This Man’s Facebook Post About Traffic Stop Has Gone VIRAL… Here’s Why


A black man named Steven Hildreth Jr. says he was pulled over for a broken headlight by the Tucson Police Department on the way to work in Tucson, Arizona the other day. Hildreth was packing heat and wearing a hoodie as well.

But this story turns out with a happy ending, basically because both Hildreth and the police officer were respectful of each other.

Here is Mr. Hildreth’s post:


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So, I’m driving to my office to turn in my weekly paperwork. A headlight is out. I see a Tucson Police Department squad…


Posted by Steven Hildreth, Jr. on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

So, I’m driving to my office to turn in my weekly paperwork. A headlight is out. I see a Tucson Police Department squad vehicle turn around and follow me. I’m already preparing for the stop.


The lights go on and I pull over. The officer asks me how I’m doing, and then asks if I have any weapons.

“Yes, sir. I’m a concealed carry permit holder and my weapon is located on my right hip. My wallet is in my back-right pocket.”

The officer explains for his safety and mine, he needs to disarm me for the stop. I understand, and I unlock the vehicle. I explain that I’m running a 7TS ALS holster but from the angle, the second officer can’t unholster it. Lead officer asks me to step out, and I do so slowly. Officer relieves me of my Glock and compliments the X300U I’m running on it. He also sees my military ID and I tell him I’m with the National Guard.

Lead officer points out my registration card is out of date but he knows my registration is up to date. He goes back to run my license. I know he’s got me on at least two infractions. I’m thinking of how to pay them.

Officers return with my Glock in an evidence back, locked and cleared. “Because you were cool with us and didn’t give us grief, I’m just going to leave it at a verbal warning. Get that headlight fixed as soon as possible.”

I smile. “Thank you, sir.”

I’m a black man wearing a hoodie and strapped. According to certain social movements, I shouldn’t be alive right now because the police are allegedly out to kill minorities.

Maybe…just maybe…that notion is bunk.

Maybe if you treat police officers with respect, they will do the same to you.

Police officers are people, too. By far and large, most are good people and they’re not out to get you.

I’d like to thank those two officers and TPD in general for another professional contact.

We talk so much about the bad apples who shouldn’t be wearing a badge. I’d like to spread the word about an example of men who earned their badges and exemplify what that badge stands for.

#BlueLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter

[EDIT: In my rush to post, I accidentally omitted that my wallet was in the back-right pocket, near my firearm. This was the primary motivation for temporary disarmament. The post has been modified to reflect that.

Again, I’d like to thank the TPD and their officers for their consistent professionalism, courtesy, and the good work that they do, both in this particular contact and every day.]

Hildreth’s Facebook post has been shared more than 177,000 times at the time I am writing this.


Posted by Dean James III% on Thursday, October 29, 2015

With all of the negative publicity surrounding police lately, America’s Freedom Fighters takes pride in showing the good side of law enforcement as well as people of color. The vast majority of law enforcement officers are honest people that work extremely hard to keep our communities safe. They do one hell of a job and deserve to be treated with respect. I often go out of the way to let them know that I appreciate what they do. And they always appreciate it.

I’d like to thank Mr Hildreth for his service as well as all law enforcement officers. God bless.

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