by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | October 29, 2015 4:30 pm
It’s little wonder that Steven Hildreth Jr.’s Facebook post has gone uber viral. It is inspirational. Recently, he was pulled over for a broken headlight. Hildreth is black, was wearing a hoodie and had a Glock on his right hip. When the officer pulled him over, he was very pleasant to Steven. Then he asked him if he had any weapons. Steven said yes, that he had a concealed carry permit and had a gun on his hip. The officer had to disarm him to check his ID. There was no issue at all because Steven was polite, pleasant, respectful and complied to the letter. The officer did his job and they even chatted. He left Steven with a verbal warning and very much alive. Take that, #BlackLivesMatter. All lives matter.
TUCSON, Ariz. — A man’s Facebook post about a recent traffic stop is going viral.
Steven Hildreth Jr. says 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.
Because his wallet was in his back-right pocket, the officer needed to disarm him to check his ID. Hildreth wrote about his experience with the officer and posted it to his Facebook page.
Hildreth’s Facebook post has been shared more than 135,000 times.
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Lead officer points out my registration card is out of date but he knows my registration is up to date.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.
Whenever my husband and I are stopped by police, we put on our best behavior as well. That is out of respect for the officers and just common sense. Despite all the thugs and radicals out there ginning up hatred against the police, they are just like you and me. They are good people for the most part. They only get violent when they have to. They would much rather just do their job, which is something the bad guys don’t like. Steven handled this perfectly. He’s a guy I would be proud to call a friend and race has nothing to do with it. Give credit where it is due just as Steven did. It comes back to you in ways you’d never imagine.
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