Skip to comments.Traffic stop erupts into confrontation in Lake Wales (FL)
Posted on 11/09/2009 4:17:53 AM PST by jwparkerjr
A traffic stop in Lake Wales for tinted windows turned into an angry confrontation between police, deputies, state troopers and as many as 100 bystanders.
Two officers and one of the two people arrested were treated for minor injuries. Police are looking for three others in the incident, which started around 2:45 p.m. Saturday, the Lake Wales Police Department said.
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Tinted windows have become a problem for law enforcement. They make it difficult or impossible for an officer to know who's behind the window or what they're doing. I know the argument, it's the same thing with a van, but most vans at least have a window in the drive's door.
Tinted windows are pretty much a necessity here in Florida. They really help reduce the heat load with which the car's ECS must deal, especially in the Summer. But there are ways to tint the windows to avoid the sun but still let drivers see who's inside and what they're doing.
Personally I have a problem with those that are tinted to the extent that you can't see the driver. Tampa has a lot of traffic and some very outdated roads and intersections. I depend on seeing the driver of other vehicles to help me decide if the way is safe, or to let them know I will wait while they pull into traffic. That's not possible when their windows are tinted to the point of totally blocking a view of the driver.
For me it's just a pet peeve, for a police officer it could be the difference between life and death.
Didn't have to. Just from the excerpt I could tell it wasn't the Amish.
And I'm not racist or bigoted either, just a realist.
Ask and ye shall receive, you racist bigot.... :-] (odd request for a Monday morning.)
Heh, now I’m picturing horse-drawn buggies with dark tinted windows.
I guess we should all be required to live in glass houses (non-tinted, of course) so the police know who is in our house, and what we are doing there. For their safety, of course.
Hmm? Maybe my screen is tinted?
With the Amish, the dark tinted windows on the buggies don't bother me. It's those darn Amish kids on their tricked-out buggies blaring those hymns through their high-powered Victrolas at all hours of the day that bother me!
antiunion person, you should get some help for that stuttering problem.
Where were you a cop and for how long?
Lake Wales is a poor crummy little whislte stop a little east of Tampa and Brandon on route 60.
Lots of despair and unemployment.
Poor blacks, farm workers and not a lot of hope, just like a lot of towns out there.
Only thing worth a crap there is Bok Tower.
I was once told that it was illegal to coat windows to prevent people from being able to see the inside of the vehicle. Maybe its just here in Michigan.........
I would have bet a paycheck this happened in a quiet, mostly white residential neighborhood. Am I shocked!
Yeah...I get so tired of the “I’m not a racist, but”....and then someone simply makes a factual observation i.e. the perps are all black. Relax folks...being called a racist won’t send you to hell. Making simply observations about race will not banish you to the netherworld. You would never hear a black person say “I’m not racist, but the guy who raped my wife and stole my car was white.” LMAO
They have to be Amish. You can tell by the dudes underwear.
Don't forget the oversized chrome spoked wheels and a "dew rag bandana" on the horse.........And the Amish driver wearing those "butt crack" work jeans with suspenders.....
Respect works both ways. One has to give it to receive it.
Looks like the break-out has begun.