Spread-eagle, off duty Air Force lieutenant Brian Williams was instructed to put his hands on the hood of the police cruiser.
He had been pulled over by cops after running a red light and was terrified by the overly aggressive nature of the routine stop.
Sadly, the young black man grew to realize it was the color of his skin behind the harsh treatment and the first of many such encounters to come.
Today, Dr Brian Williams, 47, is a trauma surgeon at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and is one of the physicians who treated the wounded and dying police officers shot in the sniper attacks last week.
On Monday he made a powerful and emotional speech during a press conference at Parkland which aired across America.
Welling up with tears he said: ‘This killing, it has to stop. Black men dying, it has to stop.’
Dr. Williams denounced the shooting and insisted that people of all races need to come together to ‘end all this’.
But live on air he also admitted that, as a black man in Texas, he felt conflicted.
‘I understand the anger and the frustration and distrust of law enforcement, but they are not the problem,’ he said as he wrestled with his emotions.
‘The problem is open discussions about the impact of race relations in this country.’
In an exclusive interview with Daily Mail Online Dr. Williams details the reason he feels so conflicted, and he reveals a string of bad experiences that have led to an inherent fear of law enforcement.
Dr. Williams says he has encountered the police many times during his life, mainly through routine traffic stops, and claims his experience is typical of most black men in America.
Speaking from inside the state-of-the-art Level I Trauma Center where he tended to the shooting victims last week, he told Daily Mail Online: ‘My experiences they go back decades, one after the other, they become internalized.
‘And it’s a combination of my own experiences and an oral history I receive from my friends and family members that have gone through the same thing, we don’t just make this up, this happens.
‘I remember running a red light when I was in the Air Force.
‘I was in civilian clothes and I was pulled over and the officer made me get out and I was spread-eagle and made to put my hands on the hood of the car.
‘Most other people just get to sit in their car. I definitely did wrong, but it was a minor traffic thing, it didn’t merit the response.’
On another occasion Dr. Williams was stopped by police for speeding and inexplicably he had to wait until a second officer arrived before he was given a ticket.
With each experience and regularly seeing news reports of black men killed by police, Dr. Williams said he grew to believe he too could be shot by a nervy officer.