What to do if stopped by police…

#1 has a permit to carry a gun and does carry..always. I asked him a few nights ago what he does when stopped by a police officer. He says that he is usually asked for his license and registration. He said that he tells the officer he has a permit to carry a gun, and that the gun is in the truck. He told me that the officer asked him to step out of the truck and follow him back to his patrol car. The officer looked over his ID and registration, as well as his permit to carry. He asked him if the gun was loaded and where it was located. (always in the console, loaded). #1 said he did not know why he was pulled over and the officer told him it was a routine traffic stop, whatever that is.  He was handed his papers back. The officer escorted him back to the truck and #1 was sent on his way. #1 told me that the best thing to do is just do whatever the officer says, even if it seems unreasonable. #1 also asks for the officer’s name and badge number and county where he is from, and writes it in the’notes’ portion of his phone. Thus far, he has had no problems, although he does Exactly what the officer asks him to do, even if the officer is not very nice.

Two friends of mine within the past week have been pulled over by police officers. The reason that they were both pulled over was because a car was ‘riding their bumper’ at night on a long stretch of road in Virginia and North Carolina. The road does not have street lights. They were not the only cars on the road, but there was not much traffic. Both friends looked in the rear view and saw a car ‘racing’ up behind them and traveling Close Behind. They both sped up a bit and were both pulled over and given traffic violations for speeding. I asked them if they got the officer’s name and badge number and they had not. They were afraid. They sped up 7 – 10 miles over the posted speed limit. I suggested that they both go to court even though it will be inconvenient to take off work and tell the judge what happened. To me, that is harassment.

About ten years ago in Virginia there was a highly publicized event. A stalker that killed women was impersonating a police officer. He would pull over women and then kill them. He was finally caught. Because of that, I always ask for their badge number and name when I am pulled over which is often. I don’t know why they pull over an old lady like me but they do. A man told me I drive a car that is known for carrying drugs….sheesh! A crown vic..Anyway, if I were on a lonely stretch of road, poorly lighted, and a car zoomed up on me, I would change lanes, brake, and let them pass. If they changed lanes too, I would do the posted speed limit until I arrived at a lighted area. If the car was a police car, I would have asked for his badge number and name and reported him. Unfortunately the two friends that were pulled over are young and they probably did not think of it. It’s hard to think what to do when on the road these days. People are acting so unhinged and it’s very scary.

Four months ago I supplemented my income as a night nanny to a couple that both worked nights and came home in the wee hours of the morning. Sometimes I would sleep over, other times I would go home about 3:00 a.m. or 4:00 a.m. I was pulled over for no reason by a policeman. I turned on my interior light and reached in the glove box for my registration. The police asked for ID and registration. He told me Not to reach in my purse. How was I to get my ID? I put both hands on the wheel, and asked him, “How should I show you my ID”? “It’s in my wallet, which is in my purse”. (Should have been obvious). I asked him for his name and badge number and county he represented. He was not happy I asked him, but he did give me the information. He asked me what I was doing on the roads at this hour of the morning. I told him, and he seemed confused as to what a ‘night nanny’ was, so I referenced the movie, ‘Nanny McPhee’, and he seemed to figure it out. He shined his ridiculously bright flashlight in my car and told me to carefully reach for my wallet, which I did. I took it out and gave him my license. He then asked me to open my trunk. I did. He flashed his light on the inside of my car as well as my trunk. I thought it was so funny because the trunk was full of junk that I carry around. He ran my plates and such and came back and let me go on my way. I really don’t know why I was pulled over, but I did everything he Asked. I admit, I was a bit nervous.

A few weeks later, I was coming home from my night nanny job at about 3:00 a.m. There is a fast food restaurant in a town that I had to drive through that was open 24 hours. I stopped for coffee, knowing I had almost 45 minutes until I got home. I was tired. I exited the restaurant properly, went to a red light. The light turned green and I turned right. The next thing I know, about a mile later or so, blue lights were flashing behind me. I did not pay him any attention because I was doing the speed limit. The police car rushed upon my rear bumper and I realized with a shock that I was being pulled over Again. I waited until there was a safe place to pull over and did so. He asked for license and registration. I handed them over and asked for his badge number and name and county. He grudgingly gave me the information. I asked him why I was pulled over. He said I did ‘an illegal U-Turn’. I knew For A Fact I Did Not. I told him so, very calmly. I also told him I have lived in this area for twenty years and there was No Way and No Where to make a U Turn. He listened to me grudgingly and realized he was Wrong but did not admit it of course. He let me go.

Anyway, I have recently asked #3 how to ‘live stream’ a traffic stop and she showed me. I am not African American, but one can’t be too careful these days. I think the police are afraid too, just like we are. They are afraid of being shot, and should probably be, since so many people are carrying weapons these days.

Even though the officer asked me what I was doing on the road,  (which was none  of his business really), pulled me over for no apparent reason, and was rude, I did what he asked. This is just the easiest way to handle a traffic stop in these dangerous times.

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45 thoughts on “What to do if stopped by police…

  1. Yes, I agree. Just do everything that they tell you to do. Some African Americans are angry because they are being racially profiled, and are angry because they tell their children to, ‘comply’.,.but I tell my children to do the same thing. Just do what they say. Easy.

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  2. I believe a warrant and/or probable cause should be reason to search a vehicle. Without either a warrant or probable cause, any evidence gathered in a criminal investigation that is presented in court should be thrown out.

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  3. Yes, I believe that is correct. But couldn’t the officer say he had probable cause for any kind of search of a car? For example, when the police has stopped me before, I am just wondering what ‘probable cause’ they had to ask me to open my trunk?

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  4. I find it hard to conceive what seems to be happening in America. I’ll admit there may be racism by police here especially in Northern parts of Australia. 99% of Australian police are polite, friendly & understanding. They profile teens but are quick to be friendly if the teen is polite. Just to say Australia had one mass shooting and the government outlawed all guns, they did a buyback, recreational shooters have to keep their guns at the gun range. Security guards and rangers who do culling especially of feral animals have stringent licence conditions. Some criminals may have guns still but no mass shootings. Having said that after my dad died we found a gun, so I took it to the local police and they laughed and said it happened a lot, they sent it to a gun dealer who could either pay us for it or ship it to my step sister a gun range owner & security consultant. My point is the best way to change the police is increased safety & understanding, these guys join to serve the public, if they are starting to feel the public are the enemy everyone’s in trouble. Good luck!

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  5. Toni, I think that in some cases law enforcement officers can and do abuse their authority. Cooperating with a police officer for the most part would save a lot of stress and hassle for the police and the people they encounter. Now, if a police officer asks to search your vehicle or house and they don’t have a warrant or your consent, any evidence that was gathered illegally of suspected criminal activity should get the case thrown out of court.

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  6. If a person consents to a search, even if the police did not have a warrant, the person in question cannot claim that consent was not given. Of course, if the person did not consent to a search, any action by police to override that should be construed as harassment.

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  7. Hello Jeffrey, I have to say that I did not think of that when I was pulled over (so many times for nothing)….I always consented to a search I guess. I was never asked if it was alright. I just let them do it….I guess deep in the recesses of my mind I did think of it as a type of harassment but quite frankly, was so bewildered and frazzled and kind of scared that I just kept quiet….

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  8. Toni, if I was in a situation where I was pulled over for a burned out tail light or a head light, then told about it by the officer, I would not be an ass to the officer. All I would do is say thank you and then get the situation corrected.

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  9. Yes, I would do the same. I would not argue, I would probably not even know it was burnt out!! Thank you Jeffrey! I think that the police are probably more cautious because of the shootings not just recently, but in the past of officers as well.

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  10. Hello Jeffrey, I agree completely with you on living in a free world. I am not an anarchist, but have been called one before. I just think that there are many things that the government of the U.S. (I am assuming you are in the US?) controls that could be easier left to the states. I don’t think that government needs to micromanage every little thing. I do believe in the Constitution, in fact, keep a copy on my desk for reference, but government is so corrupt these days….

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  11. Hello Jeffrey: I think we Need law enforcement! What would we do if we had no police to call in times of need? Would their be curfews and martial law? That’s what I think about. I do think that the police do need more training, and better equipment, such as vests, but I think that we should all have respect for the police…

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  12. I would that is correct, however, if an officer asked for a search of a vehicle without a warrant, but with ‘probable cause’ wouldn’t the driver be in trouble? Thank you Jeffrey

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  13. Toni, you have probably heard of him, however, people like Alex Jones rant about the existence of a police state due to police brutality. I would not say he is entirely wrong, however, he should check his facts more.

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  14. Hello Jeffrey: I agree completely. I know that there are some ‘bad apples’ in every profession, but police have been targets for years! It’s more common because we hear about it on the various news medias….but I can remember police officers getting shot for No Reason….I think that those are pulled over should Do Exactly as They Are Told and that the officers themselves should have all of the training that they need when facing traffic stops and such. I also understand that their vests are not able to protect them from anything but a handgun, and even then if it’s a head shot, that won’t protect them. I don’t think it’s unreasonable that police wear riot gear in these dangerous times….Thank You!

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  15. Hello Jeffrey: Yes Jesse!! He is Quite the Entertainer….I have looked up some of his theories and he does usually leave something out or twists the truth. However, I have to admit I watched his show several times just to think and also for entertainment!! Whatever happened to responsible journalism?

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  16. Hello Jeffrey: I have done much reading on that subject. I don’t know what to think. I do not believe per se all the conspiracy theories, but on the other hand, the government has been so corrupt since Thomas Jefferson, so I think it is in the realm of possibility that perhaps some of the outlandish theories could be correct. I really think it’s time to release the full story and put it to rest once and for all!

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  17. Hello Jeffrey: I think that we agree on many things. It’s been so long that these kind of stories should be released unless some of the people that were involved are still alive….now I’m sounding like a conspiracy theorist!!

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  18. I have heard that one too Jeffrey, something about the paint or some such other nonsense. It’s a miracle that these people have the time to cook up these ridiculous notions!!

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  19. Toni, I don’t have any problems with the discussions of conspiracies about John F. Kennedy’s assassination or other conspiracy theories as well. The only conspiracy theories I don’t believe are that 9/11 was an inside job or a controlled demolition. What are your thoughts? How active would your B.S. meter be regarding things like that?

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  20. Hello Jeffrey: I have heard the conspiracy theories that surround 9/11 and I don’t believe any of them. Inside job? I can’t entertain the thought. It sounds crazy. I just can’t believe that someone in government or someone the government knows would be able to do something so horrible. I can’t accept it. (even though the B.S. meter is in the red zone these days)!!

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  21. Hi Jeffrey: Are you referring to the term, “bullshit”? I hate using profanity, but is that what you mean? If so, I have heard of the term “B.S. meter’ and though that was what it meant. If so, I would say that I can discern “B.S.” pretty easily….then again, I am a skeptic by nature when it comes to anything coming from the government….thanks!!

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  22. Hi Jeffrey: Yes, I thought that was what you meant! I would say my B.S. meter is in the red these days….I hear it from my children that are grown, and of course from the talking heads in the media!!

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  23. Hi Jeffrey: One of my goals when I began to home school was to teach my children to learn for themselves as well as think for themselves. Although many of them have graduated from college with degrees. However, the older they get it seems more the intolerant of me they become. They also went from thinking I was smart to thinking I am just a dumb old lady….You are right about them being spoon fed though. I am shocked that they are this way. Perhaps attending college, (most are very liberal) have something to do with this. One should still be able to think for themselves…Even when young, and not educated as they are, I was able to look at a situation or search out the truth for myself. I never believed something just because someone said to. I also was very strong in my beliefs and convictions. I never gave a hoot either. I still don’t!! I have also discovered recently that most people I know are liars. They lie a lot about big things and little things. even my children. I can’t stand liars. I like the truth. Even if it hurts. I have been called a prude, Ice Queen, and Barracuda for many years. At least I like myself!

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  24. Toni, I can’t stand liars either. The only thing I don’t tolerate very well is having my time being wasted being told things I already know. At times I forget certain things, however that is different than being told something repeatedly that I already know.

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  25. Hi Jeffrey: It is different if one forgets something. I find that people talk At me instead of To me. Maybe because people don’t know how to have a conversation anymore because of all of the texting and social media…it gets irritating!

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  26. Hi Jeffrey: Social media is good for business, but I have not really had time to use it like I should. I don’t bother with social media much, I don’t have much time for it. Although I know so many who do!! They are glued to their phone!!

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