Florida Highway Patrol - Rude and Unprofessional Behavior
FLORIDA -- The officer in question pulled me over on 01/29/2013 at approximately 10:45am (Traffic Citation # XXXX-XXX). I pulled over on the sidewalk to avoid blocking the flow of traffic and lowered all 4 windows so that he could have a clear view of the interior of my vehicle. I waited for the officer to come to my car he asked me for driver’s license and insurance. While removing my Florida state driver’s license from my wallet, he happened to see my New York state driver’s license and asked to see that also. He took a brief look at all three documents and said to me that he should have me arrested for a felony in having two driver licenses. Also, he stated that he had an appointment to go to and if he can get someone to cover for him he will arrest me. He then went back to his vehicle spent about six minutes and came back with my both licenses and then stated “my name”, get rid of it. Don’t carry it on you. Keep it at home…keep it at home in a safe place. You got two licenses; this says expired, but when you run it, and I was wrong about 19, it expires 14…but, it’s a valid license ok….” Then that conversation went on to the other citation that I received. But my problem is with that officer is that he said, without knowing the facts that he is going to arrest me. Does he think that I’m some illegal immigrant or did his mother just not bring him up properly? He as an officer had no right to talk to me in such a manner. I knew he was wrong but, with his attitude at first, I wasn't willing to tell him otherwise fearing he might have pulled me out the car and did a cavity search or something uncalled for. His attitude was not pleasant at all. I can understand that they are in a highly strung and tense situation, not knowing what to expect from the driver or, in some cases, the occupants of the vehicle. However, the act of common courtesy goes a very long way. I know for a fact that if that officer didn't tell me that he’d arrest me, I would have never wasted thirty minutes of my life to write this letter and possibly tarnish the FHP name plate, but I felt offended by his contemptuous manner towards me. He should be looked down upon as a Trooper for approaching a non-threatening motorist in that manner. And what makes it worse is that he, as a law enforcement officer, failed to gather the appropriate information before making an erroneous statement that would mortify anyone who’s not a threat nor has ever been one.
Also, I must say at his current age I think you all should re-evaluate his abilities to be a Trooper. Apparently, Corporal MXXXXX is very color blind stating in the citation that my lights were showing the color “RED AND BLUE” which was clearly not the case. They were purple and white, the colors of my HID kit. So again, at his geriatric age I think you all should have him see an optometrist and keep him off the road until he can correctly distinguish between the colors “RED AND BLUE” and purple and white. In my opinion that’s and epic fail on his part.
Additionally, I’m pretty sure this letter won’t get anywhere nor, will Corporal MXXXXX see any type of psychiatric treatment for his rude and unprofessional behavior. I personally believe that a human being who approaches another with such barbaric behavior should not even be in possession of a firearm. These are the types of people that shoot up schools, movie theatres, etc., and make owning a firearm more difficult for all the righteous citizens and gun owners all across America. In any event, I am fortunate to freely be able to at least express my concern and I hope that someone reads this and hopefully a copy of this would get sent to Corporal MXXXXX’s email inbox, as well as a pair of eye glasses delivered to his mailing address.