Black Man’s #BlueLivesMatter Traffic Stop Story Goes Viral
Steven Hildreth, Jr., a Black man from Tuscon, had a decent traffic stop with police, even though he had a registered gun on him and an expired registration. While most would believe this was largely uneventful, Steven saw it as a golden opportunity to spout respectability politics and instruct other Black people that they need to be obedient and “respect the badge” like he does to avoid deserving excessive force.
Sounds like another negro hero for Fox News. Expect to see this face on a screen near you spouting this self-hating “Black folks need to just learn how to act” tripe any day now. SMH:
So, I’m driving to my office to turn in my weekly paperwork. A 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 and 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Lead officer points out my registration card is out of date but he knows my registration is up to date.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 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 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…just maybe…that notion is bunk.
Maybe if you treat police officers with respect, they will do the same to you.
Police 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.
Is this guy for real?? So basically his takeaway from that encounter was to spread the message to other Black people “behave yourself and respect the police and hopefully they won’t decide to kill you.”
According to his logic, #BlackLivesMatter is wrong about everything and we’re all supposed just pipe down and ignore cases of unjust killings and excessive force like Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, The McKinney Pool Party, Spring Valley High — we could honestly go on for days — just because he had ONE conflict-free incident. Yeah, that sounds super-logical. SMH.