Armed Black Man Debunks Police ‘War On Blacks’ Myth With Routine Traffic Stop
An Arizona man’s Facebook post describing a routine traffic stop, in which he was let off with only a warning, has gone viral for challenging the narrative that police are waging a war on minorities.
Steven Hildreth, a Tucson author and Army veteran, related his tale in a social media post that has since accumulated over 261 thousand likes and over 160 thousand shares.
In the post Hildreth describes how he complied with officers’ orders after he was pulled over for having a broken headlight, and how he notified officers that he was armed.
“The officer asks me how I’m doing, and then asks if I have any weapons,” Hildreth says.
“Yes, sir,” Hildreth replies. “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 asks Hildreth to step out, asks for his gun, and proceeds to run his license.
“Lead officer points out my registration card is out of date but he knows my registration is up to date.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 says he remembers thinking.
“Because you were cool with us and didn’t give us grief, I’m just going to leave it at a verbal warning,” the officer told Hildreth. “Get that headlight fixed as soon as possible.”
Hildreth says his routine interaction goes to show how the police “war on minorities” claim has been grossly exaggerated by social justice warriors.