Newly released dashcam video shows a Pennsylvania judge confronted an officer within seconds of being pulled over for a traffic violation.
In the dashcam video, Lancaster County Judge Dennis Reinaker immediately gets out of his vehicle and tells the officer to, “check the registration on this plate soon, mister.”
According to PennLive.com, the traffic stop happened in April. The judge had been stopped because he was tailgating an unmarked police car.
Judge Reinaker told the news outlet he did not ask for special treatment.
After checking the registration, the officer approached Reinarker’s car window and told him, “have a good day, Judge.”
Defending his actions, the judge gave this statement to Lancaster Online:
“I respect and greatly appreciate the hard work of our law enforcement officers in Lancaster County. Any parking or traffic citations I have ever received were paid without objection. I neither expect nor deserve any special treatment and made no such request on this occasion. However, I am not immune to an instance of mild frustration during a morning commute. In this case, it was not clear to me why I was pulled over. I obeyed the officer’s directives and intended no disrespect.”
However the statement appears to be in complete contradiction with what the dash cam video showed.
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