An Ohio man was pulled over by a Dayton police officer for making “direct eye contact” with a patrolman.
The Ohio cop initially claimed that he was pulled over for “not signaling 100 feet before making a turn.”
John Felton uploaded a video he took of the incident to Facebook and it was subsequently sent to journalist David Pakman, who played it during a segment of his show as you can see in the video below.
“Like I said, it’s a violation if you don’t turn your turn signal on,” the Dayton officer says in the video.
“You’ve been tailing me for how long? You just needed a reason to pull me over,” Felton asks the officer. “No disrespect, I don’t have nothing against police officers, but all this shit that’s going on now? That’s some scary shit. To have a police officer just tail you, and then you pull me over, ’cause you said I didn’t signal — what? Do you know how it looks?”
At this point, the Ohio cop makes a stunning admission.
The police officer was actually tailing Felton just for making eye contact – even though he knows that the man is recording the entire encounter.
“Because you made direct eye contact with me, and you held on to it while I was passing you,” the Ohio cop finally admits under prolonged questioning from the clearly terrified Felton.
“As suspicious as ‘making direct eye contact’ may be to a police officer, doing the exact opposite, that is, avoiding eye contact with a police officer, could be considered equally suspicious by an officer.” said Parkman in his report, “In other words, both making eye contact and not making eye contact with police could, conceivably, be grounds for a traffic stop, if you agree with the general principle suggested herein.”
As Pakman pointed out, avoiding eye contact with the officer could have also been taken as suspicious behavior.
There is no way of winning, when policing depends on an officers mood and whims at any given time.