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The Moment A Cop Pulls His Gun Out For No Reason During A Traffic Stop!

A detective in Washington State is facing disciplinary actions after being caught on film pulling his gun out for no reason.

Updated August 23, 2018

Motorcyclist Alex Randall was given an unnecessary scare when a cop pulled out his gun and kept it fixed on the rider for no reason during a routine traffic stop. Fortunately for Randall, the whole situation was caught on camera. This event took place up in King County, Washington State – and apparently, Randall was being pulled over after being caught speeding, but the rider insists that the accusation was a complete fabrication.

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It’s believed that the plain-clothes detective may have been a little heavy handed and using a little too much force when dealing with the minor traffic misdemeanor, whether Mr. Randall was guilty or innocent. If you watch the video below, you can see that the (so far) unnamed detective is being a little over the top. The footage begins with Alex slowing at the traffic lights, and the plain clothes detective approaching him.

Cop Pulls Gun On Biker During A Traffic Stop: The Video

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The most bizarre thing about the situation is that the officer has his gun drawn instantly, and points it at the rider. At no point does it look like the officer or any other member of the public is in danger, which makes the whole act pointless. Their conversation went like this:

“What are you doing to me?” Randall asks the police officer.

“What do you mean what am I doing?” the officer replied. “You’re f***ing driving reckless. Give me your driver’s license or I’m going to knock you off this bike.” 

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After asking if he could remove his helmet and turn his bike off, Mr. Randall insisted he was unarmed before being frisked by the officer. Despite having the gun trained on him, the motorcyclist kept relatively calm and polite through the whole encounter, explaining to the officer: “I’m sorry. You have a gun drawn on me, so I’m a little panicked.”

To which the officer replied: “You’re right, because I’m the police. That’s right. When you’re driving and you’re going to place people at risk at 100 miles an hour plus on the God dang roadway.” Randall insists that the officers claims are exaggerated, but since it’s all on film, the truth will come out. Either way, pulling out a gun for no reason seems like excessive force – and the King County Sheriff, John Urquhart seems to agree. The officer in question has been put on administrative leave, and an investigation is underway.

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Here’s what the sheriff told local news: “With the caveat that I have not yet heard the other side of the story, I was deeply disturbed with the conduct and tactics that were recorded,” he said. “I have ordered the detective be placed on administrative leave as of Tuesday morning pending a full investigation of the facts.”

He continued, explaining: “In every encounter I expect my deputies to treat others with respect. Our manual requires that firearms not be drawn and pointed unless the deputy believes their use may be required. Generally that means the deputy believes the safety of him or herself is in jeopardy, or a member of the public. Drawing your weapon on someone when investigating a misdemeanor traffic offense is not routine.

“All of these issues will be covered in a full investigation. In the meantime, the detective involved will not be working with the public.”


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