Meet Martin Hyde, a former professional soccer player from England who is now running for Congress for Florida’s 16th Congressional District as a Republican. He was pulled over by Sarasota Police Officer Julia Beskin for speeding and texting while driving. The British immigrant believes he has been granted all the entitlements of self-important wannabes:
- He unsurprisingly states the typical statement by someone who thinks the law doesn’t apply to him: “Do you know who I am, right?”
- He refuses to turn over his vehicle registration, saying “no” when the officer asks for him to give her the registration, and when Beskin writes up a citation for that offense, says he had it the whole time.
- He tells Beskin that he knows the Chief of Police in the town. During the stop, Hyde actually claims to have called the chief, telling Beskin that the chief knows her and he’s “gonna have you.” Hyde tells Beskin to “go call the mayor” whom he falsely believes will tell the officer to not give the offender a ticket.
- Questions whether Beskin feels empowered to boss him around because she was allegedly born in Russia: “Is it your Russian immigrant status that makes you treat people like this?” (Remember, he’s a British immigrant copping attitude.)
- He repeatedly calls the officer “rude” although she’s incredibly professional when dealing with an obvious obnoxious douche.
- And of course, he asks to talk to her supervisor.
The Heavy catalogues a number of other confrontations Hyde has had with people as he expressed his racism and sense of superiority to others.