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Two steps forward, one step back! Just as soon as we think we are moving closer to equality and a color-blind society, we are hit with reports such as this one.
Jon-Christopher Sowells, who is pictured above, thought nothing of a simple test drive he decided to take a his local BMW dealership. It soon became a drive he would never forget!
The unthinkable to place in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Sowells decided it would be a good day to shop for a new BMW. After perusing the dealership he found interest in a particular model and took the necessary steps to begin a test drive. He was certainly not expecting the disturbing details of what happened next. The local police pulled him over and placed him in hand cuffs for obstruction of justice.
It all began when Sowells drove the BMW out of the Philips Motors dealership in Snellville for a test run. Being a trusted customer he was allowed to take the car for a run on his own. He was stopped by a police officer only moments after driving onto a highway. According to Sowells’s report, the officer told him that he was being stopped because he didn’t have any tags on the car. Now I might be mistaken but do dealership cars not have to the name of the dealership and all the other information printed on the window. I would assume that this was be a signal to the officer that the car was simply being tested out. But seeming how this was not that obvious to this particular officer, Sowells went on to explain the circumstances of him driving the car to the officer.
Sowells said, “No problem. I don’t have any tags on this car because it’s not my car,” He went on to explain to the officer. “The dealer is right there. We can get it all clarified.”
Apparently, when Sowells asked the officers to repeatedly call and confirm his test drive with the dealership, and they allegedly refused to take the necessary steps to clear up the confusion. Sowells said the officers asked to view a document that was laying across the vehicle’s back seat, but because he was unsure of what they were or who they belonged to, he refused.
This coincidentally didn’t sit well the two officers on the scene.
Sowells claims the officers then resorted to using ‘bully tactics’. “They asked me to get out of the car. I said ‘I don’t feel comfortable.’ They then continued to open up the car door and dragged him out of the door by his left arm.
Officers even decided to called for backup, yet they couldn’t contact the BMW dealership to clear up the situation.
The police report explains how Sowells tried pulling away from the policemen. It was not until they pulled out their tasers that Sowells co-operated and was arrested on the spot.
Sowells claims that he was angered by the arrest because “they’re treating me like I’m a criminal and I hadn’t done anything.”
The Snellville police department released a statement regarding the incident:
The officer observed a paper on the rear seat that appeared to be of the type dealers use when placing a vehicle for sale. He asked if he could retrieve it and Mr. Sowells refused. Based on his refusal to provide information and his passive and then active resistance, Mr. Sowells was charged with obstruction.
Police officials also claimed that when the dealership was contacted, no one answered the call. Sowells and the officer drove to the dealership following his arrest and here is how he described what happened. “The dealer comes out to pick the car up and at this point I’m thinking we can all go home, and everything is OK now. No, it’s not OK. I’m going to jail.”
The Georgia man, who has never been arrested, plans on fighting his case.
But Sowells definitely showed those officers why they shouldn’t stereotype when he went back and still purchased the brand new BMW!