First I ask you to watch this VIDEO before reading my post (it drags a little at the beginning)
VIDEO Poster’s statement;
Ryan Bultena
I was the passenger in a vehicle tonight that was stopped for no reason, when asked why we were stopped the state troopers, Sioux Falls police, and K-9 units had no reasonable response… I was only the passenger and yes I had a few drinks but I am legal to ride in a car after drinking. They would not answer my questions and said there was an open container which I was sited for that was never there. They also illegally detained me from using a public restroom after I asked if I was under arrest. One officer says he found a open container while the other officer next to him (looking nervous) says no there was no open container… They are very confused and called 7 units to this call for 2 people In 1 car. The drug unit as well as Sioux Falls pd and state troopers arrived. The end result after the whole situation was I was charged with open container even after the officer in the video says there was no open container. The point of this video is for everyone to share it and stand up and fight for your legal rights as a citizen! If we do nothing then your part of the problem not the solution.
Obviously, the person filming doesn’t start video taping until a little late in the detainment, and, as he points out in his video post, he was drinking, and from the slurring of his speech, I’m sure he is over the legal limit (I guess I would have to be drunk to if I was riding in a Monte Carlo). That being said, there are TWO things that concern me. First off, he received a citation for an open container, but there is NO evidence of an open container (only the driver telling the Trooper that he ‘had’ an open container, I’m sure to take the heat off of her). Maybe it had already been brought to the Trooper’s car, but I do know it is common practice to put an open container on top of the offender’s car so the Patrol Car can video tape it. There is also a discussion about ‘spilt beer’. As I understand it, doesn’t matter if there is spilt fluids in the car, as long as there is NO evidence of a container that spilt it. But the most troubling part is the disagreement between the Trooper and SFPO. Notice the officer standing there tells the guy that there was NO open container. So why doesn’t the officer go speak with the Trooper about the ‘lack of evidence’ and to show proof of the violation.
After sending in two PO’s, a K-9 Unit and a State Trooper one wonders if these officers were just doing a little fishing instead of serving and protecting.
If I was the guy who got the violation, I would definitely talk to a judge about it.
*This appears to have occurred at the Get N’ Go at 14th and Minnesota

3 Thoughts on “The mysterious ‘missing’ open container

  1. Poly43 on May 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm said:

    Brings a whole new meaning to the term “designated driver”. Does it really matter to SF’s finest?

  2. Drunk on May 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm said:

    Watch the video again – when drunk gets out of the car and films the car you can see the open container is sitting on top of it. It was dumped out on the floor where drunk was sitting hence the spilt beer. Like Scott said the video starts a little late in the game…but hey cops suck and Ryan should take this all the way to the supreme court because its so minor and they never should have messed with him.

  3. l3wis on May 8, 2014 at 6:58 pm said:

    Drk, thanks for catching that. I kind of figured they found ‘something’ I don’t know the guy in the video, I just found this on FB (I try not to hang out with people who wear AFFLICTION t-shirts and bedazzled white stitch jeans) but I did enjoy his rant about how many cops showed up for a $75 citation, while pan handlers roam the streets of Whittier neighborhood like zombie extras on the ‘Walking Dead’

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