Dramatic moment cop draws his gun at a black private investigator
This is an epic "how not to" video.
This "officer" walks up on a man sitting in a vehicle apparently with his gun drawn out of the holster but at his side. We cannot see the gun, but both parties agree it is drawn.
This is out of bounds. There is no known threat, the man in the vehicle apparently complied with the "officer's" instructions to roll down the windows, so why does the "officer" walk up on this man with weapon drawn? This is an escalation of a nonsense stop to deadly threat level? Why does this "officer" have a uniform, why is he allowed to carry a gun, whether as an officer, or as a citizen concealed carry? He has already broken all the rules about gun handling in zero threat situations by unholstering his weapon. Don't worry he is not done breaking the safe gun handling rules yet.
Unholstering a weapon is dangerous, and many times accidental shootings occur in holstering accidents. The weapon should only be unholstered after there is some significant indication of a high possibility/probability of a serious threat of bodily harm, or death.
This is the best "famous last words" video in existence. The rule is simple: Never touch the trigger unless you want to fire the gun. Period. Because he believes the gun unloaded, he diddles the trigger, boom. This is ALWAYS an issue. No officer should be finger on trigger until he wants to trigger the gun. Period.
In the recent Scott case up in North Carolina, Scott was smoking a marijuana cig, and had a gun which was visible to officers (likely it was out in plane sight, but we do not know the facts as yet). This is well, and sufficient to allow officers to draw weapons. This is a significant indication of high possibility/probability of serious threat of bodily harm, or death. In the case at hand, there is no such threat. Nor is there any evidence that such threat might manifest. Instead the officer is acting tough because he can. Pointing his gun at the driver makes him the tough guy. BS.
The man in the car does something foolish by reaching up and taking out his earpiece, but even so there is no reason for the "officer" to point his weapon at the individual, especially at the individuals head. This is a second serious violation of safe gun handling. The third safe gun handling failure is that the "officer" has his finger inside of the trigger guard. See the above video again, the DEA agent has the gun pointed at his own foot while he diddles the trigger (or leg, I don't know where he shot himself). Until ready to fire, the trigger finger should rest on the gun frame above the trigger guard, and on the front aspect of the trigger guard, not inside the trigger guard.
)While I count actually touching the trigger as another violation, as opposed to the trigger finger being inside the trigger guard, many consider this the same thing.)
Sidebar: In my world, fingering the trigger is always grounds for immediate termination for an officer unless there is a verifiable threat, or the situation is sufficiently fluid, and threatening to warrant this action. Fingering the trigger is tantamount to firing the weapon. In high stress situations it is very easy for the trigger finger to press on the trigger sufficiently to fire the weapon accidentally. The only way to ensure an accidental firing does not kill an innocent is to avoid both of the failures this "officer" commits. First, do not point the weapon directly at the individual, second, finger off the trigger, and outside the trigger guard until you wish to actually trigger the weapon. End Sidebar.
This "officer" does not want to trigger the weapon here, yet his is both pointing the weapon at the individual, and fingering the trigger.
The Sheriff needs to terminate this man's employment with the department.
The man in the vehicle needs to stop arguing, and simply sit still. Officers today have decided that any minor violation of verbal commands is sufficient to warrant drawing their weapon and pointing at you. It is not. But since they will kill you to make their point better not to argue, but comply.
Notice how at the end the officer turns off the recording device? Again, while the officers have some limited search capabilities, they do not have the ability to turn off this device as it is not interfering with police functions. But they do anyway. Power is an aphrodisiac, and petty men with power will use all they have. A good Sheriff will root out the power junkies once noticed, the poor ones will not.
Officers are allegedly trained to handle weapons, yet nearly without fail they handle them poorly, and routinely violate safe gun handling rules. We do not need these cowboys in policing. These agencies either need to spend more time teaching gun handling, provide more discipline for gun handling failures, or require these cowboys to ride with taser, and bean bag shotgun only. The officer in question should be terminated or placed on zero deadly force training for a year, meaning no ballistic weapons for a full year of duty.
The video is titled Amateur Deputy Pulls Gun on Private Investigator. This is a drop dead accurate title, this is an amateur "officer."
The individual in the video below does all of this correctly.
First, he only draws his weapon when he verifies a serious threat of bodily harm (the suspect is armed and has drawn his weapon). He then steps back a few steps, carefully draws his weapon, carefully assess the background behind the suspect, says something causing the suspect to turn towards him, and fires only until the threat ends. The suspect falls to the ground ending the threat. But notice how the CCW holder handles the gun. He brings the gun in close to his body, and points it towards the ground, but not directly at the suspect. It is difficult to see but his finger does not appear to be inside the trigger guard, but instead is resting on the front of the trigger guard, exactly where it should be. The CCW holder then steps on the suspects gun, and moves it away from the suspects control. The "amateur CCW holder" schools the "professional" deputy. (Note, I do not know whether or not the individual in the video below is an officer or not.)
Frankly, with CCW holders shooting innocents 1/7 as often as police officers, pray to God that any threat which happens around you is controlled by a CCW holder. If the police become involved your chances of being shot go up 700 percent. Lovely.
Thank God they are professionals, just think how bad it would be if they we cowboys like CCW holders! Oh right, innocents shot and killed would decrease . . . Never mind.