Body cameras are common equipment now. Still, some people insist on spinning stories and fabrications that the video evidence clearly will refute. And police are fighting back. Here’s another example of a routine encounter with police that held up as a gross abuse of power. The video footage of the traffic stop, though, shows the truth.
The president of the Timmonsville, South Carolina NAACP chapter recently blasted a Timmonsville police officer on Facebook. It has since been deleted. Rev. Jerrod Moultrie said he was racially profiled and harassed after an officer pulled him over for not signaling before a turn.
The stop happened on the night of April 12. On April 13, Moultrie wrote his account of the incident. The DailyWire picked up a copy of the deleted post.
“TONIGHT I WAS RACIALLY PROFILED By Timmonsville officer CAUSE I WAS DRIVING A MERCEDES BENZ AND GOING HOME IN A NICE NEIGHBORHOOD,” he started the post. “But you know tomorrow they will hear from me.”
Me: hello sir how can I help you
Officer: I am stopping you cause you fail to put on a turn signal and do you have any drugs in the car
Me: sir how would you know if I used by turn signal when you was approaching me as I turn and is there any drugs in your car?
Officer: License and registration
Me: sir can I take off my seat belt and get it
Me: (as i open glove box i said) sir this is a new car i just purchased and all i have is bill of sale, insurance car, and registration from car I am transferring tags
Officer: ok where you work and who car is this and why you in this neighborhood
Me: sir I am a pastor and I live in the house on the left
Officer: and I guess I am the bill gates
The officer then went back to his vehicle to call in the information.
Officer: you need to park this vehicle and never drive it till you get this straight with DMV
“This officer thought he had some drugs or something cause since when 2 patrol car stops one car on a turn signal issue,” Moultrie wrote.
“Guess I can’t be a pastor and can’t drive a Mercedes Benz and live in a nice neighborhood. Well you know as president of Timmonsville NAACP he stop the wrong car tonight cause someone needs to answer for this behavior…”
Moultrie, though, is lying about the mistreatment. The body camera footage shows an entirely different side of the story. Officer Chris Miles is polite. He never asks about drugs, or claims to be Bill Gates. He is even generous concerning the registration issue.
Officer Miles does suggest Moultrie get the proper documentation sorted out, but hardly in the way Moultrie describes, and completely within reason.
Timmonsville Police Chief Billy Brown heard Moultrie’s complaint and decided to release the footage.
“But I think by [Moultrie] being the president of NAACP for the Timmonsville area, that it needs to be out to the public for the simple reason, if and when something else happens, they need to be able to look at the credibility of who’s presenting it,” said Brown. “I mean, if he lied about this to us, he’ll lie about anything to anyone. I just don’t think we need his type of representation.”