Scott Smith and two co-workers were returning to work downtown from lunch at Peacemaker Lobster & Crab when they were stopped at a red light at the intersection of South 12th Street and Geyer. When the light turned green, Smith says, the vehicle in front of them — an unmarked police car, as it turns out — failed to move.
“The light turned green and the car in front of me just sat there,” Smith says. “So I honked once and he started to scoot forward, then just like hit his brakes real hard. So I honked again and he started to go forward and kinda threw his arms up, but wasn’t really moving, still just blocking the way. So then I just laid on the horn for a minute as he slowly crept forward, and then right as he got through the intersection he kinda pulled into the far left lane of Tucker.”
Smith says he was not yet aware that the person in the car was a police officer. But after the car pulled over and Smith was able to pass, the officer pulled right behind him and turned on his lights.
At that point, Smith pulled out his phone and began recording, setting it on his dashboard. It is clear from the audio that the officer is upset. Read more.