Would either of these Public Service Gods chase me down and give me a ticket?
Depends on the circumstances, you say? You’re right, so let me fill you in.
This morning, around 11:00, I was sitting in my truck in the McDonald’s parking lot at Rengstorff and Charleston. As I was getting fatter, a Palo Alto Police cruiser made a traffic stop right in front of me.
No lights, no sirens, no drama. Just a traffic stop for something small, I would imagine. However, as the officer approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, the person driving started to open their door.
Now, I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I would consider that a HUGE no-no for someone getting pulled over.
I thought that would be common sense for everyone. Apparently not. The officer making the stop has no idea who they are pulling over and someone getting out of their vehicle can only send up a red flag indicating danger thus triggering adrenaline and a defensive posture in the officer. Is that what you want?
Folks, please stay in your car and wait for the officer to approach you, for everyone’s safety! But, I digress.
Seeing this, and already playing with the camera on my iPhone, I started to roll the video tape. To his credit, he remained very cool, calm and collected. The rest of the stop was uneventful, so I stopped recording after less than a minute.
However, the officer noted me sitting in my car video tapping him. I could tell that he didn’t like it, so I decided to get out of there before he found some reason to come over to me.
I’d rather not stick around and have a conversation with a police officer because that usually ends up with me giving them an autograph of some sort.
So, I leave the parking lot and make a right on Leghorn. I then made a left on Independence.
As I came to a complete stop at Wyandotte, I noticed red and blue lights in my rear view. I thought, “well, he either forgot to turn off his lights, or he’s pulling me over”.
So, not exactly sure if I was being pulled over or not, I kept going down Independence and made a right on Old Middlefield. Since the lights were still on, I pulled over.
Officer Cole Ghilarducci came up to my passenger side window and asked for license and registration and informed me that I was stopped for not having a front license plate. Interesting.
I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that this officer chased me down (after I was completely out of sight) to give me a ticket. He clearly did not see the front of my truck while I was driving and THEN pull me over.
He noticed me taking video of him, was irritated because of it and looked for something on my car which violated the vehicle code to cite me for. His vindictiveness then drove him to hunt me down a mile or so away and give me a ticket for NO FRONT PLATE.
Really Officer? Really? I wasn’t being a police watchdog. I thought something might be going down right in front of my eyes and I might be able to make a record of it. That’s it, plain and simple.
Boo to you Officer Ghilarducci. Boo.
Ponch and John would never have done that.
Please comment and let me know what you think.