SHREVEPORT, La –
If you stop to help someone in need and stay with them until police arrive, would you expect the cops to cut you a break if you make a u-turn to get back on your way? One man thinks so after his stop by the Shreveport Police went south in a hurry.
Billy Rachal says he stopped to help a hit and run victim on the night of February 5. The registered nurse helped the woman until police arrived. Then moments later he had an ugly incident with one of the same officers.
“They treated me like I had just murdered someone,” Rachal says.
After Rachal left the scene, he made a u-turn at a light to head back in the direction he was going. Two signs indicate a u-turn is illegal there. But Rachal says he didn’t see the signs in the dark of night. What he saw next were flashing lights in his rear view mirror.
“The only thing I could think of is the officers from the wreck decided they needed a statement from me,” Rachal said.
So he got out of his truck and walked toward the officer’s car, which Rachal says angered her and another officer who arrived for backup.
“They literally are ready to take me down, screaming and hollering at me, ‘Sir get back in your car! Get back in your car!'” Rachal remembers.
“I stood there in fear is the reason I didn’t turn around and return to my vehicle immediatly.”
Rachal then described a series of orders barked by the officers:
“Lift your hands!”
“Get in your truck!”