Recently posted video of a New Jersey traffic stop gives a vivid glimpse into the reality of policing in a racially tense America.
In the Liveleak video post, which describes the incident as taking place May 31 in the resort town of Wildwood, a police officer who pulled the vehicle over after an incident at a stop light noticed that no one inside was wearing a seatbelt. When he asked for identification, a barrage of race-baiting accusations erupted from the vehicle.
Despite trying to deescalate the situation, the cop quickly found himself in need of backup as the individuals in the car began to disobey orders. The situation devolved into chaos as police started making arrests. One woman began screaming about the NAACP, while others shouted over each other at the officer.
As if policing wasn’t tough enough, the current anti-police climate emanating from places like Baltimore are making the job even more difficult for cops around the country. Situations like this are, unfortunately, at risk of becoming more common.
Undoubtedly there are police on the streets who abuse their power, but calling a cop a “racist” and disobeying his orders has a tendency to make the situation worse. There is a time and a place to address legitimate concerns about police practices. The side of the street, during a traffic stop, isn’t one of them.