Steven Hildreth, Jr., of Tucson, Arizona, was pulled over by 2 white officers for driving with a broken headlight on Oct. 27.
In a Facebook post, Hilbreth said he was “wearing a hoodie and strapped.”
After approaching his car, one of the officers asked Hildreth if he was armed. Hildreth replied that he was armed with a Glock handgun. He said his gun was holstered on his right hip and his conceal carry license was in his wallet in his right back pocket.
He said the 2 officers “dialogued” with him, and they told him they had to disarm him to check his registration.
“I explain that I’m running a 7TS ALS holster but from the angle, the second officer can’t unholster it,” Hildreth wrote.
He said he stepped out of the vehicle “slowly” so the 2nd officer could unholster his weapon.
“Officer relieves me of my Glock and compliments the X300U [flashlight] on it. He also sees my military ID and I tell him I’m with the National Guard,” Hildreth wrote.
“Lead officer points out my registration card is out of date but he knows my registration is up to date,” Hildreth wrote. “I know he’s got me on at least two infractions. I’m thinking of how to pay them.”
Hildreth said the officers returned his Glock to him in an evidence bag, along with a warning to get his headlight fixed. They complimented him for his respectful treatment of them.
But Hildreth went one step further. He went home and wrote a Facebook post, thanking the officers for “an example of men who earned their badges and exemplify what that badge stands for.”
We all know the traffic stop would have turned out differently if Hilbreth had been an entitled (read: arrogant) Black Lives Matter Twitter activist.
The difference is Hildreth wasn’t pulled over while in the commission of a felony and he isn’t a thug with a lengthy criminal record. So don’t expect him to get an invite to the White House or an interview on CNN.com.
Read Hildreth’s full Facebook post here.