Officials in Rohnert Park, California, are reviewing footage of a public safety officer’s confrontation with a resident after the man uploaded the incident to Youtube, the LA Times reports.
Don McComas, the resident who filmed the encounter, was attempting to hook his boat to a trailer in front of his home when he noticed the public safety officer repeatedly driving by in an SUV.
Concerned about the officer’s intentions, McComas began to record the officer in the vehicle. Eventually, the officer got out of the vehicle and began to state commands to McComas, which included, telling him to get his hands out of his pockets.
McComas replied, “No sir, I’ve done nothing. I have done absolutely nothing. No.”
The officer then removed his gun from his holster and approached McComas.
McComas responded, “Put your gun down, really?”
McComas then asked why the officer stopped, to which the officer responded, “You taking a picture of me. I am taking a picture of you.” The officer then asked if McComas was “some kind of a constitutionalist or crazy guy or something like that” and “Why are you doing this?”
McComas, replied, “Why are you sitting here with your gun on me? This is why I am doing this. To protect myself from you.”
Perhaps realizing that he had nothing on McComas, the officer left the scene but not before saying, “Go ahead, have a nice day and put it on YouTube. I don’t really care.”
Rohnert Park Mayor Amy Ahanotu and City Manager Darrin Jenkins issued a statement about the incident, saying they are currently reviewing it to determine if proper procedure was followed.
“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.”
There were no charges filed against McComas.