Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett uses his smartphone to record traffic stops by police.

Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett uses his smartphone to record traffic stops by police.

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Some NFL players have found a way to fight back against racial profiling and what they feel is unlawful detainment by police. In some cities, players get preferential treatment from the police, while in others, they drive around with targets on their backs.

It is these players who have decided to use video to make their point. Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today reports that some players are using smartphones to deter police officers.

“I’ve actually had cops let me go after they found out that I was recording them,” Titans receiver Kenny Britt said.

Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett has a similar story about a specific incident that happened to him in 2011, when he was stopped by police in Maryland.

“I had picked up my phone and put it on video,” Dockett told Schrotenboer.  “I let it sit there and said loud and clear, ‘I don’t drink; I don’t smoke; I don’t have a weapon in my car.  You didn’t tell me why you pulled me over.  I asked if I was under arrest.  You said no.  I don’t see anything I did wrong or why I’m sitting here.  I gave you my license, my registration; everything is legit.’  He knew I was talking to the camera.”

Dockett said police wanted to search his vehicle.

“I said, ‘The only way I’m stepping out of the car is if you are going to place me under arrest, and at this point you’d be arresting me for no reason,’” Dockett said.  “He knew the video was going.  They stayed there for about 30 minutes, and I guess they had to go.  He said, ‘You can leave.’”

Now readers, we know what you’re thinking, ’cause frankly, we’re thinking the same thing. Some smart-ass, over the top officer with no gauge on his or her rage, may be compelled to misuse the event and create an excuse to arrest (or worse). But you can’t deny, this new modus operandi by athletes who feel they are police magnets may be more effective than what they’ve been working with in the past.

Check out the full story here.