A Rohnert Park public safety officer has come under fire as a result of his recent verbal confrontation with a local citizen. According to the Daily Mail, the officer was filmed pulling a gun on local resident, Don McComas, who was not accused of committing any type of crime. It has been reported that the intense verbal disagreement took place outside of McComas’ house.
The unnamed officer was reportedly sitting outside of McComas’ residence. However, the reason for his presence at the home is still unknown. The officer reportedly became annoyed when he noticed McComas was filming him. So, he mockingly aimed his cell phone camera in McComas’ direction.
When he stepped out of the vehicle, their verbal confrontation escalated. He immediately asked McComas to take his hands out of his pocket. When McComas refused, the officer pulled his gun. The video captures a three-minute standoff as the two men argued about the officer’s questionable actions, which apparently raised concerns for McComas, hence the footage. “I stood up and just watched him,” McComas said, according to InfoWars. “He ever so slowly pulled away, circled the court opposite my house and then just parked facing my house. After an honest couple of minutes, I pulled out my camera and pressed record.”
The officer asks McComas to remove his hands from his pocket again to ensure he doesn’t have weapons. McComas clearly states that the officer was aware he did not have a weapon but used the order to justify pulling his own gun.
Here’s the footage:
The officer told McComas he had to go inside of his home or remove his hands from his pocket. When McComas demanded to know what he had done, the officer never responded. He simply stated that McComas had taken his picture but never detailed any crime he committed. The officer argued that the stop was random, but McComas insists he drove by prior to being filmed and returned, which is why he began recording. Although McComas accused the department of previous harm caused to his family, details about those allegations are still scarce. McComas adamantly claimed he was filming to protect himself. After five minutes of filming, the officer finally leaves the home.
Once the footage was discovered by local officials, Rohnert Park Mayor Amy Ahanotu and City Manager Darrin Jenkins released statements detailing the actions that would be taken to rectify the situation. According to the LA Times, an internal investigation will be conducted to determine whether or not the public safety officer had probable cause to draw his weapon or if violated protocol.
Rohnert Park police investigating incident where officer pulled gun out on resident without apparent provocation. pic.twitter.com/SGn2SrmoAX— Vic Lee (@vicleeabc7) August 4, 2015
“We’ve been made aware of this matter, and we are taking it seriously,” they said. “We understand the concerns that have been raised by our community and others and we want the public to know that your trust in law enforcement in our city is a top priority. We’re going to look at our protocols and determine whether or not they were followed and then also look at the protocols to make sure that we’re insuring the safety of our community and our officers,” Rohnert Park City Manager Darrin Jenkins said.
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