Anything could’ve gone wrong in this situation. And one of those things is the fact the officer held this passenger at gunpoint for nearly 10 minutes.
CAMPBELL, CALIFORNIA — This video has racked up over 10 million views since it’s initial upload to social media.
It shows a Campbell officer engaging in a traffic stop with two individuals. The driver, of whom is white, was asked for her license and other credentials.
However, her Black passenger, was also allegedly obeying the officer’s command when things turned sour.
HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED
According to Mercury News, the officer’s pursuit began as follows.
“On July 28, the motorcycle officer was northbound on Highway 101 south of Bailey Avenue between San Jose and Morgan Hill when a vehicle reportedly passed him in the far-right lane at about 85 mph.”
Captain Gary Berg mentions that the responding officer started the traffic stop with “cordial” conversation. Things were going well until he asked for credentials.
The officer says the two spent several minutes looking for their material, and it had gotten to the point he was simply going to walk back to his patrol bike and write a ticket.
However, the officer mentioned that the passenger made a motion to grab something from underneath the seat. That’s when the officer flipped and pulled his firearm.
You can check the video for yourself below.
WARNING: The following footage contains graphic material and strong language. Viewer discretion is advised.
According to the source, after the officer’s backup arrived and they conducted their investigation, the motorcycle officer cited the two people in the vehicle.
Then, they were allowed to leave.
The source notes that the couple was told to be more respectful next time. Here’s what the Campbell police captain had to say about the incident via Facebook.
“As an agency, we can understand the response to the Facebook video, and that is why we have and will continue engaging our community. The comments on the Facebook video bring up a lot of different viewpoints about how the officer could have responded differently or used different tactics. Our officers receive a tremendous amount of training on a consistent basis and that training is what dictates our response. This is intended to protect our officers as well as those they come in contact with.”
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[Featured Photo via Facebook]