From Mad World News: On Friday in Illinois, an enraged police officer was captured on film after a driver tried to exercise his constitutional rights.
Ryan Scott had a camera on his dashboard as he drove through a random police checkpoint, capturing the entire incident on video as an officer exploded on him for asking whether he was being detained.
Scott attempted to explain to the officer that he didn’t have to provide his driver’s license if he wasn’t being detained or suspected of committing a crime; however, a second officer at the scene wasn’t having it. He rips open Scott’s door and screams, “YOU KNOW WHAT, YOU ARE OBLIGATED, GET OUT NOW!”
Most would argue that the Fourth Amendment prevents police from searching your vehicle or other private property without either consent or probable cause; although, this didn’t seem to bother the officer, who continued to yell at Scott.
“DRIVING IS A PRIVELEDGE NOT A RIGHT,” he kept repeating.
It becomes clear that Scott feared for his safety as the officer grew increasingly angry, so he complied with the officer’s demands rather than risk being assaulted.
Ultimately, Scott was let go without incident or being charged, but it was only after a frighteningly tense exchange with the police.
Fortunately, the vast majority of officers wouldn’t respond to the Constitution in such a manner. However, in the rare cases it does happen, it can be a disturbing experience for the victim.
Originally posted to his Facebook page, Scott had this to say about the encounter:
I was just stopped at an unconstitutional CHECKPOINT in DeKalb, Illinois. This was Illinois State Police conducting the unconstitutional searches. You won’t believe how this just went down! I completely forgot to ask for name and badge number because this guy scared the sh*t out of me. He was not aware that he was being recorded when he ripped my door open. Unbelievable! This kind of misconduct and behavior is not acceptable. This is what happens when you exercise your Constitutional Rights as a law abiding American citizen. This incident ironically occurred on “Thank a police officer day”. Share the hell out of this and make this video go viral!