Skip to comments.Air Force apologizes to family after armed traffic stop (Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio)
Posted on 04/11/2014 4:17:30 AM PDT by Timber Rattler
A Columbus, Ohio, family said their children were traumatized after what was meant to be a fun trip to the National Museum of the United States Air Force ended with guns drawn on them.
Alice Hill, 65, her daughter-in-law, Wendy, and two young grandchildren visited the museum on April 4 and, as they were leaving, were ordered to get out of their vehicle by military police. Hill said the officers pulled guns on the family and cuffed the adults in front of the children, according to an incident report.
The family was detained for about 90 minutes as authorities sorted through questions about whether the van was stolen it wasn't and whether they were casing cars in the lot they weren't.
"An initial check of the vehicle plates with the National Law Enforcement Terminal System reported the vehicle as stolen," according to a base statement Tuesday. "Security forces responded as trained, and executed high-risk traffic stop procedures. Further investigation of the full vehicle information number revealed the vehicle was not stolen."
"We sincerely regret the fact that their enjoyable day at the museum ended with this high-risk traffic stop," their statement read. "Had the vehicle not originally come back as stolen, this situation would have been resolved with a quick courtesy stop of the vehicle to clarify the initial report."
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People will believe what they want to believe, and these officers will be excoriated for things they probably didn't do. But it is all grist for the mill.
I can just feel the love for our servicemen and women on this thread.
I see many of these airmen everyday on my way into work and have been stopped for traffic violations on occasion...nice folks, professional and courteous for their age and positions...
The USAF changed their “traffic stop” policy after Tech. Sgt. Robert B. Butler was murdered at Edwards AFB in 1998 while pulling over a vehicle.
I was one of those servicemen at one time. I went to tech school at the same place they did. They trained their dogs in my dorm. Letting them crap on our floor, tear up our beds, break our stuff. I endured their threats and ego trip on what they’d do when they got their ‘badge’. The closest I ever came to dying was when they failed to follow procedure and almost shot me.
So gimme a break, they all aren’t heros.
From the article:
A Columbus family said “their children were traumatized” after what was meant to be a fun trip to the National Museum of the United States Air Force “ended with guns drawn on them.”
Hill said the “officers pulled guns on the family” and cuffed the adults in front of the children.
Plus I would assume the adults were hugging the kids close as any parents would, and it’s probably difficult to aim guns at the adults without aiming them at the kids.
You are still suffering from the adversarial mindset.
My current work involves checking employee and contractor screening data,and improperly entered,incorrect,and late data entry has caused many people un-necessary delay and aggravation.
Making a request for license and registration before making accusations based on computer stored info is a non-confrontational move that won’t look bad if the vehicle turns out to be legitimate,and if stolen status is confirmed you have the driver’s ID ,making it less likely for him to run.Also if driver balks or makes move to flee or fight ,the officer can then draw a weapon.That worked for America’s police for decades.
Approaching every situation with gun pointed is overkill,sometimes literally.
As for ranting,well, the all too often excesses of today’s law ENFORCERS need ranting about.Because those in law enforcement won’t speak out ,likely of fear of being harassed or shunned by other members of the fraternity. Public employee unions are a very bad thing.
There will always be ego tripping aholes...dont see where I claimed any are heroes either.
I made a stop there on the way to New Orleans in June 2001. My grandfather was in the Navy in WWII so he wanted to see it.
It was really nice. New Orleans,on the other hand....lol.
I enjoyed visiting the city but there were some REALLY creepy people walking around.
In small towns in States that have plates with a county code, it can be a hassle to be out of county.