TUCSON, Ariz.– An Arizona man’s post about a recent traffic stop has more than 150,000 shares on Facebook.
Steven Hildreth, Jr. said he was pulled over by the Tucson Police Department for a burn-out headlight. The 27-year-old author and National Guard veteran told officers he has a concealed-carry permit and had a gun holstered at his hip.
Hildreth said he followed the officers’ instructions and got out of the car so they could disarm him.
“Lead officer points out my registration card is out of date but he knows my registration is up to date.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,” Hildreth wrote.
But instead, the police officers thanked him for cooperating and let him drive away with a verbal warning.
“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,” Hildreth wrote. “Maybe if you treat police officers with respect, they will do the same to you.”
“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,” Hildreth concluded.
Read his entire Facebook post below.