Man's Facebook post about Ariz. traffic stop goes viral
A black man with a concealed weapon posted about being pulled over by an officer
By PoliceOne Staff
Steven Hildreth Jr. posted about an incident where he was pulled over by a Tucson Police Department officer for a broken headlight. When the officer asked Hildreth if he had any weapons, he told them "yes."
Hildreth had a concealed carry permit holder and gun on his right hip. The officer told Hildreth for the safety of both parties involved, he needs to disarm Hildreth for the stop. Hildreth complied and unlocked the vehicle for the officer, according to the post.
Hildreth has a 7TS ALS holster but the officer couldn't retrieve the gun from his angle. The officer then asked Hildreth to step out of the vehicle and he complied again.
The officer complimented Hildreth on his gun and they had an exchange about Hildreth being a member of the National Guard.
The officer pointed out that Hildreth's registration card was out of date, but the car registration is up-to-date. As the officer went to run Hildreth's license, Hildreth worried about how he was going to pay the two infractions he was guilty of.
When the officer returned, because Hildreth was "cool" and didn't give them grief, they let him go.
"I’m a black man wearing a hoodie and strapped," Hildreth wrote. "According to certain social movements, I shouldn’t be alive right now because the police are allegedly out to kill minorities. Maybe, that notion is bunk. Maybe if you treat police officers with respect, they will do the same to you."
Hildreth continued in his post to thank the officers for their professionalism and service.
The post is hashtagged with #BlueLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter. It's been shared over 135,000 times.