A video has emerged of a Washington state man pulling a sheriff’s deputy over and giving him a warning for illegally driving an unmarked patrol car.
“Constitutional activist” Gavin Seim, turned the tables on a police officer in a video (below) uploaded to YouTube last week, flagging the officer down for driving in an unmarked vehicle in Grant County, Washington, The Blaze reports.
“Hey the reason I stopped you is I saw this car was unmarked,” Seim asks the officer. “Is this a registered unmarked vehicle for undercover work?”
The officer, identified as Deputy Dustin Canfield, admits the car does not have any markings, but doesn’t say if that violates the law, the New York Daily News reports.
“OK, you’re not allowed to have patrol cars that are unmarked, are you aware of that?” Seim said, before citing the relevant law.
According to Washington State law:
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.
The law does exempt “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.”
Seim then proceeded to ask for the officer’s name and license. He eventually let the deputy off with only a verbal warning, but urged him to talk to the sheriff about the illegal patrol cars.
In the five-minute video, Seim explains that the reason he flagged over an officer is to “hold police and other state authorities accountable” and make sure that we don’t allow the government to “disdain the people and the law.”
In a blog post, he wrote: “In Washington we have unmarked police vehicles impersonating citizens. If you think it’s not a serious issue, try asking those that have been raped or lost loves ones because of unmarked cars.”
Video Source: Gavin Seim/YouTube