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?

Well, the cop then said to Thacker, “Don’t worry about pulling anything out. I just want you to know that your brake lights are out.” It was certainly a surprise to Thacker, not least because she had only recently gotten her car serviced. In fact, as part of the work carried out on Thacker’s car, the lights had only just been fixed after a previous blowout.

Indeed, Thacker explained in a Facebook post, “So I’m immediately upset, because I just got them replaced, like, last month. So I explained to him how Firestone wants to charge me $600 just to run a test on the wiring of the car.” That’s a lot of money for anyone, never mind a student and volunteer worker.