I am a resident of Hoover and recently was treated very disrespectfully by one of your patrolmen. I apologize if an email like this does not necessarily come directly to you on a normal basis, but I am not sure where else to send it.
Around 3:45pm on Friday, November 12, 2010 I was at the light at Exit 10 from Highway 459 – in the left turning lane for Hwy 150. As I am waiting at the light, I hear a siren, and since I am the first car – I politely pull over (thinking there must be an ambulance, or something to that effect.) A police officer on a motorcycle pulls through the middle and sits blocking the oncoming traffic from Hwy 150. He motions his hand to begin moving, other cars from the highway begin driving by.
I exited slowly, still unsure of what was going on – but was clearly motioned to move forward. Suddenly, another police office (an older gentleman on a motorcycle) comes flying up behind me – so I pull over to the left (near the median) and I stop. He pulls up to my passenger side door and I roll down my window – wondering what in the world is going on! He proceeds to scream at me (not speak forcefully, or even tell me what is going on) – But screams at me “You need to stop. Just stop. Stop now. “ Then adding in other foul language. Other cars are flying by, and I asked, “Sir, I am sorry I am confused, I was motioned to move forward, I stopped.” However, the officer was not listening – he was screaming the same thing over and over. I was terrified. I asked him, “Excuse me, why are you yelling at me?” Then he sped off on his motorcycle with the other officer. As I sat there on the side of Hwy 150, trying to catch my breath (I was terrified) – a woman across the way – at the exit – saw the whole thing she held up her arms as if to ask what is going on. I drove slowly home, trying to stay calm.
Here is the thing – this officer’s behavior was completely unacceptable. If I did something wrong, I would take full blame for it and understand I made a mistake. Screaming at me in a frightening tone – when clearly I was the one to let the officer over in the first place, and then drove slowly and pulled over immediately while others were flying by – it is completely unacceptable.
If this is procedure, then I am a concerned citizen. Explaining what is going on, or asking me, “Please, don’t move until….. “ would have been suffice.
I wish I could have gotten a better look at this officer’s license or even gotten his name.
I feel completely disrespected and humiliated and frightened by this officer’s behavior.
I thought I should bring it to your attention. I would not want anyone else ever having to experience a police officer, someone I was brought up to respect, to be treated that way.