"Can you’re taking the gun from him, he's eight years outdated?": Video reveals heartbreaking site visitors stops
The video shows at least one officer whose weapon is pointed at a vehicle while a driver is asked to get out. Shortly after the driver got out, a child on the passenger side can be seen getting out with his hands raised while an officer points his gun. The driver in custody can also be overheard asking officers, "Can you take the gun from him, he's 8 years old."
It's incredible that @SanDiegoPD posted a video within hours of the incident as they claim the officer didn't do anything wrong, but in most cases it takes months, if any, or a lawsuit to get a video . Police videos should ALWAYS be public. Who pays them Taxpayer! https://t.co/c3VfYJJqyq
– La Prensa San Diego (@LaPrensaSD) March 11, 2021
"I saw the policeman on the motorcycle with the siren and the lights on, but the vehicle was already run over," said the witness. “Both the driver's side window and the passenger's side window went down, and the man and boy had their hands in front of the window. As I passed the vehicle, I noticed the little boy on the passenger side with his hands in front of the window. I turned around and started recording. The officer pointed the gun at the car (and) with the other hand instructed me to keep walking. I stopped recording and called my lawyer who confirmed that I had the right to continue recording. So I started recording again. "
The incident sheds light on the ongoing problem of racial profiling and police mistreatment of black people despite calls for reform. "My son had to go to the bathroom and my business is right on the street I was stopped on," the driver explained from the video. SanDiegoVille reported. He also wanted to remain anonymous.
I was just in dad mode trying to get my child into the bathroom before he peed himself. I've been stopped by police for speeding before, but I've never been ordered to leave my car at gunpoint. My child was crying in the car and said, "Dad, I don't want to die." will they shoot us? & # 39; At that point, I just told him it would be fine and to keep calm I just wanted him to feel safe at this moment, but there was no way I could guarantee his safety. I just gave everything to God and did what I was commanded so that my son and myself could go away alive. I asked the policeman several times to lower his gun because my kid was freaking out and I didn't want him to think my son was reaching for something and he would be shot. It was aimed straight at him. "
Additionally, Body camera footage of the incident confirms that the father asked the officer several times not to aim the gun because his child was crying. The body camera footage was released by the department to provide "clarity" on what they called "misinformation," NBC News reported. While the department believes the body material shows the officer not pointing his gun at the child, viewers still believe otherwise. According to the body camera, after the child was arrested, officials tried to calm him down by explaining why guns were on display.
“You know, your father drove really, really fast. Is that how it felt to you? No? Ok, ”said the officer. “Did you hear the siren behind you for a while? Yes? Well, your dad was supposed to pull over when that siren went off, and for some reason he didn't.
"So we don't know what's going on and that's why we had to draw guns and the like, because we don't know who he is. We don't know who you are. We don't know who's in the car. That's why, mate" the officer continued. After the incident, a clinician from the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team comforted the visibly shaken and frightened child.
Despite the clear trauma that the police inflicted on this child and his father, police officers continue to claim that they failed to point the gun at the child and made the stop because the driver was unable to immediately stop for officers. As a result, they argued that the situation had become a "high risk vehicle stop". High risk stops are usually associated with drivers or passengers suspected of having committed serious crimes.
"We are being trained at the police academy to make a high-risk stop with guns drawn," said Lieutenant Shawn Takeuchi, a police spokesman. "Every officer needs to articulate facts about why they are making a high risk stop. This incident involved a vehicle that was moving very excessively and not giving in to the emergency lights and the siren … I will emphasize this point. The officer's gun was never pointed at the child. I cannot confirm the child's age. "
According to The San Diego Union-TribuneIn light of the incident, there were small protests and calls for the resignation of the officer who was holding his weapon. Councilor Monica Montgomery Steppe, chair of the city council's public safety and livable neighborhoods committee, called on police to review how officers treat children. "As we work to redefine public safety in our city, we need to normalize it to honestly acknowledge when trauma has been inflicted on our residents, which further undermines trust in our color communities," Montgomery Steppe said in a statement. "My heart is heavy today as we saw this child develop trauma during a traffic obstruction."