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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NFL quarterback Kordell Stewart was arrested in Alpharetta, Georgia for driving with a suspended license due to an outdated traffic ticket for tinted windows.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: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:37 pm

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

If you dont have anything to hide,you got nothing to complain about. I GUESS POOR WARRICK IS JUST LOOKING FOR SOME SYMPATHY.   

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:34 pm

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

Here's an idea. CHANGE!

What are you Obama's speech writer? "Yes we can!!"

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:31 pm

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

Dunn, I am truly sorry that happened to you. I hope the majority of the imbeciles who will comment on this will stop complaining and follow your example.

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:29 pm

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

I love how all of the sudden everyone on here knows the cops intention. 1) there are ignorant morons (of all colors) out there who treat people differently because of there skin color and unfortunately some of them make it unnoticed into law enforcement. 2) Warrick Dunn has always been a stnd up guy and to my knowldeg has never complained or played the race card. 3) DUNN DID NOT PLAY THE RACE CARD!!! 4) What the cop did was messed up regardless of his intention.

Please, stop playing the race card, please stop stereotyping people who drive certain cars and please stop spreading conspiracy theories against police officers. The reality is that the police profession is a difficult one and if he had pulled over someone who did have drugs and guns in the cra it would have not made the news. By the way the last scenario is often what happens. Its not as if cops continue to waiste their time pulling people over because no one ever has anything on them. It works thats why they do it.  

Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:19 pm

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

heres a better idea , why dont we put some navy seals and force marine recon troops in these so called troubled areas tell them to kick down the doors and shoot anyone who is doing something illegal , be it drugs guns , what ever shoot em all save the tax payers millions in trials and welfare checks , oh wait because people have rights so if you say let the cops do their job yeah i agree but they need to stay within the laws themself you give the cops free run and they will be the biggest organized crime there is 

Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2011 2:51 pm

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

Uh, I know tons of white people who have been stopped for too-dark tints, and whose cars the police have searched (or asked to search and been denied) for the reason that the area has had a good deal of drug traffic.  Here is a hint - cops pull whoever they can, and almost always ask to search the car.  They almost always say "we have had numerous reports of drug and/or gun trafficing in this area," etc, etc.  Just because no cop noticed Dunn's tints before does not mean the cop who pulled him was racist.

There are plenty of real racial inequalities in this country, and especially in the criminal justice system, that deserve attention.  But this one, isolated, benign incident, that looks to be no more than a bruised ego and minor inconvenience, ain't one of them.

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:39 pm

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

Thank you!

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:37 pm

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

Anybody ever look at the Uniform Crime Statistics???  Numbers don't lie.  Warrick Dunn solid.

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 12:07 pm

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

Some idiot fool said on this blog to "Let it go."  WHEN IS IT TIME to have respect for our black race?  I was stopped and they said I fit a profile of a peeping Tom they were looking for.  They first said they stopped me because I was swerving which was NOT the case at all.  I was driving on a side street and they could see me as a black man.  They took my phone and called the last person I talked to who was my new girlfriend.  They se
arched my car, thoroughly. They took pictures of me and finger printed ON THE STREET.  They NEVER ASKED ME IF I WAS DRINKNG NOR GAVE ME A CITATION.  They let let me go after 40 minutes.  To top it off, I filed a complaint and the police department said they did nothing wrong.  Police get away with anything they want.  SO LET'S NOT SAY "LET IT GO" YOU IGNORANT FOOL!!!!!

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:40 am

Warrick Dunn stopped by police for tinted windows

You sound like a biggoted duck! I just call them like I see them. 

The point that should be taken from this article is that a law enforcement officer searched a vehicle with no more rational than the driver"looked like someone who would run drugs or guns."  Somehow you felt the need to rant about your dislike of the dress of some people. I got the impression that you were okay with the search without even knowing what Dunn was wearing. One reason police can behave badly is because they know that people like you will defend them no matter what. 

Here's an idea. CHANGE!
The police were probably responding to reports of drug dealers in the area. So they probably set up traps to pull over suspicious vehicles all day or week or whatever.  Here's another news flash, the cops didn't make dunn do anything.  When you get searched, they always ask unless they have a warrant, or probable cause.  Dunn displayed nothing suspicious, so the officer probably said something like "do you mind if we take a look around your vehicle?"  Dunn, having nothing to hide, allowed the search.  Had he declined, the officers probably could have held him until they obtained a warrant, but they didn't need to because Dunn wasn't hiding anything or breaking the law.  It had nothing to do with his skin color, they were profiling vehicles, they pulled him over because they couldn't see into the car!  

Furthermore, what is the problem if the police have enough complaints in a particular area of drug or gang activity to conduct random searches of suspicious vehicles? Let the police do their jobs, which is getting the scumbags they are looking for off the streets, Dunn did nothing wrong, and he had nothing but a minor inconvienence.  Here's an idea.  LET IT GO.

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