A California police officer is being investigated for pulling his gun on a man recording him with his phone.
The video of the incident shows a Rohnert Park, California, public safety officer driving toward Don McComas and pulling over outside his home as the man is filming.
The officer seems like he jokingly begins to film McComas back before eventually getting out of his police SUV and telling the man to take his hand out of his pocket.
McComas refuses, saying “I’ve done nothing” and a tense stand-off follows.
The police officer then takes his gun out and speaks in his radio as McComas is heard saying “Put your gun down, really.”
Still filming and telling the officer he has done nothing wrong, McComas backs away as the officer waves his gun toward him. He asks the officer why he got out of his SUV, to which he replied:
You taking a picture of me. I am taking a picture of you.
1. Tensions mounted as the armed officer walked towards McComas who refused to stop filming the encounter.
2. The officer can be seen pulling his gun from his holster after stopping for no apparent reason.
The officer then asks McComas:
Why are you doing this?
McComas’ reply is:
Why are you sitting here with your gun on me? This is why I am doing this. To protect myself from you.
McComas was not arrested, but told the officer that he would post the video on YouTube, to which the cop replied that he “didn’t really care”.
3. Police are now carrying out an internal investigation on whether the officer in question followed the proper protocols.
4. The Rohnert Park Public Safety officer is filmed pulling a gun on Don McComas who was filming him on his phone.
The video was shared and has been viewed more than 200,000 times.
Meanwhile, Rohnert Park mayor Amy Ahanotu and city manager Darrin Jenkins has said that an internal review will be conducted to determine whether the officer followed proper protocols, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Read more: The Los Angeles Times.
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