Washington resident and former Republican congressional candidate Gavin Seim recently pulled over a police offer in an unmarked police car. The citizen pulled over the officer because he was unlawfully driving an umarked police car during regular patrol duty
“This is my ID right here,” the deputy responded, pointed to his police patch on his uniform.
“That’s not ID, sir. If I showed you a badge if you stopped me, would you take that as ID? C’mon. Let’s be reasonable. Anybody can have a patch, sir,” Seim responded. The deputy then showed Seim two forms of identification.
The reason Seim flagged the deputy down, was one of public safety, according to Seim.
“In Washington we have unmarked police vehicles impersonating citizens. If you think it’s not a serious issue, try asking those that have been raped or lost loves ones because of unmarked cars,” Seim wrote in his blog about the incident.
Seim asked the deputy if he’d been pulling people over in the unmarked vehicle, to which the deputy said “I am.” Seim then notified the deputy he was in “open violation of Washington State RCWs.”
“It’s completely in violation of Washington State law and you are culpable in that, the way the law is written. So you’ve admitted that you are in violation of Washington State law and that you are stopping people in this vehicle. So what I’m going to encourage you to do, um, I’m not going, I’m not going to write you up today, what I am going to encourage you to do is take this car back (deputy begins to smile)… I know you’re smiling but we the citizens do have a right to hold you guys accountable. If I’m in violation of the law, I could call the Sheriff out here and demand that you be written up for this,” Seim said to the deputy.