The video above was sent to us via the “submission tab”by Tyler Wayne. It shows Darlington County Sheriff‘s (SC) conducting a vehicle search on March 3rd around 5:30pm. This would normally be no big deal but Wayne decided to inform the driver of their rights prompting a police employee on scene to approach him. According to Wayne:
I was recording what appeared to be a traffic stop. After making comments about how the the drug dog was trying to run away from the car, Sergeant Shawn Tunstall (I believe) threatens to arrest me for being “disorderly”. After that threat I lowered my voice and continued to videotape the traffic stop. Once the stop was over, the officer approached me and asked for my identification. I immediately asked if I was being detained and he replied with “yes, you are”. I asked what crime he thought I had committed and he states that there was “no crime”, meaning he was detaining me without any reasonable suspicion that I had committed a crime, (violation of my rights). I then told him that South Carolina wasn’t a stop and identify state in which to he replies, “yes it is”. He then goes on to say that it has been a stop and identify state ever since he has been a cop, which is a lie. However, after this he avoids asking for my ID again and won’t answer my questions regarding the identification matter. He then goes fishing trying to find something to charge me with and falsely accusing me of trying to entice a riot. However, realizing he has no legitimate charge to hold me with, he leaves. I tried to remain calm and collected. Enjoy.
IMO, Wayne did an excellent job at ensuring the situation with the bully police employee didn’t escalate any further. He responded to the police employee’s questions with questions and continued to ask questions even after stating he would provide ID. This left the police employee in a difficult spot because it’s harder to arrest a compliant inquisitive guy than it is a noncompliant one.
Which is why, again IMO, I believe that the police employee decided to resort to plan B (if plan A was to arrest and not just to bully him a bit) by pulling out his own phone and playing the “if you can’t beat them join them” card by recording Wayne back. Of course Wayne’s video ended up on his YouTube Channel and the police employees went to a fusion center.
Nevertheless, the police employee didn’t want to end his bullying before stating something really stupid, you know, since he got his cellphone camera out and all. When he said, “I don’t do traffic stops, we do criminal investigations. Alright. I’m a narcotics investigator.” In response to Wayne’s comment that he’d, “appreciate it if you [the officer] didn’t try to generate revenue with traffic stops” I nearly lost it.
Does this police employee believe that his job in narcotics is ‘better’ (or above) his colleagues whose job is “traffic stops?” Yet, both not only seek out people whose crimes have no victims but also are heavy revenue generators for the state; particularly police budgets. So while the police employee took offense to Wayne’s comment that he shouldn’t generate revenue with traffic stops, he wasn’t that far off. In fact, had drugs been found in that car not only would that woman been going to jail (where taxpayers would fit the bill, cha-ching #1) but the car may be impounded or seized (cha-ching #2) on top of that. That’s not even getting into what the court costs are. It doesn’t matter because at the end of the day, traffic fines and drug offense are easy targets for police employees who are ‘ordered’ to pad those budgets.
Luckily for us Wayne had his camera rolling, was quick with his responses and, as he mentioned, remained calm. Now we can show the world another butthurt cop who was simply upset that Wayne wasn’t going to let them bully people in his community. He probably didn’t expected to be bullied himself but that’s what bullies do. You don’t have to fear the bullies though because with a little bit of preparation and knowledge, you can end police bullying too.
And before you tell me they aren’t bullies, this isn’t the first time employee’s from this department bullied a person with a camera. SEE HERE (or video below).
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