Citizen Stops Cop in Unmarked Car, Demands to See Deputy's ID (Video)


Gavin Seim, an activist and one-time congressional candidate, recently flagged down a Grant County, Wash., deputy who was driving an unmarked car to make sure it was "legal."

“You seem to be doing something that is clearly in violation of Washington state law,” Seim told the deputy while filming the stop (video below).

Seim repeatedly asked the deputy to identify himself, which Deputy Canfield did by pointing to the name on his uniform, but Seim insisted on seeing the deputy's ID during the bizarre stop, noted

Seim wrote on his website:

It’s illegal in WA under 46.08.065 for public vehicles to be unmarked, unless designated for “special undercover or confidential investigative purposes”, so I pulled the officer over.

...Whats the big deal here? Many police use the ordinary looking unmarked cars to slink around entrap , so they can write them up (read tax) for petty faults. That’s not what we pay them for and it’s not protecting.

...Unmarked vehicles are a ripe opportunity for confusion in a citizens reaction and for criminals to impersonate lawful authority to get people to stop. People have been raped and even murdered because of this, so the law is good sense. Ask yourself. Do you want your sisters and daughters being stopped on the road, not knowing if they are facing an officer or a rapist until it’s too late?

According to the Washington State website, 46.08.065 says, "It is unlawful for any public officer having charge of any vehicle owned or controlled by any county, city, town, or public body in this state other than the state of Washington and used in public business to operate the same upon the public highways of this state unless and until there shall be displayed upon such automobile or other motor vehicle in letters of contrasting color not less than one and one-quarter inches in height in a conspicuous place on the right and left sides thereof, the name of such county, city, town, or other public body, together with the name of the department or office upon the business of which the said vehicle is used."

"This section shall not apply to vehicles of a sheriff's office, local police department, or any vehicles used by local peace officers under public authority for special undercover or confidential investigative purposes."

The law doesn't say that law enforcement has to inform a citizen if they are engaged in undercover work.



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