Milford, NH — If ever you think that all traffic laws are for your safety, one thing can change that view—window tint. In the land of the free, if police feel that your window tint is too dark, they will claim the right to extort money from you. If you resist this extortion, police will claim the right to kidnap or kill you.
Unfortunately, in the land of the free, these instances happen so frequently that they are often caught on video too. The video below, however, is different as it shows cops can merely claim you have illegal window tint—even when you do not—and still extort you.
Cyrus James was on his way to the dentist last week when he was targeted for extortion by an officer identified on the citation as Ryan Rothhaus for his window tint. The only problem is that James' windows are completely tint-free. Not only is his tint not illegal—but it doesn't even exist.
As James explains, "I am disgusted and broken down to pieces knowing that I live in a town where the police are harassing, being brutally corrupt and profiling every friend and family of mine they see. I got pulled over this morning on my way to the dentist by Ryan R for having “window tint”. I have absolutely no tint to my car windows as these windows came from the BMW dealership with the car when it was new and are OEM."
During the stop, a distraught James pulled out his phone and began video recording the incident. He shows the officer as well as those watching the video the fact that he is telling the truth. There is no tint on the windows.
This truth, this hard fact, this reality—of no window tint—however, had zero bearing on the officer's extortion process and, according to James, he was given the ticket anyway.
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Sadly, according to James, this is a common occurrence in his town.
"I have heard numerous reports of this officer harassing so many others for insignificant reasons such as swearing at minors, following people to their driveways, giving tickets for not pulling over quick enough and even ripping somebody out of they’re own car because they looked 'suspicious,'" said James.
Indeed, even if James did actually have 'illegal' tint on his windows, the officer is in no way morally justified in pulling him over and demanding money. There is no victim in this situation other than the extorted driver which makes the actions of the police officer criminal—not the man with tinted windows.
Sadly, however, window tint laws exist in municipalities across the country and countless people every minute of every day are pulled over, harassed and extorted because they like less sunlight and more privacy.
"Just because you wear a badge does not make you any more powerful what so ever," wrote James in his Facebook post. "We are all the same on the inside and should be treated that way. It hurts knowing not just me or my friends but even the parents/guardians are getting harassed that I know of and many others. The profiling being done to the citizens is brutal and after growing up and living in Milford my whole life it hurts me inside seeing something like this happen to the town I love.
"The police motto in Milford is to serve and protect but recently I’ve felt like I’ve been stalked and harassed every single day. I hope this message gets across to the right people in the respectful way it should."
Indeed, we hope the video below helps to shine a light on the corrupt and often deadly practice of policing for profit and extorting citizens for window tint.