Zachary Noel and his friend Steven were driving into Salina, KS for a tattoo convention when they came upon a red light in a construction zone approximately 10:30 at night, so they stop.
The passenger in the vehicle, Steven, tells the Free Thought Project that they saw a “cop hanging out in the construction zone with a reflective vest on.. and a police van parked in the construction area.”
According to Steven, this was some type of “checkpoint,” which was more like a cop just hanging around in a construction zone harassing motorists.
The officer in the reflective vest walks over to the vehicle and sticks his head in the passenger side window, where Steven was sitting.
He tells them that the tint on the back window is awfully dark; to which they respond with complete indifference as this was not illegal.
He then points out that the driver, Noel, does not have on his seat belt. The light turns green and they tell the officer “okay thanks,” and drive off.
Before they make it another city block, they are greeted by 2 motorcycle cops, which is when Steven turns on the video and starts filming.
According to the paperwork the arresting officer is Salina PD officer Cranmer.
Captain Mike Sweeney of the Salina PD issued a statement to the Salina Post, stating that Noel refused to get out of the vehicle.