This article is about a facebook post by Steven Hildreth Jr. which has gone viral in social media and is being shared for more than 394,000 times.
The story starts when Traffic policemen of Tucson Police Department stopped Hildreth because he was driving a vehicle with a broken headlight.
And he was wise and decent enough to answer and respond politely and patiently when he was inquired by policemen.
When they inquired whether he carried any weapons, he replied mentioning that he has concealed carry permit and is caring a gun. The police officer had to get rid of the weapon which was on the right hip in order to get hid ID from his wallet because it was in his right pocket.
And when the officer wanted to check the vehicle he unlocked it for him.
I’m not going tell you the entire story here because Hildreth already has posted it on his profile.
It’s a must read for all of us! Read the post below to know the magical outcomes of humanity and patience. You will even understand that some norms are not really true.
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Lead officer points out my registration card is out of date but he knows my registration is up to date.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.