At a time when law enforcement interactions with citizens are highly sensitive and subject to close scrutiny, a viral video of a black man purportedly unjustly detained by cops reportedly omitted the full context in the initial upload of what led to the traffic stop.
That is the assessment of Terrence K. Williams, the comedian, social media star, and high-profile Trump supporter.
An apparently edited version of the video that gained traction on social media showed the motorist repeatedly asking why he was pulled over, why he is being arrested and claiming the cop had an attitude. The officer then claimed the man was speeding and resisting, which became a subject of disagreement. The encounter escalated to the point that officer drew a gun, which admittedly is disturbing, and ordering the allegedly noncompliant man on the ground.
That officer and a colleague, who arrived as backup, wound up grappling with the motorist on the ground. The motorist’s vocal female companion evidently recorded the incident.
In a purported “real” version that Williams released on Rumble, the officer can be heard explaining that the motorist was clocked at 101 MPH in a 65-mile zone. The officer goes on to say that the man was unwilling to produce his driver’s license upon being stopped.
“People don’t know how to act, at all. But did y’all see what I saw. You see how they posted half the video,” a disapproving Williams noted, “and they didn’t show everything.”
Watch the video and form your own conclusions:
Williams then provided a life lesson for any similarly situated person in his commentary: “When an officer pulls you over, just comply, okay?…if you feel like you are in the right, and the officer is in the wrong, hash it out in court. Fight it in court. Get a lawyer; don’t fight the police. Don’t resist; don’t act the fool. There’s no point.”
Williams’ recommendations is evocative to some degree of the cops on the top-rated TV show Live PD (which was abruptly cancelled in the aftermath of the George Floyd death in Minneapolis police custody) who routinely reassured detainees that handcuffs “come off as fast as they go on.”
Williams insisted that this traffic stop has nothing to do with the George Floyd case.
“Show the officer your license, unless you got something to hide. Evidently, he had something to hide. He didn’t want to show the officer his license. And evidently they had something to hide because they want to post half of the video,” Williams asserted.
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