What became of that case, I don't know. Point is, I wouldn't want things to get out of hand when law enforcement officials have to carry out their duties; And I don't want to interfere with anyone's job. But they have to know that we're watching. They, as well as the public, has to be on their best behavior. If not, somebody with a camera will be there to tape the whole situation, and it will all come back to bite them in the ass.
FYI: I don't get out much so law enforcement doesn't have to worry about me scouring the streets for more footage.