Cops Draw Gun on Former College Basketball Star in Routine Traffic Stop – Then Ask Him for Autograph
A former Duke University college basketball star says that a North Carolina police officer drew a gun on him during a routine traffic stop and then asked him for an autograph.
Former Duke guard Nolan Smith tweeted about the incident on Wednesday night, writing, “The encounter I had with the police tonight… Guns drawn, yelling, no questions asked… Smh… What’s really going on?”
“Yes I have a 4% tint… But I rolled the windows down right away… And showed them I was harmless,” he tweeted a few minutes later. “They didn’t care. Guns were out… Wow.”
“Soon as they relaxed and asked questions, they became fans,” Smith added. “Chill you not getting an autograph now, you just pulled a gun on me. Smh.”
Police said they stopped Smith because his windows were tinted. The police report says that as the two officers approached the car one drew his gun because he couldn’t see through the tinted window in the back of the car.
Smith was given a warning for a tint violation.
A police spokesperson told The Sporting News that he wasn’t sure why the gun was drawn but said the officers likely had good reason.
“It could have been a similar car whose description matched one of a bank robbery or shooting,” he said. “It could have been the actions or behaviors of the driver. Tempers flare, and if the case went to court, an officer would need to be able to justify why he did that, but that’s why police officers have body cameras and the cameras in the car.”