Q. Why do cops tap a tail light as they approach a pulled over vehicle?

A. Despite what a viral video claims, police officers tap a tail light as they approach a pulled over vehicle...to leave a fingerprint.

Concrete evidence that the cop had an interaction with said vehicle and driver should a bad hombre cause a bad situation.

There was/is a second reason -- it provides a shock to the occupants who may be trying to hide contraband, perhaps causing them to stop.

As we moved forward with the advance of dashcam and bodycams, some stations have advised officers not to tap the light. Why? It also acts like SONAR - letting said bad hombre know where the cop was...for targeting purposes.

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