Maryland cop harasses Florida man for owning a gun – how did the cop know?

This story exemplifies why nationwide databases are not a good idea. Apparently, Mr. Filippidis, a business owner with twenty employees, was driving through Maryland on his way home from visiting family in New Jersey when he began being “bird-dogged” by an unmarked patrol car. According to Filippidis’s account, after ten minutes, the cop pulled him over and asked him for his license and registration. He, his wife, and their three teenagers wondered what was going on. According to a report in the Tampa Tribune:

Ten minutes later he’s back, and he wants John out of the Expedition. Retreating to the space between the SUV and the unmarked car, the officer orders John to hook his thumbs behind his back and spread his feet. “You own a gun,” the officer says. “Where is it?”

“At home in my safe,” John answers.

“Don’t move,” says the officer.

Now he’s at the passenger’s window. “Your husband owns a gun,” he says. “Where is it?”

First Kally says, “I don’t know.” Retelling it later she says, “And that’s all I should have said.” Instead, attempting to be helpful, she added, “Maybe in the glove [box]. Maybe in the console. I’m scared of it. I don’t want to have anything to do with it. I might shoot right through my foot.”

The officer came back to John. “You’re a liar. You’re lying to me. Your family says you have it. Where is the gun? Tell me where it is and we can resolve this right now.”

Of course, John couldn’t show him what didn’t exist, but Kally’s failure to corroborate John’s account, the officer would tell them later, was the probable cause that allowed him to summon backup — three marked cars joined the lineup along the I-95 shoulder — and empty the Expedition of riders, luggage, Christmas gifts, laundry bags; to pat down Kally and Yianni; to explore the engine compartment and probe inside door panels; and to separate and isolate the Filippidises in the back seats of the patrol cars.

Ninety minutes later, or maybe it was two hours — “It felt like forever,” Kally says — no weapon found and their possessions repacked, the episode ended … with the officer writing out a warning.

This sort of harassment is unacceptable. The officer’s captain issued an apology. The NRA issued a statement regarding the incident, which can be read at World News Daily.

It seems as if police officers have access to NSA database information. What other explanation is there? It’s been reported that Maryland law enforcement engage in license plate tracking. And see my previous post about how police track license plates and store the data. It includes a disturbing photograph taken by a license plate reader of a reporter’s wife and small children exiting a car in their own driveway. All this points to the likelihood that police officers know a lot about us and they may be getting the information from a simple scan of our license plates.

Therefore, two words of caution. The first is that if the police know you’re a gun owner before pulling you over or coming to your house, let’s just say that they’re going to be pumped up and more than ready to shoot you. The second is that you should never say more than you have to and remind everyone with you to do the same. You can no longer be helpful, as Mrs. Filippidis was. When those sworn to protect and serve us view us as the enemy, then they’ll use everything they can to make a case against us and cover their own backsides.

Our privacy, rights, and safety are eroding daily. Let’s get the word out and try to wake people up before life as we’ve known it is gone forever.

2 thoughts on “Maryland cop harasses Florida man for owning a gun – how did the cop know?”

  1. I think many cops are pigs, but this event ended without any harm, other than frustration, and so I fail to see why it is even in the news.

    Perhaps, like the Nazi German Weapons Act of 1938, we should liberalize, expand, and deregulate weapons and ammo. Or perhaps like the other 34 advanced nations, which have from 80-99% fewer gun homicides per capita, we should have universal background checks and registration, just as we do for cars and nurses and hundreds of other activities. It seems to work in all the other developed nations, none of which have evolved into dictatorships or police states.


    1. Despite my many criticisms of local police, I admire and respect those who take seriously the job of protecting and serving the public. It is a thankless, dangerous job and they are true heroes.

      That being said, those who are abusing their station or have not the self-control necessary for the job should find other employment. We need to ask ourselves why they aren’t being fired. Is this not even a small sign that we are evolving into a police state?

      The violence in American society is a sign there is something wrong. However, this fact seems a good reason for allowing the rest of us to be armed. It seems less than logical to not allow people to defend themselves, particularly when the larger society is excessively violent. It’s often said, because it’s true, that if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. Why should we be sitting ducks for criminals? And why should we believe that lawless police forces will be there to protect us? What if overworked officers are on other calls? Does it not seem more logical that we should be able to defend ourselves from criminals rather than be forced to cower as we await the arrival of local police?

      As for the call for background checks and registration of firearms, that is the very thing this story warns against. Mr. Filippidis was harassed for merely owning a firearm. He didn’t even have it with him. And if he did, what business was it of the officer, a person who should probably not be in law enforcement. The whole incident makes no sense. Do we really want to go down that road? Do we really want government officials to know everything about us and thus give them more ways to harass us? Especially when their bad behavior is being encouraged? (See, for example, the Kelly Thomas case.)

      The belief that no harm was done to Mr. Filippidis and his family reveals how far we’ve fallen as a nation and how far they’ve progressed in preparing us for what’s ahead. We’re being set up to take anything they want to do to us, as our fellow citizens stand aside, thinking it’s okay. The whole idea behind this blog is to awaken people to the fact that it’s not okay. It’s not okay that government officials grope or irradiate us because we want to travel by plane. It’s not okay that the government erects highway checkpoints at which they get samples of our DNA. It’s not okay that government officials humiliated and harassed Mr. Filippidis and his family.

      A dictator is a tyrant and a tyranny is absolute power, “especially when exercised unjustly or cruelly.” Is this not what we see coming? Why the bullets, the tanks, the militarized police, the president with pen and phone, the world after 2015?

      The Nazi Weapons Act of 1938 took guns away from Jews. In part, it states:

      Jews (§5 of the First Regulations of the German Citizenship Law of 14 November 1935, Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 1333) are prohibited from acquiring, possessing, and carrying firearms and ammunition, as well as truncheons or stabbing weapons. Those now possessing weapons and ammunition are at once to turn them over to the local police authority.

      Several years later, Hitler stated:

      “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let’s not have any native militia or native police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order throughout the occupied Russian territories, and a system of military strong-points must be evolved to cover the entire occupied country.”…Adolf Hitler, dinner talk April 11, 1942


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