A policeman in Washington state is out on duty. Imagine his surprise when HE is pulled over by a citizen.
The citizen, Gavin Seim, is “a constitutional activist and speaker with a message” about “liberty, government accountability and how we can get there.”
While it’s easy to dismiss Gavin for his jerk-y, smug tone, it appears he is correct that state law prohibits police from patroling in unmarked vehicles.
Publicly owned vehicles to be marked — Exceptions.
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 officer remains polite and calm, but seems unaware of the law. Do you think Seim went too far, or is he correct to pull over this police officer? Please leave us a comment and let us know what you think.