Man says an officer pulled him over for making 'eye contact'
John Felton drove to Ohio to visit family and noticed an officer tailing him. He had a Michigan-plated car. That detail is important, we promise.
"He says he was eventually stopped and told he turned his turn signal on too late," said a WXYZ correspondent.
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In the video, you hear the officer say Felton was also pulled over because he made direct eye contact.
Felton posted the video he took of his encounter with the officer to Facebook. He wrote: "What kind of [expletive] is that? ... Fake [expletive] white collar thugs eager to meet their quota."
This is where those out-of-town plates come into play. Felton thinks he was targeted because he was in Ohio with Michigan plates. He called it "childish" in the video.
"It's just awareness that this stuff still happens in 2015," Felton told WKEF.
The story has gotten a lot of attention.
"When there's ever a perceived abuse of authority ... the thought becomes, 'Was it because it was 11 o'clock at night? Was it because he had out-of-state license plates? Was it because he was an African American male?'" an analyst said on CNN.
The city of Dayton even released a statement. It starts by saying the police department started an initiative aiming to decrease traffic fatalities. Then it says the officer pulled over Felton for not putting his turn signal on 100 feet before the turn.
The statement seems to assure that the officer was just doing his job -- but it does also mention that whole "eye contact" controversy.
"The traffic infraction was verified by the video; however, making direct eye contact with an officer is not a basis for a traffic stop," the statement said.
Felton and the officer have agreed to meet up to talk about what happened.
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