GRANT COUNTY, Washington – A citizen who calls himself a “Liberty Speaker” noticed an unmarked police car and flagged down the officer for allegedly breaking the law. The video he recorded of the interaction has gone viral.
According to Gav Siem, the interaction was very off the cuff as he only had a minute to flag down the officer.
He posted the video to YouTube earlier in October and it shows him stopping a rather patient Grant County sheriff’s deputy. Siem addresses the officer in a very similar tone to the way an officer would speak to a citizen.
Siem claims law enforcement vehicles must be marked unless they are designated for “special undercover or confidential investigative purposes.”
“Hey, the reason I stopped you today is I saw this car was unmarked,” Seim says upon stopping the deputy. “Is this a registered unmarked vehicle for undercover work?”
The deputy tells Seim the car is for patrol work, and Seim tells him that according to the Revised Code of Washington, the deputy is breaking the law, and Seim demands to see the deputy’s ID, registration, and proof of insurance.
The officer complied after a couple of minutes.
“I’m not going to write you up today,” Seim, an ordinary citizen, says. “What I am going to encourage you to do is take this car back… you are in open violation of Washington State RCW.”
Q13 FOX News in Seattle spoke with Grant County Sheriff’s Office and learned the car was a brand new patrol car, and was awaiting custom sized decals. Markings have since been placed on the patrol car.
“We commend deputy Camfield for his tact and diplomacy,” said Kyle Foreman, the sheriff’s department’s spokesperson, to Q13. “It was simply a brand new car awaiting a decal.”