Incident Date: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Heading home after dropping my son off at my mother’s house, I saw an Anaheim PD Officer driving casually with a Ride-Along on the passenger side. As usual I saw that the officer was not wearing a seatbelt. As petty as it may seem, this is a huge annoyance because as a private citizen, if I am caught without a seatbelt on, the minimum fine in California is $142.00. The police feel as if they are exempt from traffic law, even if there is no emergency. So, being the loudmouth that I am, I rolled down my window as I passed him and rather gently notified him that he was not wearing a seatbelt. He drove up ahead and started looking at me and my vehicle through his driver side mirror. Knowing that the courts had recently learned that vulgar language and signals are covered under the First Amendment, I gladly gave him the middle finger. Unfortunately for me, I was driving my girlfriend’s Mazda 3, which came with no placard to place a front license plate, and she had never installed one. The officer slowed down and pulled up behind me and signaled to pull over.
I pulled around on to a corner where we would all be safe, rather than on the side of the road during peak traffic hours, locked my doors, cracked the window a few inches and began recording with my cell phone. The officer walked up and immediately demanded for papers. As soon as he finished I asked for a badge number (#184) and the reason for the stop. I was a bit confused when he told me there was no front license plate, but soon realized that my girlfriend had never installed it (super face palm).
I supplied the officer with my driver’s license, but could not find the registration. At this point the officer had asked me to put my phone down (I assume to stop the recording), and to further roll my window down, which I gave immediate refusal and stated that it was because I did not trust him. This bothered him enough to begin ordering me out of the vehicle, which I also initially refused. The officer made an attempt to open my vehicle door, but it had been locked, (I learned this lesson from another officer in the past).
The officer then began stating that if I did not get out of the vehicle I would be going to jail, without stating what the charge would be.
At this point I requested a supervisor and the officer called for both backup and a supervisor. Since I was on my way to a date with my lady, I decided I’d rather go home than be jailed for a license plate violation. I stepped out of the car and immediately stated that I do not consent to searches. At this point the officer was aggressive and hostile, probably because I called him a piece of shit for ordering me out of my vehicle under threat of kidnap and caging.
I stepped out of my vehicle and tried to shut my door, and the officer became pretty agitated. I was frisked for weapons without my consent, and had my phone taken from me and placed on the top of the car. Luckily it recorded most of the audio, though some of it is not clear.
From here on out I refused to answer questions or consent to any searches. I told the officer that I was not afraid of him. Soon after, I found myself surrounded by 4 Anaheim PD officers; one of them left since he wasn’t needed. Shortly after, the supervisor showed up. I had requested his presence while I was being ordered out of my vehicle, but he showed up a bit too late. I refused any conversation with him which apparently pissed him off enough to start badgering me and even go so far as to threaten me with psychological evaluation, an attempt to intimidate me into answering more questions about my personal life, such as if I work, where I work, etc. The supervisor then began searching my vehicle for the registration, for which I did not give consent – but apparently no consent is needed when searching for certain documents. I should have locked my car. The officer soon found the registration and my license was checked for warrants – of course I had none. The officer gave me the license plate ticket and also admitted that the stop was retaliation for flipping him off. The officer told me to have a great day and I proudly responded with a nice loud, “Go Fuck Yourself.”
VIDEO LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXphA1tH5kE
Anaheim Police Department
200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805