State police in Maryland have launched an internal investigation into an incident where a man reported being stopped by an officer and asked, “Where
is your gun?”
Not 'your were speeding' or any other traffic violation explanation....but where is your gun?
Yes, the Florida man owns a gun for protection but DID NOT bring it with them when they went on vacation in Maryland over the Christmas holidays
He left it in the safe at home while the family was gone
After being followed for about 10 minutes by MD police on New years Eve, going southbound on Interstate 95, they finally were pulled over and
questioned about the gun
A couple with their 3 kids, one 13 and 2 twins aged 17
Gun owner unarmed, unwelcome in Maryland
Finally the patrol car’s emergency lights come on, and it’s almost a relief. Whatever was going on, they’d be able to get it over with
now. The officer — from the Transportation Authority Police, as it turns out, Maryland’s version of the New York-New Jersey Port Authority —
strolls up, does the license and registration bit, and returns to his car.
According to Kally and John (but not MTAP, which, pending investigation, could not comment), what happened next went like this:
Ten minutes later he’s back, and he wants John out of the Expedition. Retreating to the space between the SUV and the unmarked car, the officer
orders John to hook his thumbs behind his back and spread his feet. “You own a gun,” the officer says. “Where is it?”
“At home in my safe,” John answers.
“Don’t move,” says the officer.
Now he’s at the passenger’s _ “Your husband owns a gun,” he says. “Where is it?”
First Kally says, “I don’t know.” Retelling it later she says, “And that’s all I should have said.” Instead, attempting to be helpful, she
added, “Maybe in the glove [box]. Maybe in the console. I’m scared of it. I don’t want to have anything to do with it. I might shoot right
through my foot.”
The officer came back to John. “You’re a liar. You’re lying to me. Your family says you have it. Where is the gun? Tell me where it is and we
can resolve this right now.”
Of course, Mr. John Filippidis couldn't show him what didn’t exist, but his wife's failure to corroborate John’s account, the officer would tell
them later, was the probable cause that allowed him to summon backup — three marked cars joined the lineup along the I-95 shoulder — and empty the
Expedition of riders, luggage, Christmas gifts, laundry bags; to pat down Kally and Yianni; to explore the engine compartment and probe inside door
panels; and to separate and isolate the Filippidises in the back seats of the patrol cars.
About an hour and a half later and a warning ticket, they get their possessions back in their car
“All that time, he’s humiliating me in front of my family, making me feel like a criminal,” John says.
I’ve never been to prison, never declared bankruptcy, I pay my taxes, support my 20 employees’ families; I’ve never been in any kind of
And he wants to put me in jail. He wants to put me in jail. For no reason. He wants to take my wife and children away and put me in jail. In America,
how does such a thing happen? ... And after all that, he didn’t even write me a ticket.”
Hmm, no evident reason for pulling them over that's been stated other than when they ran their plates -- a Florida tag spotted in Maryland-- not legit
but possible reason
Possible North vs. South kind of mentality as well ???
And if it shows on his record about C&C well, that might have just given the cops their nudge they wanted to get them
Not all cops are bad but there are those that get off on the 'power of the badge'
edit on 20-1-2014 by snarky412 because: (no reason given)