Racine, WI — James Wells was driving through town this week when he was stopped by a cop for a missing front license plate.
During the stop, Wells says the officer refused to let him get his insurance, after she asked him for his insurance. The officer then wrote him a ticket for failure to provide proof of insurance!
As the officer is writing up the various pieces of paper that will be used to extort this man, Wells grabs his cell phone and proceeds to go off.
“When she came to the car and she asked if I have a drivers license, I said yes, I have to look for it though it’s in my glove compartment. She said no, I don’t know what you’re reaching for, do not reach for it,” Wells explains the officer’s fearful tactics.
“When you ask me if I have insurance, and I reach to show you my insurance you get scared? And then you assume I don’t have any,” says Wells, describing the irrational nature of this officer.
“What am I gonna reach for”? asks Wells. “Am I gonna reach for a football? Or one of my books”?
When the officer returns to the car to give Wells his seemingly erroneous tickets, he lets her have it.
“This is the kind of cop that will shoot you! Right here. This is the kind of cop that will shoot you.” exclaims Wells.
The cop then attempts to flex her authority even more by demanding Wells submit to her a fingerprint.
“You’re not touching my finger. You had the chance to get my license, you asked me not to grab it,” said Wells.
“No, you were reaching all over for it,” says the officer.
“What do you mean, reaching all over, this is my car,” he says. “What am I going to reach for, a Bible? My books? What am I going to reach for? ”
“You are very afraid,” says Wells to the officer. “You should not be a cop. You cannot do this job. You are not good at what you do. You are very afraid.”
“I will not give you my index finger.”
After Wells stands his ground and refuses to be fingerprinted, the officer attempts to flex her authority and have Wells remove his license plate cover. Again, he successfully stands his ground.
At the end of the encounter, the officer realizes she is dealing with a mentally strong man who does not bow down to intimidation tactics, and she ends the stop.
After taking this police harassment life a true professional, Wells says that he was able to take a photo of the Police Chief’s personal vehicle, showing that it had not front plates either.