Darnell Dockett Tweets While Cops Pull Him Over, Demands Search Warrant
Arizona Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett is one of the most humorous athletes on twitter. All you have to do is check his inappropriate twitter bio to know what kind of goofball he is. He’s like the Howard Stern of athletes on twitter — no holding back, all subjects are fair game. That even includes confrontations with police when he’s pulled over.
Dockett was pulled over Monday afternoon and began tweeting about the incident, as we learned from Pro Football Talk. Here’s what he wrote in a series of tweets (edited to block out profanity):
“I don’t know why the police always messing w/me I’m never gonna let them search my car with out a search warrant! No matter what!
“Police sitting here waiting on back up cuz I told them YOU NOT SEARCHING MY CAR! PERIOD! & now I’m sitting here! Owell I aint got **** 2 do!”
“There R 3police cars and they are talking! I don’t see A search warrant they won’t see inside this escalade! I got all day hope they don’t!”
“Police said “do you mind if we look around in your Vehicle?” I said I sure DO! He said “I’m gonna call back up” I said u wanna use my phone?”
“I think they (POLICE) going to get a search warrant cuz they sitting here looking like fools waiting on something!”
“These COPS really think I’m stupid they playing good cop bad cop! BOY STOOOOP! I’m not falling for that! NO SIR YOU WILL NOT LOOK IN MY CAR!”
“This cop just ask me how tall R u & where R U from! I’m bout to ask him can I go across the street to POPEYS while we sitting here waiting!”
“I been sitting here for a HOUR 1cop by the driver window, 2talking at the car! And the 1by the window being friendly! Like wtf?”
“I asked the cop why he pulled me over he said I was speeding I said BULL***! But give me the ticket that’s when he asked to search my car!”
“So you gonna lie and say I’m speeding then you wanna search my car! Get the F*** ouutta here! Better go get a warrant *turns up radio*”
“OK so now I think they letting me Go cop just brought my DL’s and registration! Yeah I’m bout to be out this”
Dockett is a passionate guy who stands up for the principles in which he believes. At one time that meant defending Bobby Bowden when he was fired by Florida State, and now it means preventing police from searching his vehicle without a warrant. Looks like he won the standoff this team by outlasting them. Someone should tell Kenny Britt this is the strategy he should have used instead of leading police on a car chase.
For informational purposes, a search warrant is not needed for police to search a car if they believe the vehicle contains evidence of a crime. Because Dockett was only searched for a routine traffic stop (as he says), police requesting to search his car does not seem reasonable.