Update On The Mr. Filippidis, Maryland Concealed Carry Driver Incident…

Hal 9000Following our public records request (actually, on the same day) the Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MDTA) posted the following statement on their FaceBook Page:

In response to a recent complaint about the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police and a Jan. 12, 2014, Tampa Tribune article, a preliminary review indicates that all proper protocols were followed throughout the Dec. 30, 2013, 55-minute traffic stop on I-95, which was initiated for a speeding violation. The MDTA takes these allegations seriously and will continue to investigate this personnel matter. (link)

As we wait for the records of the incident it’s interesting to note the position of the MTA.

If “proper protocols were followed” then why did the MDTA Chief and Internal Affairs apologize to Mr. Filippidis?    Also, if “proper protocols were followed” then why then is this a “personnel matter“?

Apply logic between the parseltongue and you can come away with a possibility the MDTA wants attention on the officer rather than on the actual capability which allowed the officer to make his assumptions.

Their initial response reeks of similarity to James Clapper’s initial response when he was asked by congress if the NSA was collecting information on U.S. citizens.    Our curiosity is really peaked now because Occam’s razor would infer the MDTA wants to present this as a “personnel matter” for how an officer responded.   That’s not the real issue.

The bigger issue is what technology existed, which is used by MDTA, and spurred the officer to know Mr. Filippidis was a CCW holder.   THAT is the bigger interest.

It’s not what the officer DID with the information, it’s why the officer HAD the information to begin with.  In addition, did the fact the incident happened at one of the Federal Homeland Security sensitive site areas, the Fort McHenry Tunnel, have any bearing on the technology capability used by the state authority encountered.  

John Filippidis, showing the pistol he sometimes carries in his pocket, recounted a story of being stopped by a Maryland police officer recently.Last week we spotlighted a story (HERE and HERE) about a Florida family driving through Maryland and mysteriously being targeted for a police stop. They were questioned about owning a gun, detained, searched, their car contents emptied – searched, and after approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours of detention during the search they were released.

Obviously for the driver, John Filippidis, and his family, this was alarming. What would prompt the Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MDTA) to randomly select their vehicle?

Because the first question to Mr. Filippidis was about his gun ownership, and the police search for the gun was based on his gun ownership, the Florida CCW permit that Filippidis holds was identified as the most likely impetus for the stop, questioning and search. [His firearm was locked in a safe in his Florida home]

This strikes us as highly alarming – so we contacted MDTA and we immediately filed public records requests to research what took place.

However, our interest has also spurred numerous contacts, tips and directions to help understand what’s going on. We now know where else to look to find out what exactly is going on. Mr. Filippidis’ experience could merely be the tip of the iceberg.

What is written below possibly explains how the family was targeted; why the family was targeted; and what intentions were behind the MDTA police engagement.

Maryland State has invested heavily in Homeland Security technical capabilities, and they have structured their law enforcement community to engage in very specific activity surrounding their investment.

Maryland State has a network of technical security databases which access the databases of all other states who comply and coordinate with them. For states who do not willfully comply, or those who are not set up to align technically, Maryland mines data from various LEO systems.

Maryland has a rather innocuous sounding name for the intelligence hub which contains this data, it’s called Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center.

The intelligence analysis hub has access to, and contains, Florida’s CCW list (among other identification systems) and mines the state’s database systems for vehicle plate numbers of the holders. These license plate numbers are then stored in a cross referencing database within the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center.

The database is directly connected to another Maryland technological system.  ALPR (Automatic License Plate Reader) system is a tracking system synergized with the MCAC Hub.

All license plates travelling through ALPR assignments are recorded.   The system is set up to allow flags to automatically notify local LEO.   Every time one of the flagged license plates are detected by the ALPR an alert is generated.

As a consequence Mr. Filippidis license plate was recorded at the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 as he noted within the article.   The Maryland Authority Police pursuit car was probably positioned a couple miles from the ALPR camera. The camera(s) are located at the tunnel itself.

“More than 320 ALPRs are in use across Maryland. Information about every scanned license plate–even non-criminal–is stored at the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center.” (link)

[…] These days cameras are everywhere, but some do more than watch–they automatically run criminal records.

[…] Specially assigned police officers have LPRs mounted on their cars. Said Det. Brian Ralph, Baltimore Police. Ralph can scan up to 3,000 tag numbers a shift, searching for stolen vehicles and violent criminals. (link)

If a flag was established within the network, and Mr. Filippidis was such a flag, once the pursuit car was alerted by the ALPR system a simple pursuit would begin.

As the Tampa Tribune indicated in the article, the patrol car came abreast of Filippidi; this would allow the MTAP officer to visually confirm the driver ID from the high resolution photo from Filippidis driver’s license which was automatically on the officers on board computer screen.

POSSIBLE SCENARIO:  Mr. Filippidis was identified by the MCAC database, his license plate cross referenced to his Florida CCW permit, an alert transmitted to the patrolling Maryland officer, and the rest is outlined in the article.

[…] Finally the patrol car’s emergency lights come on, and it’s almost a relief. Whatever was going on, they’d be able to get it over with now. The officer — from the Transportation Authority Police, as it turns out, Maryland’s version of the New York-New Jersey Port Authority — strolls up, does the license and registration bit, and returns to his car.

[…] 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?” (link)

See how it works?

*Note – thanks to the multiple sources who contributed to our understanding. In addition to the prior public records requests – we will also be seeking: internal memos, directives, or other printed matter related to out of state CCW holders traveling through ALPR system installations.

It should also be noted that a few MDTA officers on social media forums have stated the CCW information requires a call to dispatch who would process through NCIC and confirm (some dispatchers do this automatically and notify the officer).  However, this process as described is separate from utilization of the data contained within the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center which is linked to the auto-plate readers.   

Additional reference link

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63 Responses to Update On The Mr. Filippidis, Maryland Concealed Carry Driver Incident…

  1. Greenmirror says:

    I can’t wait for the dash cam broadcast on Youtube!


  2. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    Gun Registration and/or a Carry Permit is linked with a Driver’s License, and quite possibly, with an Owner’s Registration (plate). Follow the breadcrumbs and you’ll see that such harassment is designed to discourage firearm ownership, while the official reason is…”it’s for the safety of law enforcement personnel who may encounter a gun in a vehicle.”

    A hour or two of listening to your local police radio communication (on a scanner) will likely reveal the caution statement from Dispatch, “There are firearms on the premises.”


    • harrydweeks says:

      I live in AZ. and we have both CCP and open carry. When you are approached by an officer at a traffic stop, the first question you are asked is if you are carrying or if you have a gun in the vehicle. If AZ. police don’t know, my question is how and why would MD. police have this information?


      • Cindy r says:

        TX has CHL as well. If you are stopped,your asked if you have a weapon on or about you,not all who get a CHL,chose to carry all the time so your gun could be at home.


      • Steve Bailet says:

        Bullshit. I have been pulled over 3 or 4 times and have never once been asked that. In fact, once I was pulled over by a Maricopa County Deputy on the 10 in Phoenix and had a holstered Springfield XD in plain view on the armrest between the seats. I say plain view:daylight, Corvette, top off. The officer never made mention of the gun. We had a brief conversation(she had seen my car earlier in the day and mentioned that) and we both went our separate ways. No mention was made of the XD.


  3. Chance says:

    Their (MDTA) response claims he was singled out for speeding, then why would the cop’s first question be, “Where is your gun?” It’s usually, “Do you know why I stopped you?” (See the Don’t talk to police video). Also, no citation was issued, yet protocol would require a ticket to be written wouldn’t it? I think Sundance has it exactly right, they’re trying to obfuscate the ‘Big Brother is watching” aspects to this story and will use whatever deceit is necessary to accomplish that. Nice to know the ‘authorities’ abide such high moral standards isn’t it? Snark


    • F.D.R. in Hell says:

      The fire light down here glares on the screen, but I recall reading elsewhere that Mr. Filippidis mused that maybe he might give up his Carry Permit to avoid such harassment in the future.

      Drip, drip, drip. “1.50A” 😦


  4. LetJusticePrevail" says:

    Thanks for the update, SD.

    This is a subject that bears close watch for the very reasons you stated. I would like to add, though, that the response posted by the MDTA mentions the traffic stop was initiated for a speeding violation, something which Mr Filippidis’ account denies. It would be interesting to see if the FOIA requests can force them to produce proof of any speeding violation such as a radar reading. Wouldn’t it be interesting if the MDTA had to retract that claim, after they had publicly posted it as an explanation for their initial stop? Why yes, it would be. Especially if screen captures of their Facebook posting were published with any such retraction.


    • F.D.R. in Hell says:

      See, this is why criminals don’t register their guns. Too much hassling. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • sundance says:

      My *spidey senses*, based on multiple experiences with public record requests, are finding a great similarity.

      The “apology” noted to Mr. Filiippidis was for what the officer did. They will duck, with extreme prejudice, how the officer arrived at his conclusion – because that’s the part they don’t want OUT. Hence the apology… move along, move along, nothing to see here… etc.

      Based on experience the time between filing a records request and the subsequent follow-up is filled with Public Information Officers sending the request up the chain of command to evaluate their “risk” and “exposure”.

      They will then try to avoid filling the request – with claims which will stretch incredulity.

      Example – (Virginia Pilot Beatings) In Virginia the local PD, then the state PD, sent a similar “sensitive risk” to the feds, who then used the DOJ to engage the Community Relations Service to file a court injunction (liberal judge) to stop the release and deny our request. They eventually filed a court order barring us from having any contact with any LEO entity, or their subsidiaries, within the commonwealth of Virginia.

      I sense the same is coming here except from DHS instead of CRS. Just watch. 😦


      • LetJusticePrevail" says:

        “Based on experience the time between filing a records request and the subsequent follow-up is filled with Public Information Officers sending the request up the chain of command to evaluate their “risk” and “exposure”.”

        The very speed with which they made their Facebook response tells me that the FOIA request set off a cascade of “Holy Crap” reactions throughout the MDTA chain of command. This was a “Nip it in the bud” response that was issued from fear of discovery. And I agree with your assessment that DHS may intervene to prevent any “leakage” and will probably argue to a judge that it is a matter of “national security” because I-95 is an approach to DC. It’s all nonsense, of course, but it will give them an excuse to avoid transparency.


  5. Partyzant says:

    There is an interesting lesson for Police in this, the guys and gals at the retail level…. in implementing the will of Moloch, you will be thrown under the bus in 5, 4, 3,….

    The heads of the dept will use this as an excuse to end your employment so they do not have to pay you a pension. You get a free ride under the bus AND get screwed.

    Just my opinion, what the heck do I know. Good luck to you all, most of you in my experience are decent and hardworking people and you do not deserve to be treated so shabbily. Just in case, you may consider whatever the equivalent of personal liability insurance or errors/omissions insurance may be. Likely the forces won’t mess with you if you carry it, they’ll throw the unsuspecting lemming who does not under the bus in your stead. Better them than you, right?


  6. Col(R) Ken says:

    When is an Esq. going to step forward to take this case? Police can make a stop with limited probable cause, terry stop, tho his wife confirmed the possible presentance of a firearm in the vehicle, these police officers stopped this guy only after the SYSTEM confirmed his CCW permit. So we have a violation of the 4,5, admendants. This lawsuit is like winning the Lotto. Yes I do know the proper procedure while traveling through Marry-Land with a firearm.
    So when are we all driving through Marry-Land?


  7. 2x4x8 says:

    yeah, this looks illegal, where is the ACLU ?



  8. Rich Branson says:

    Mr. Filippidis is going to sue them now. Good for him…


  9. Joel says:

    This also is about maximizing revenue and minimizing risk. Think about that for a bit.

    Statistically speaking, stopping a CCW driver is probably the MOST safest thing the police can do. The cop knows that the driver has a tendency to obey law enforcers. That is the minimum risk factor. Second, out-of-towners are more likely to pay the fine rather than challenge the ticket. That is the maximum revenue factor.

    The intimidation tactics are there to keep the victim…..er, perpetrator cowed.


  10. dekare says:

    Terry stop rules do NOT apply here
    In order for a terry stop to be valid, the cop must FIRST believe the suspect has either committed a crime, or about to commit a crime. What was the driver’s crime he committed or was about to commit. Then, the cop is only allowed a PAT DOWN. He cannot go into pockets unless he feels a lump or hard object that can be REASONABLY believed to be a weapon.

    The cop can also do a sweep of the IMMEDIATE AREA of the suspect. Here, the driver was removed from his car and brough to the front of the police car. Therefore, the vehicle was NOT the immediate area. Remember, a terry stop is NOT about finding weapons, it’s about officer safety during questioning of a suspect. The cop can NOT go on a witch hunt for guns based on terry stops.

    This stinks to high heaven. I have been in a discussion where it has been posed to me that law enforcement will never assist a tyrannical govt in great enough numbers to be a big danger.

    I DISAGREE. I am a retired cop, and a lawyer, and I assure you, there are enough assholes in law enforcement, that will be more than happy to violate American citizens rights and treat us like garbage and even shoot us if the higher ups set that mentality in motion. Cops who do not play along or refuse, will be drummed out with every BS Internal affairs nonsense, and will never get promoted.

    The process in hiring cops now is set up so they know exactly who they are hiring, who they can control gets a job, those “free thinkers” get passed over.

    I fear for our future. But then again, they were only following orders. RIGHT?


  11. LIndsay says:

    I posted the original link onto a very popular RV forum and described the link up of the license plate reader and the CCP database. I am a Florida resident.and a long time CCP holder. We were planning on going to Washington, DC and stay in a great campground in Maryland only 10 minutes from the DC terminal with a shuttle. I wrote the campground with a link to your story and informed them that we would not be staying at their campground again due to the new procedures and would be staying in VA instead. I indicated to them that this would affect many RVers and they may want to pass it along to their state association. I have not heard from them yet. Big Brother is watching us.


  12. ytz4mee says:

    Maryland, New Jersey and New York also continue to capture your vehicle’s real-time location from pinging your E-Z pass transponder, even when you are not on an E-Z pass expressway or bridge, allegedly to “assist” with “traffic flow management”. See, it’s to “help” us!



    • F.D.R. in Hell says:

      There’s a so-called “Nerd” down here who died from playing video games 36-hours straight. He has some advice for flying under the Tyranny Radar in 2014 and beyond.

      “Put your EZ-Pass transponder into one of those lead-lined pouches that protect rolls of film going through airport x-ray machines. Keep it off your windshield until you’re about to approach a Toll Plaza. You might consider turning off your Smartphone and dropping it into the pouch too, if you’re not interested in being triangulated.” Whatever that means.

      Damn. Life sure is complicated up there. 👿


  13. Partyzant says:

    Try that for your transponders, phones or digital crack of choice.
    http://datenform.de/ has some interesting and creative things his group is working on. You may guess which one(s) I am working on by myself with this as inspiration.


  14. czarowniczy says:

    I knew they had to have access to Florida’s CCW database somehow, just not the exact route. Forwarded the post’s link to a few retired LEA for their benefit as more than a few have a CCW along with their Federal legal permission to carry anywhere in the US. I’d mentioned before that, prior to my retirement, the various levels of government were scrambling – with Fed help and $$$ – to link as many databases as they could.
    I’m expecting the requirement for a nationally standardized driver’s license and/or ID card to be brought before Congress again. We, in the dark old days, had to have a dozen or so machines to dig into a person’s data but now it’s been streamlined with just a few more touches left to be dealt with.


  15. Rich Branson says:

    The thing is under federal law Mr. Filippidis would have been within his rights to transport his firearm in Maryland as long as it was unloaded and locked in a compartment out of his reach.

    Federal Law on Transporting Firearms:

    § 926A. Interstate Transportation of Firearms
    Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political
    subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping,
    or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he
    may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry
    such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any
    ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment
    of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the
    driver’s compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove
    compartment or console.

    Note: If you travel through MD with the firearm unloaded and secured you are covered under Federal law.
    If you stop or interrupt your trip you then come under state law.



  16. Folly dude says:

    He was speeding. He got pulled over. His pussy hurts.


  17. GHURKADIN says:

    Florida CWP are exempt from the Sunshine laws



    Someone with more time should call them up for an answer


  18. bossmanham says:

    “You own a gun. Where is it?”

    Correct answer.

    “I don’t answer questions like that, officer. Am I free to go?”


  19. Just a couple of points which may seem unrelated, but……..

    1. Yes, it seems to be a decided issue, but let’s not worry about full faith and credit…
    2. More interesting to me is how rarely, if ever, you hear about one state going to bat for one of its citizens when things go awry in another. Not necessarily talking about extradition cases, but how about here where one of Florida’s citizens seems to have been targeted and abused by Maryland?


    • CurlyDave says:

      The problem is this can escalate very quickly. Say Florida starts to give MD license plates extra scrutiny. MD the retaliates and gives every FL license plate at least one speeding ticket. You can see where this could easily get out of hand.

      Private communication would work better.


      • I’m thinking you may have reversed things a bit, in this example it is Maryland giving the extra scrutiny and Florida complaining about treating one of its citizens with no respect. In any event, my question is meant to change the paradigm, remember the name of our country, United STATES.

        Thanks for your thoughts.


  20. Kotta Mann says:

    As a retired law enforcement official in MD, I have seen the steady decline of privacy and Constitutional Rights under the current Socialist Regime of Guv Martin O’TaxMe. He wants to run for Prez in 2016 so he can take his “tax to oblivion” and “deny the 2nd Amendment” Plan nationwide. This guy is flat-out dangerous. Maryland has become a Socialist wasteland for the law-abiding and the taxpayers. He has appointed police chiefs for the state agencies and the State Police Superintendent who are leftist lackeys. NONE of these people will do anything to uphold the Constitution. The Transportation Authority PD, in particular, is one of the MOST repressive agencies in the state historically and they certainly do NOT want the light of day coming out on this Florida family’s case. Not even one MD media outlet has run a story on this outrage! We’re pressing for this story to be told nonetheless. It sickens a lot of us in and retired from law enforcement to see the current crop of Socialist Robots behind badges. This IS very dangerous.


  21. LIndsay says:

    The simple question is, “Are the tag readers connected to the FL concealed carry database?” This is a question that can only be answered with a yes or a no. They can not be partially connected. They are or they are not. Which is it. Liberals always try to confuse the issues.


  22. Joseph Brown says:

    Since they’re tracking carry permits, carry permit reciprocity needs to be nation wide.
    While this “officer” was wasting time tracking this legal gun owner several drug traffickers and fugitives could have passed him by undetected. If I’m not mistaken this tag reader system was originally developed to track stolen cars, the majority of which are driven by criminals and fugitives. As I remember there was quite a bit of concern regarding the future misuse of this very system. Those concerns are turning out to be very valid.


  23. Crock of BS says:

    He was pulled over for speeding – this is all BS story .How do LEO make gun huggers whine like a baby with a dirty diaper ? Inconvenience them with a perfectly legal traffic stop .


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  25. Soldier says:

    Did any body notice a tailgating allegation at 72 mph on one of the traffic stops? So why was the cop leading him along at an excessive speed? am I missing something?


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