Video shows a police officer in Dayton, Ohio told John Felton that the reason he pulled him over was because he had made direct eye contact with the officer. After Felton was given a warning for not using his traffic signal he asked the officer why he was pulled over. That is when the officer told him, “Because you made direct eye contact with me and held onto it when I was passing you.”
The video of the traffic stop was posted in Facebook by Felton.
Dayton Police have not commented to CNN but posted on their Twitter account that they are aware and reviewing the video.
The city of Dayton stated that making direct eye contact is not a basis for a traffic stop.
Felton, black man, was driving what he called a nice car with Michigan license plate. he claims that the officer followed him for over 2 miles before he ultimately stopped. The stop happened at 11 p.m. Felton feels that he was target by the officer.
I find it hard to believe the officer could see a driver making direct eye contact with a passing driver at 11 at night. In addition to the speed and the fact that it was dark I think does not credit the officers statement.
If Felton did not video this I think that this story would never be told. It is an another reason why you should always have a camera ready.