Profling and OC
The current case boiled down to Sutterfield’s word against an officers. Sutterfield testified her jacket was tucked behind her holster from the time she left home that night.
Milwaukee Police Officer Cassandra Benitez testified that when she first looked into Sutterfield’s car from the passenger side, with a flashlight, she did not notice the 9mm Glock on Sutterfield’s hip, despite being extra alert to a possible weapon after seeing an National Rifle Association cap on the backseat.
Benitez testified that her training told her that presence of NRA gear makes it more likely the person might have a gun.
When she re-approached Sutterfield’s car a few moments later, Benitez testified, and made the same inspection, she saw the gun, now exposed in front of Sutterfield’s jacket, within a couple seconds.
Benitez and her partner testified they noticed Sutterfield’s yellow Hyundai parked close to Sherman Perk at about 12:30 a.m on Nov. 11, thought it unusual, and pulled up behind her to ask some questions.
Sutterfield explained that she was using the free Wi-Fi from the shop, and had an open, powered-on computer in her lap. But she refused to identify herself. She testified Tuesday she felt she didn’t need to because she wasn’t doing anything wrong.
That made the police more suspicious, so they went back to their squad car, ran the license plate and then each walked back up to Sutterfield’s car. Once Benitez said there was a gun, tensions rose.
Officer Jeffrey Dolkiewicz testified that he then asked Sutterfield if she had a concealed carry permit. She said she didn’t need one because she was carrying openly.
I guess the word of the police not seeing it was not enough.