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A truck driver showed what can happen when police officers find out they’re being videotaped.
Brian Miner was pulled over in Illinois last week after he honked his truck horn at a state police officer he claims was using his cellphone while speeding on a wet highway.
“I pulled you over – the horn, I don’t know what that was about,” the officer told Miner, who recorded the traffic stop.
“Because you were speeding and had your cellphone in your hand,” said Miner, explaining why he was honking.
“Police officers can actually use technology when they’re driving,” said the officer.
“Oh, so you guys are above the law?” Miner asked.
The officer replied, arguing that Miner couldn’t be sure that he was exceeding the 70 miles-per-hour speed limit.
“You passed me! How fast were you driving? Are you above the speed limit as well?” Miner asks, telling the officer that had his cruise control set at 65 miles per hour.
“You were going well over 70,” Miner exclaimed.
The officer did not back down, claiming that Miner had no good reason to honk his horn.
“There was a good reason to,” Miner said. “You were speeding, it’s wet roads. You were speeding with a cellphone in your hand.”
Unphased, the officer told Miner he was issuing him a ticked for “unlawful use of horn.”
Then Miner issued a game-changer.
“By the way, you’re being recorded,” said the trucker, as he picked the camera up from his dashboard and directed it towards the officer.
“Yeah, so are you,” said the officer, in a moment of defiance that would soon dissipate.
The officer asked Miner how many driving hours he had left for the day and then went back to his cruiser to check the trucker’s license and registration.
But by the time he got back to the truck, the officer was singing a different tune.
“I didn’t write you a ticket,” he told Miner. “I didn’t want to hurt your record.”
He said he conducted a truck inspection, but found that Miner was “violation-free.”
“So that should look good for your company,” the officer said, adding “I understand you using the horn.”
“Honestly, I wasn’t paying attention to my speed,” said the officer.
“Either way, you were just trying to help me out – help me drive safely, I understand that.”
“We’re all out here sharing the same road,” said Miner. “You should be held accountable to the same standards I am.”
The officer agreed, while maintaining that he wasn’t sure how fast he was driving and claiming that he could not remember whether or not he was using his cellphone.
“Enjoy that violation-free MCS inspection,” the officer said.
The officer headed back to his cruiser, and Miner turned the camera on himself.
“And that’s what happens when they know you’re recording,” he said.
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