Citizen pulls over cop in Washington, lets him off with a warning

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A man in Washington state turned the tables on law enforcement when he pulled over a deputy in an unmarked car.

The man, Gavin Seim, who is also a blogger, then began to question the deputy about his unmarked car and asked for his ID.

The blogger then proceeds to tell the deputy about certain laws he is breaking in the car.

In the end he lets him off with a warning.

Fox 13 in Seattle has more on the story.
From the YouTube description:

“Published on Oct 14, 2014

Short version. See the uncut video here: http://youtu.be/DPtudZ3R6U4. Seim pulls over a Grant County WA deputy for an unmarked sheriff car violation. Details on the blog post: http://callmegav.com/2014/10/citizen-…”

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9 comments

  • Lorna

    The guy who took this video is a loser. He has nothing better to do than bother this police officer? I hope he doesn’t need help from the police anytime soon, and if he does, I hope they don’t show up.

    • Luke

      To everyone mentioning how this man is an idiot and could use his time in a much better way is completely missing the point of the video. The point of the video is that police have too much authority and many consider themselves above the law. Oh, so you don’t believe that? How is that police officers get away with murder these days? We the people need to start somewhere as far as holding the government and police officers accountable. If we don’t, police brutality will only worsen in this country. Quit living under a rock and do a google search of police brutality and maybe, just maybe you can pull your head out of your ass and see the point of this video.

  • Adam

    This guy is an absolute idiot…Washington state law RCW 46.08.065 states…” (3) Subsection (2) of this section shall not apply to vehicles used by the Washington state patrol for general undercover or confidential investigative purposes. Traffic control vehicles of the Washington state patrol may be exempted from the requirements of subsection (2) of this section at the discretion of the chief of the Washington state patrol.”

    So this guy can pound sand.

  • Hi

    A message from Sheriff Tom Jones about Gavin Seim’s recent video

    By now, many of you may have seen a recent video posted online by a citizen who flagged down one of our deputies and video-recorded the interaction. The citizen believed the brand-new Dodge Charger patrol car was illegal because the car had no markings identifying it as a law enforcement vehicle. The citizen then gave the deputy a “warning” for driving an unmarked car.

    If you haven’t seen the video, you can see it here: http://callmegav.com/2014/10/citizen-pulls-over-unmarked-police-gives-warning/

    Now, here are some facts.

    1. Deputy Dustin Canfield dealt with Gavin Seim with tact and diplomacy as demonstrated in the video. It should be noted that Deputy Canfield and Gavin Seim are acquainted, so this was not an interaction between people unfamiliar with each other.

    2. The patrol car Deputy Canfield was driving was awaiting installation of vinyl graphics (ordered prior to the video being recorded, but not yet received). To enhance our local economy, we choose to buy graphics from a local sign vendor, which is a small company. We get our vehicles marked as quickly as the graphics company’s workload allows.

    3. No one (in this case, the deputy driving the car) would receive a citation from a law enforcement officer or risk going to jail for violating that law. For those who read that law, you will see it is not a criminal or civil offense, but one that would be handled internally by an agency head.

    4. I am not going to put the public at risk by not deploying patrol cars while awaiting installation of decals. I’m sure our citizens who depend on us would agree with me.

    5. We embrace the value of having our vehicles marked. Marked vehicles are a visible deterrent to crime, and a visible, reassuring presence for our citizens.

    Our focus at the Grant County Sheriff’s Office – and what we strive to be known for – is fighting crime, arresting bad guys and working with the public to make safer communities. With limited resources in a large, rural area, we have to remain focused on our mission on helping our communities. We are working day and night with the help of our citizens stopping property crimes, drug crimes and violence. The members of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office do a great job, and our citizens do a great job. We enjoy a mutual respect and we take great pride in our relationships with the communities we serve.

    I greatly appreciate the outpouring of nationwide support expressing how well Deputy Canfield handled the situation, and I appreciate the support from our citizens who have also reached out to me.

    Thank you,
    Sheriff Tom Jones

    • John C.

      Responses by #.

      1) I agree that he handled it very professionally. It’s nice that he’s polite. I’m not sure that you made it better by saying they know each other. How would he have handled a stranger? I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt though.
      2) That’s doesn’t seem like a good excuse to me. The law is there for a reason. I don’t get to use excuses like that. I still get cited.
      3) Maybe not a citation or arrested, but he could be terminated or suspended without pay.

      46.08.067
      Publicly owned vehicles — Violations concerning marking and confidential license plates.

      A violation of any provision of RCW 46.08.065 as now or hereafter amended or of RCW 46.08.066 shall subject the public officer or employee committing such violation to disciplinary action by the appropriate appointing authority or employing agency. Such disciplinary action may include, but shall not be limited to, suspension without pay or termination of employment in the case of repeated or continuing noncompliance.

      4) Then you’re willingly breaking the law.
      5) Good.

  • Tom Maker

    This police officer was the most polite, professional cop I have ever seen. As far as I am concerned other police should model their behavior after his! Oh, I do not have the same impression as the person filming the encounter.