I have been reading a few of the traffic stops here lately and thought I would share one of mine that was a bit disturbing.
I work for a Federal Agency and I'm also on the our response team. I finally made my way onto the Marksman Observer team and had to drive to Louisiana for training.
Me and my partner had to drive there due to flying commercial with a firearm is just too much of a headache. We were driving back and were only about 3 hours from home when we headed through a West Virginia town that is a notorious speed trap. Well, I got nailed doing 55 in a 50. yep, he pulled me for that. and this is where the fun began.
We had three Rem 700 sniper rifles in their cases in the back seat of our plain white Gov't vehicle with absolutely no markings on it at all. We also had three 5 gallon buckets full of spent .308 and .223 casing (my partner is a big reloading fan) Everything in the vehicle was either tactical black or camo. We also had our issued Sig P226's under the front seats and we were in scruffy beards and civilian clothes.
The officer simply asked for my license. That was it. No questions about the rifle cases, the buckets of spent rounds, the tactical gear, where we worked or why we had these items in the car. I know he seen them right then and there. It was daylight!
He then came back 10 minutes later and asked for the registration for the car. I told him I had no idea where it was, it is a gov't vehicle.
He then asked if the address on my license was correct, and this is my favorite part, he asked if we had any weapons in the car !! REALLY !!!! 10 minutes later and you finally ask?? and you STILL don't acknowledge the arsenal in the back seat !!!!!
After pointing out that we did in fact have a weapon of two in the vehicle he STILL didn't get us out of the vehicle.... He simply went back to his car for a few more minutes and then came back and handed me a nice $185 ticket for 5 mph over the limit ( with a court date for 4 days later !) Nice to know professional courtesy is alive and well in west Virginia... Although he never did ask where we worked.
I got to thinking about this very poorly trained officers safety for a day or two and decided to call his dept and fill his supervisor in on the situation. I already sent the money in the mail by this time. the tickets was not the issue. My vehicle was just peppered with red flags and this guy pretty much ignored every single one of them... Are these small towns so broke that the only thing that is important is the revenue from speeding tickets???
That had to be one of the worst stops I have ever seen. Hopefully this officer found a new profession and quickly.