Last month police officers in Columbia, Missouri, pulled over a man for failure to signal a turn; what followed was an everyday traffic stop more mundane than a daily train commute.
Yet after the officers issued Columbia Daily Tribune columnist Bill “Ol’ Clark” Clark a ticket and let him go on his way, the aggrieved opinion writer rushed to publish an op-ed maligning them for doing their jobs.
First, he accused the officers of targeting him because he happens to be a hardcore liberal whose vehicle displays his political leanings:
“I can fully understand how easy it is for police to make random stops,” he wrote. “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?”
He was especially peeved because one of the officers chided him for taking off after the stop and parking his car a little further up the road, away from traffic. For simply explaining to him that one should not move his or her car after being stopped, Clark then suggested the cops had acted arrogantly and harassed him:
“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.”
Too bad he was …
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