VIDEO: Citizen pulls over a cop driving an unmarked car, informs him he’s breaking the law

Upholding the law isn’t a job only for cops.

Upholding laws on the road isn’t a job only for cops.

In a video recently uploaded to YouTube, Gavin Seim give a bit of a surprise to a Washington State police officer – when he did an actual traffic stop on the officer to warn him that driving an unmarked police vehicle his illegal.

“Hey the reason I stopped you is I saw this car was unmarked,” Seim said addressing the officer. “Is this a registered unmarked vehicle for undercover work?”

When the officer said it was a patrol car, Seim was prepared.

“Okay, you’re not allowed to have patrol cars that are unmarked. Are you aware of that?”

In Washington State, police are allowed to use unmarked vehicles for special undercover work, but not for regular patrol duties.

Writing in his blog afterwards, Seim pointed out the dangers of having a police officer do patrols and traffic stops in an unmarked vehicle:

“In Washington we have unmarked police vehicles impersonating citizens. If you think it’s not a serious issue, try asking those that have been raped or lost loves ones because of unmarked cars.”

Watch the exchange in the video below:



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    October 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    He’s lucky he didn’t encounter a belligerant officer! Here in Florida, the cop would have arrested us and taken us to jail for interfering with law enforcement.

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    Garth Croft

    October 20, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Yeah, lucky the officer was cool about it. Seemed like a good guy who genuinely didn’t know the specifics of the law. A cop that knew they were in the wrong would have become defensive immediately.

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    October 20, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Here in Missouri, the cop would have just shot him.

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    October 20, 2014 at 9:38 am

    This guy is an attention-seeking jerk off. Unless he thought the Chief of Police, Commissioner, or governing body was in that vehicle, even the densest among us would understand that the patrol officer doesn’t decide vehicle use policy…so, why approach him?

    If he really were concerned, he would’ve taken his complaint to the people that make the policy.

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    Gregory Mead

    October 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    CrabbyJ, it doesn’t matter that he doesn’t set policy. It’s ILLEGAL for him to break the law, even if the CoP sets that as policy.
    Having said that, the guy filming this SHOULD also take his complaint to others. But since they’re setting the policy and officers are implementing it, I bet it wouldn’t change until something like this is done to publicize it.

    One more thing – I wonder what would have happened if the guy filming had been black.

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    Michelle Rhoades

    October 20, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    For which he would need proof which this video is.

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    marc fried

    October 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm


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    Larry Brautigam

    October 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    If it’s the law, it’s the law. Why are you such a suckass to authority that you think cops are above the law?

    Wait till thry shoot your dog in your yard, or you in a botched raid. Then listen to you moan. The rule in our country, thoufh seldom adhered to, is that diminution of anyone’s rights is diminution of all of our rights. And that is the exact result of cops getting a pass.

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    Robert Gla

    October 21, 2014 at 4:43 am

    he should have told him just to go to see his captain

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    April 9, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    If you all fully understand what the man is saying you would realize the way the law is worded that it IS the officers responsibility to know the laws concerning the vehicle he is operating. As it is our responsibility to know the laws concerning any vehicle we, as citizens, are operating.

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