A Florida officer who threαtened to shoοt a car full of people after someone began recording the incident is being defended by his police chief.
In a YouTube video recorded in 2013, two black boys are dragged from their vehicle by white cops.
One cop can be heard asking the driver and passengers where they live, then the driver asks the cop why he is being asked to present ID.
“You’re driving the car – that’s why I need your ID,” says the officer. “I need everybody’s ID.”
Another person in the vehicle announces that he is going to start recording the traffic stop, at which time the officer becomes agitated.
“Turn that phone off right now,” says the cop.
“No, I have rights. I’m not intimidated, I have right, sir. I’m recording your ass…b****, you’re on camera,” says the annoyed passenger.
Then another person asks the officer for his badge number and when he doesn’t respond, the passenger pulls out a camera and attempts to take a photo of the officer’s badge.
The cop then slaps the phone out of the man’s hand, yanks him out of the car, and throws him in the grass face down. The partner of that cop then runs toward the vehicle with his gun drawn.
The officer points his weapon at the car and says, “I’ll put a round in your a** so quick.”
Boynton Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Katz noted during a video that no one has made a formal complaint regarding the incident and said the driver was stopped because he was within a two mile perimeter set up after a home invasion. He went on to say that the actions of both officers was justified due to the behavior of those inside the vehicle.
“The persons within the vehicle were – as you can see on the video – less than cooperative and, in some cases antagonistic toward the officers,” Katz said.
He continued: “When I watch this video, I don’t see a car full of young men who are behaving in a manner consistent with fear of the police.”
Katz said by not fearing police, the young men escalated the incident.
Watch the video below: