A Winfield Police officer was caught on video harassing a black man for what he claimed was vegetation found in the window seal of the man’s car
On Sunday, Rudy Samuel went on Facebook LIVE after being pulled over in Winfield, Kansas
The officer claimed a piece of vegetation on the car’s window seal was enough reason to search the vehicle
After taking the vegetation the officer pulled Samuel from his vehicle and detained him
Thanks to improvements to technology and social media, racially biased policing is an issue that has become impossible to deny. In the past, claims of racially charged harassment from police boiled down to the victim’s word versus the words of an officer of the law, which generally did not turn out well for the victim.
Now with almost everyone having a phone ready to record, and the ability to stream live to social media, there is an abundant amount of videos backing the claims of police racially biased against African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans across the country.
On Sunday, in Winfield, Kansas, Rudy Samuel went live on his Facebook page after being pulled over by a Winfield, Police officer. The video starts off with Samuel sitting in his vehicle. “Getting pulled over in Winfield, Kansas. Again,” Samuel says.
Samuel goes on to explain that the officer claimed to have pulled him over because of not using his turn signal within 100 feet. In the video, Samuel notes how long the officer is taking, despite having a valid license and insurance.
Over two minutes after Samuel begins recording, an officer approaches the vehicle and say, “Hey Mr. Samuel. What caught my attention, was this vegetation stuff right here.” The officer then pinches in the window frame to pull out the “vegetation.”
A shocked Samuel asks what the officer means by vegetation. After looking at it, Samuel is heard saying, “Man, that’s tree stuff man?” Samuel tells the officer to test it, to which the officer responds, okay. “Let me put this in a bag real quick,” the officer says as he walks back to his patrol car.
The officer comes back to Samuel’s car with a second officer and begins telling Samuel to step out of the car. When asked why he needs to step out, the officer claims he has the “vegetation from the window.” When asked about testing the vegetation, the officer replies, “I ain’t gotta test it right now.”
The officer then appears to reach through the window and pull Samuel out of the car as the camera goes dark. The cop can be heard saying he is detaining Samuel to search his vehicle due to the vegetation found on the window seal. Samuel refuses to give consent to search his vehicle, but the officer says his consent does not matter. The officer goes into Samuel’s car and ends the Facebook LIVE video.