There has been a lot of anti-law enforcement sentiment throughout the country in the past year. Justified or not, it’s there. It festers in online communities where misinformation about laws and legal procedure is distributed and shared with reckless abandon. Mixed in with false information about incidents involving police, there are certain nuggets of wisdom like “you don’t have to roll down your window to interact with an officer”.
Perhaps, in handful of states, there might be a loophole in the law that will allow someone in a particular situation to avoid rolling down the window for an officer, but that is certainly not the norm. And the dissemination of this type of false information to uneducated people is more and more frequently leading to tense and unnecessary confrontations with law enforcement.
The latest example involving this new breed of ‘ YouTube legal scholars’ comes out of South Florida, where Herbert Lindsey was pulled over for speeding and thought he could refuse to roll down his window for the FHP and refused to give troopers his ID. Thinking he was in the right, he gave the troopers his name, but not his license, and had his wife record the incident.
What transpired was predictable, after a continued refusal to roll down his window or give the trooper his ID, the trooper carefully broke the window, removed Mr. Lindsey from the vehicle and placed him under arrest for Resisting an Officer, Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License, and Failure to Obey. In addition to the charges, Lindsey’s three children were in the back of the vehicle and had to go through the ordeal according to ABC 25. Perhaps this will serve as a lesson to YouTube scholars and cop-blockers, but probably not.