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A Positive Experience With Police Officers Has One Man Calling Foul on Black Lives Matter

A Facebook post has gone viral thanks to a Black Arizona man, Steven Hildreth, Jr., recounting his experience of being pulled over by police officers due to his tail light being out.

During Hildreth’s experience with the officers, they were nice and he clearly wasn’t murdered. However, this has caused Hildreth, who is currently promoting his novel, to believe the Black Lives Matter movement is exaggerating police violence towards Black people.

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His Facebook post reads as follows:

“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Lead officer points out my registration card is out of date but he knows my registration is up to date.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.

#BlueLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter”

 

It’s nice that as a Black man, Hildreth had a positive experience with the police officers, but there are a lot of factors that play into this. One, he is in the military and is most likely used to authority and isn’t nervous when it comes to law enforcement.

For many Black people, this is not always the case. This positive experience does not negate the police killings of other unarmed Black people.

Also, the Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t say all cops are bad. The goal of the organization is to end police violence and create a better relationship between police officers and the communities they serve.

We also need to pay attention to the cops telling Hildreth, “Because you were cool with us and didn’t give us grief, I’m just going to leave it at a verbal warning.”

What does that mean? Shouldn’t they just be giving Hildreth a verbal warning because he didn’t violate any laws? So, basically, if Hildreth had them given them “grief” he would have gotten a ticket or worse?

That’s a sign of abuse of power.

Hildreth needs to come to his senses and realize Black Lives Matter is in fact fighting for people like him who have positive experiences with police officers and live to tell about them.

 

 

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.