Armed Black Man's Facebook Post About Traffic Stop Goes Insanely Viral
When your post is shared more than 3 lakh times on Facebook it means that your post was very special. This is exactly what happened with this armed black man's Facebook post.
According to Steven Hildreth Jr, he was pulled over by the Tucson Police Department for a broken headlight. When the officer asked if he had any weapons, he told him he is a concealed carry permit holder and had a gun on his right hip.
The officer had to disarm him to check his ID. He Wrote, "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 story is not yet over. There's a reason why this post got so much viral.
Keep reading ahead to know the reason.
His Post Further
He further added, "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."
This man completely co-operated with the officer and therefore he was left with a verbal warning. This is what he wrote, "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."
Thoughts That Matter
Just because he was a black man, people thought that police will treat him differently. But in reality, something completely opposite happened. He further wrote,
"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."
This world is beautiful, treat others the way you want them to treat you.
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