While driving to an interview, Chy-Niece Thacker got pulled over by a cop. And when Thacker reached for her ID, the officer stopped her. Instead, he told her to pop the trunk. Not fully understanding what was happening, Thacker reached for her phone and started taking photos. But all the while, the officer had no idea that he was being watched.
Far too often in recent months and years, encounters with police officers have gone viral for the wrong reasons. In some cases, members of the public have found themselves looking down the barrel of a cop’s gun. And in a few instances, in fact, the outcome has been a heartbreaking one.
For many, however, the best they can hope for when they’re pulled over by a cop is perhaps a stern talking-to or a ticket. So when Chy-Niece Thacker had an encounter with a police officer in 2017, she didn’t know what to expect. Nonetheless, she remained calm as the incident unfolded.
Thacker is from Richmond, Virginia. She studies psychology at the Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and has spent some of her life volunteering. Yes, the student has performed various voluntary roles at both the Tuckahoe Family YMCA and the Trinity Village Child Development Center.
So not only has Thacker been studying hard for five years, but she contributes selflessly to the local community. Indeed, it would appear that she is an upstanding citizen by anyone’s standards. There would be no obvious reason, then, why she would get pulled over by the cops.
However, that’s exactly what happened on the morning of September 1, 2017. Thacker was on her way to an interview when suddenly she saw a cop car in her rearview mirror. The officer at the wheel signaled to Thacker to pull over, and being a dutiful citizen, she was fully compliant.
Not knowing why she had been pulled over, though, Thacker instinctively reached for her license and registration. But as the cop came nearer, he made it clear that he didn’t want to see any documentation. In similar scenarios, it’s at this point that things have gone wrong for some citizens. But how would Thacker’s story play out?