As I have written before, many times the blog just writes itself. A few days ago my friend Mike linked an article that he labeled "thought provoking" in which the author, a white male, was attempting to convince me that because I was a white male I was inherently racist whether I wanted to be or not due to the white privilege gene I had been born with. Stereotyping white males aside I had begun to research my next article tying this reading into our city government smokescreen philosophy when this little nugget popped up all over the net;
"Legislator: Traffic Stop for seat belt was racially motivated"
NC State Representative Cecil Brockman is reporting that his being stopped by the NC Highway Patrol on November 30th for a seat belt violation was simply because he was black. He also mentions about being accused of stealing the car and that "a white legislator would not have 3 cop cars around him".
Remember all that "video footage" that our local politicians want to be made public? Be careful what you wish for. The Highway Patrol responded to a public information request from the media and released the dashboard video in its' entirety. What does the video show?
A vehicle that is passing cars left and right on wet, rainy roads.
A vehicle that is not responding to activated blue lights and audible siren.
A trooper who shows restraint in reporting that the vehicle is not stopping but waiting as long as he possibly could before classifying it as a chase.
A driver who wastes no time in identifying himself as a State Representative in such a manner as to indicate he believes he should be released immediately.
A driver who uses the term "ridiculous" several times in defiance of the Trooper enforcing a law he is not only sworn to uphold but actually specializes in per his job description.
A driver that does not have his vehicle registration in his possession as the law requires.
A driver who uses his "elected" position when demeaning the Trooper for doing his job.
A driver who eventually if not somewhat predictably resorts to the "race card" in an obvious attempt to intimidate the trooper into not writing him a seat belt violation.
Troopers inside the patrol vehicle that not once mentioned a stolen car or indicated ANY racial motivation whatsoever.
Then after having time to think about his actions, Representative Brockman defiantly tells the media that he was stopped simply because he was black and that a white legislator would not have been stopped, much less ticketed. Of course, he now also claims in an article in the Raleigh News and Observer that the Highway Patrol "leaked" the video as if he believed they only released it to make him look bad. Well hot shot, you can't have it both ways!!
You said in the video that you were "pissed off"; yeah, me too. I'm pissed off that all you got was a seat belt violation. You have the NERVE to question a Highway Patrolman's integrity to his face, play the race card and attempt to intimidate him into letting you go after you have committed on video violations of;
A seat belt violation
Exceeding a Safe Speed for Conditions
Failing to Heed to Blue Light and Siren
Failing to Carry a Vehicle Registration
And you had the unmitigated gall to be belligerent about getting such a huge break? No license points? No insurance points? Not even really a court date? You got away with endangering other lives on that wet road with your bad driving including the life of the three State Troopers who had to chase you because you wouldn't pull over. Yet you would have us all believe that a white State Representative wouldn't have even been stopped. Never mind that you are caught on video stating the ridiculousness of the Trooper stopping you; do you not believe that an average citizen could not use this video and make a more compelling case that you did not get all you deserved because you are a legislator?
Not one single time did you admit ANY fault in this incident. I have no doubt that you will continue to blame the Trooper because no one in the media or locally will hold you responsible. That's not what we do in Greensboro/High Point/Guilford County. We bash law enforcement here; until of course, we NEED them.
An elected "law maker" disparaging a law enforcement officer for doing his job; wonder what he would have accused the Trooper of if he had hit someone and killed them?
Representative Brockman, you should be ashamed and apologize to the Troopers immediately; but we all know you won't and no one locally will stand up and say so. That means you elected Guilford County State Legislators and local elected officials!!!