So yesterday Ry emailed me another incident from Seattle PD. I didn’t get around to blogging it and forgot about it until today.
There was at least a reprimand from this incident, though there are some serious questions this brings up.
Now we’ve found a chilling case that started as a simple traffic stop that could happen to any one of us. Only this time the dash cam video of the incident was shown to a man’s boss, jeopardizing his very livelihood.
Now why is that so significant, they showed the video to his boss and then did the following.
KOMO 4 News is suing the Seattle Police Department after the department denied our requests for other videos similar to Miller’s stop. Citing privacy laws, the department has denied us copies of any videos less than three years old. Yet the officer who stopped Miller didn’t hesitate to show damaging video to Miller’s boss at school, jeopardizing his job.
Think about that for a second, they’re more than willing to attempt to use that evidence in their favor to ruin your life, but the second they might be held accountable they will refuse citing privacy.
Go read the story, my only real comment is this:
Never, get you of your car during a traffic stop unless you are instructed to do so. That said, the reaction by the officers was a bit over the top, especially given the number of them on scene. Overall this was just a bad incident, though this statement right here is telling about the attitude from Seattle PD.
And the law exists Mr. Whitcomb to protect the innocent and when you screw up it’s a big freaking deal because you have violated the rights of someone. As such you should have a boot put up your ass. If you can’t take the time or be bothered to strive for 100% accuracy you’re in the wrong damn line of work.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.