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Columbia Daily Tribune columnist Bill Clark wrote in a recent article that he is “lucky” police didn’t shoot him during a recent traffic stop in which he found himself “in the shoes of the minority.”
In the piece, Clark mocked police protocol and accused officers of responding with “official arrogance.” Long story short: Clark was ticketed for not using a turn signal, and he feels like a “warning would have been sufficient. He even wrote that he felt his life was in danger:
I can fully understand how easy it is for police to make random stops. I have a rear bumper full of liberal bumper stickers and a dent. My car is old, with 425,000 miles, which probably makes me an aging hippie with a weed habit. So why not pull me over?
I’ve just come to appreciate even more the words of those minorities when they speak of harassment and police arrogance. I had a good dose of arrogance on this evening and, in my rear view mirror, the image of the second officer out of the car, his hands ready in case I made the wrong move. My life seemed to be in danger.
I fully understand how a person can lose their respect for law officers. When you are in the shoes of the minority, you learn a lot more about their journey.
But after Clark's account was published, the Boone County Sheriff's Department refuted the article. The only difference is the police had proof: a dash cam video.
As you can see from the video above, the traffic stop was actually very uneventful. The officers were very respectful as they explained why they were pulling him over.
In fact, it was the driver who did his best to escalate the situation by raising his voice and arguing with one of the officers about the traffic ticket.
At no point does Clark's life appear to be in danger. The rebuttal video has now been viewed over 106,000 times and counting.