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Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:05 am
Edited on: June 1, 2011 10:07 am
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Warrick Dunn played 12 NFL seasons and by the time he retired in 2008, he had rushed for nearly 11,000 yards and 64 touchdowns. But Dunn is probably better known for his contributions off the field, specifically the Warrick Dunn Family Foundation which, according to the website, is "dedicated to providing opportunities for economically disadvantaged single parents and children who have demonstrated a commitment to achieve financial independence and stability." Essentially, Dunn helps families become homeowners.

But last week police stopped Dunn outside Atlanta because the window tinting on his automobile was too dark. Dunn was also told that he fit the description of a criminal.

On Friday, Dunn wrote about the incident on Facebook.

"Pulled over outside Atl because he said my window tint was too dark. During the stop he asked a lot of personal questions, said I had the characteristics of people transporting drugs & guns. So he searched my car and gave me a warning for my tint. Felt violated and I've had my car since '08, nvr been pulled ovr for tint. Taken back bc I think the reasoning was bad. Ruined my day but not my spirit."

He also tweeted that, "Funny thing is you can see inside bc my tint is not dark. It was cloudy and 5-0 was 20 yards behind at an angle."

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a spokesman for the Georgia state patrol didn't have any information on the incident, and Dunn couldn't be reached for comment.

Three weeks ago, former NFL quarterback Kordell Stewart was arrested in Alpharetta, Georgia for driving with a suspended license due to an outdated traffic ticket for tinted windows.

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Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:59 pm
 

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

Yeah, 22 times not the exaggerated 60 (though either way 22=death)...

Even one shot is too many.  The man did ZERO wrong and they had no business entering his home.

and when you pull a semiautomatic assualt rifle on the police, there is a good chance you will not like the outcome.
That is not having your rights trampled, that's doing the dumbest possible thing you could do in that situation.

The police did not identify themselves, use sirens or anything else.  Neighbors have given accounts that they did not even know what was happening until shots were fired.  They busted into the home of an innocent man, in a neighborhood with a history of home invasions of people posing as officers (what the warrant was supposedly for actually), and he defended himself accordingly.  Unlike the hack "officers" that lit him up he actually took the time to identify his target and did not fire a single shot, the fact that the safety was still on proves this and the swat members lied about him firing. 

 
Don't get me wrong, I would prefer he had acted like a normal person and allowed the police to do their job without threatening them, but that didn't happen.

I'd prefer that supposed law enforcement officers didn't kick in doors and come in guns blazing in the home of innocent people.





Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

What's not mentioned is the Ofiicers statement. Maybe Dunn crossed the center line or was weaving in and out of traffic. Who knows? Dunn is the one that is insinuating profiling here.

If we had an interview or stupid "tweet" from the Officer, then maybe we would say " I would have pulled him over too."

But Dunn is obviously trying to make this a race issue.

 Typical.

gb2



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

Anyone with tinted windows can be pulled over. Everyone that considers tinted windows knows this.

If you have tinted windows and you are pulled over you are not being harassed.




Getting pulled over is not the harrassment, the search of his vehicle with no probable cause is however.  The whole "drug dealers drive cars like this" excuse is a common one for cops making up excuses.  A person's choice of vehicle is not a valid excuse to detain and search them.

There is such a thing as probable cause. It's the law. If you decide to do something to your car that will beyond any doubt get you pulled over at some point, you need to be aware of that fact, and either consent to the search, as Warrick Dunn did, or refuse and see what happens.

Car modifications are not probable cause.  Dunn and anyone else should refuse such a search as it is their constitutional right.  If a cop decides to be a prick and try to trump things up because you decide to exercise your rights is all the more reason to refuse.  It is also the reason that in this day and age of cheap tech you should keep a video recording device handy during any interactions with law enforcement, there are too many scum bag cops out there to go along with the good ones.

How about you link to it. And 60 times? If a person is shot 60 times at close range (like in a house) no amount of medical attention will help them even if given within 10 seconds, much less 1 hour. I admit i haven't heard of this story, so lack detail, but considering Swat uses shotguns, MP5s and AR15s...60 shots equals death.


60 times is what was reported initially. 


There are a lot of stories, unfortunately very few are what actually happened.

I disagree, there is plenty of video and witness accounts of law enforcement acting despicably whether people such as yourself want to keep your head in the sand or not.




Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

Funny thing is you can see inside bc my tint is not dark.


Note to Warrick...it is illegal to place tint on any of your forward windows (windshield, driver and passenger front windows) no matter how dark the tint.  If you ask any police officer, they hate pulling over vehicles with tinted windows because they can not tell who is inside the car.  By the way the traffic stop is the most dangerous thing a police officer does.  I am sure officers are much more at ease when they have a clear view of the interior and its occupants.  Come on Warrick, just remove the tint and be a good sport.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:48 pm
 

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

Geez Kal5279 did you even watch the videos available? Sirens, knocking, failure to anwser the door and then pointing an assualt rifle at what were clearly police and you try to use that as an example of trampled on rights?




Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

Kal5279,

Speaking of stories that aren't true...

Jose Guerena, 26, was a former Marine, having served two tours in Iraq. On that morning, he arrived home from working the graveyard shift at Asarco Mission Copper Mine around 6:30 a.m. Just three hours later, at about 9:30, his wife, Vanessa Guerena, 27, woke him up frightened. She told him she heard noises and saw a man at the window with a gun. Jose jumped up, told his wife and their youngest son, Joel, to hide in the closet, and grabbed his AR-15 rifle.

Yeah, 22 times not the exaggerated 60 (though either way 22=death)...and when you pull a semiautomatic assualt rifle on the police, there is a good chance you will not like the outcome.
That is not having your rights trampled, that's doing the dumbest possible thing you could do in that situation.

Don't get me wrong, I would prefer he had acted like a normal person and allowed the police to do their job without threatening them, but that didn't happen.



Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

Poor Warrick, I got stopped cuz im blackcrap. OOOOOH! Big proffesional athlete got pulled over, it happens to people every day,lets put it on face book and twitter so everyone on the planet can see what happened. What a Pussy.




Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

Kal5279,

All the people with the, "if you don't have anything to hide then don't complain" attitudes are complete morons.


Anyone with tinted windows can be pulled over. Everyone that considers tinted windows knows this.

 If you have nothing to hide then you should be livid you are being harassed.


If you have tinted windows and you are pulled over you are not being harassed.

 There is a constitutional right to freedom from unwarranted search and seizures, only an idiot would willingly waive that right.


There is such a thing as probable cause. It's the law. If you decide to do something to your car that will beyond any doubt get you pulled over at some point, you need to be aware of that fact, and either consent to the search, as Warrick Dunn did, or refuse and see what happens.

 It isn't about having nothing to hide, it is about living in what is supposed to be a free country without harrassment from government officials.


And inviting being pulled over is not harassment.

 Go look up the recent story of the former Marine in Arizona that had nothing to hide but a SWAT team kicked in his door and shot him over 60 times in front of his wife and kid, then refused him medical care for over an hour while they searched his house that had not a single thing illegal much less what was listed in the warrant.


How about you link to it. And 60 times? If a person is shot 60 times at close range (like in a house) no amount of medical attention will help them even if given within 10 seconds, much less 1 hour. I admit i haven't heard of this story, so lack detail, but considering Swat uses shotguns, MP5s and AR15s...60 shots equals death.

 It is just one story of many like it where police and government officials overstep their bounds and do harm to honest citizens, either physically or through trampling their rights as citizens and human beings.


There are a lot of stories, unfortunately very few are what actually happened.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

The officer had PC to pull Dunn's vehicle over due to the illegal tint, so stop your whining about that!! Dunn states the cop then searched the vehicle for drugs and guns...What the article doesn't say is what percent tint Dunn had on his windows, nor does it say anything about Dunn's attitude towards the cop for getting pulled over. The police have the right to know who's hiding behind the dark tint. There's a reason most states make the use of tinted windows illegal. During any traffic stop, it's an "officer safety" concern. Nobody knows what really happened at the scene besides Dunn and the cop. There are always two sides to the story!!




Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

What a bunch of me-first crybabies we have become.
Speaking for yourself again I see Lotusmaglite. The cry baby part.

No, I'm not talking about Dunn. I'm talking about all the reality-denying whiners who continue to carry the water for white supremacists without even knowing it. Do any of you know where that whole "race card" thing came from? Didn't think so.

We know one thing for sure, you don't.

"Waaah! I'm white and this thing happened to me; therefore, there is no discrimination, because it happened to meeee!!!!"

Yes, because when things happen to all people regardless of race, creed, color or sex...it isn't discrimination. You are asking for special treatment, for people to treat blacks differently...what happened to wanting to be treated equally?

As if your anecdotal, crybaby whinefest balances out widespread abuse of police powers.

Translation, I am going full bore drama queen on your butt!

There are a lot more good cops than bad, but that still leaves a lot of bad cops out there, and pretending that it happens as often to whites just because a cop hassled you once is willful ignorance and thick-skulled idiocy.

Or telling the truth...and not being a whiner...either way...

You think you're calling for rationality and moderation, but all you keep saying is, "I don't want to be inconvenienced with reality."

Or we are looking at the reality of the situation instead of making things up, and exaggerating myth and glorifying stereotypes of the past...

 Grow up.


That is advice you should consider for yourself.



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