|Always tell the truth!|
The ambulance driver was annoyed and did a bit of "cat and mouse" techniques, speeding up to stop the pass, slowing down to annoy the driver, not wishing to yield 'control' over the drive, but the driver finally passed him.
The ambulance driver was not happy.
The driver wondered if he would now be pulled over should the ambulance driver attempt to report him to 911.
A few miles later, he was, indeed, pulled over and the officer said he received a call from the driver saying "you passed him at 70mph" to which the driver said, "that's interesting" but refused to say more, remaining calm and polite. He let the officer do the talking.
The officer then said, "and there was a police officer in the ambulance, too."
The driver remained silent, while the officer went back to the patrol car to run the license plate and registration.
The officer returned and affirmed that he had gone 70mph and passed the ambulance to which the driver remained silent. The silence was awkward.
The officer then gave him additional information.
This is key.
He said, "I have no reason to doubt the word of a federal law enforcement officer in the ambulance that you passed him at 70."
The driver remained silent in that he was trusting in the dash cam to prove his innocence.
He did, however, notice something, intuitively, about the traffic stop:
The "police officer" became a "federal law enforcement officer" which is a change of language.
A change of language represents a change of reality.
We also note that the subject went from shorter to longer, the opposite of the expected.
The driver said he just "felt" that it was deceptive questioning why the need to add the single word "federal" (his question, but for us, we see even more words) to the equation.
When first told, there was a "police officer" in the ambulance, but when called upon to "not doubt the word" of the "police officer", he became a "federal law enforcement officer"
One word, "police" used to describe what kind of "officer" now changed to "federal law enforcement" to describe what kind of officer was alleged to have been in the ambulance.
Since at the opening of this short entry you have noticed I added, as if a "private conversation" the parenthetical view of "dash cam", how do you think this account ended?
Both police and civilian were polite and respectful.
The civilian said very little, and allowed the officer to do the talking.
This is an example of Statement Analysis as "Discourse Analysis", or the ability to analyze "on the fly" from one who was on heightened alert for words.
Put your analysis and conclusion in the comments section.
Regarding Dashcams and cell phone from videos:
Every law enforcement officer should conduct himself, or herself, knowing that it is always possible that someone is recording your every word, and every move.
These videos can be manipulated.
The manipulations can be discerned, too.
Every citizen who is pulled over should conduct himself or herself as if they are being recorded.
Video protects us all.
Broad paint brushes are not always accurate.
Speeders can endanger the public, while speed traps and quotas are for revenue, not safety.
Drivers consider this:
Statistics show injury and death to law enforcement comes in traffic.
The officer, while armed, approaches a vehicle in the "theater of the unknown" before him or her. The driver can conceal a weapon.
The driver can reach for a cell phone and in a moment's time, self defense reflex can cause tragedy.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Officers: be truthful and honest with drivers. Consider the element of fear as you, with deadly force, approach them.
Citizens: be truthful and honest with officers. Consider the element of fear that he or she may have, approaching you, not knowing your intentions or even well being. The scourge of drugs, especially in the realm of the hallucinogenic makes the scenario less predictable for them.
Put yourself in the shoes of the other, and act accordingly. The simple, eternal words of "do unto others..." solves issues...
sometimes before they arise.
Statement Analysis training for traffic officers can help them discern, quickly, the intent of the driver. Those with de-escalation skills, who rely upon brain power, are the most valuable. Those who seek to intimidate cause the most fear.
Use first impressions, drivers, to communicate to this officer that you are a respectful, law abiding citizen and pose no risk to anyone.