This is just another example of blatant abuse of power from respected law enforcement authorities.
A deputy in San Bernardino County, California, was captured on video threatening a man who was trying to file a police report.
Duncan Hicks, 34, who is an African American, visited the Victorville sheriff’s station for the third time to file a domestic incident report (he had also called to file a child custody report earlier). However, once there, the woman at the reception desk and the accompanying deputy refused to be cooperate with him and told him he had to leave.
Hicks went to his car but then changed his mind when he realized he did nothing wrong. Armed with his phone, he went back inside to record the staff’s refusal to help him. Things then took an ugly turn.
“This is not explaining the incident, sir,” he told the deputy who was apparently doing a sloppy job of creating the report.
“Hey, Duncan, you know what, man? I am about getting tired of you and you are about to go to jail, just so you know,” said the brazen deputy, in full view and hearing distance from the receptionist, who didn’t even blink at the threat.
“I’ll create something, you understand. You’ll go to jail, you understand that?” he added, when Hicks demanded on what charges the deputy would do that.
It’s apparent the deputy does not understand what type of behavior to display when someone visits a police station. Threatening someone with jail time because you are too lazy or unwilling to do your job properly is a sure sign of corruption.
When the deputy told Hicks to turn off his camera, he replied:
“You have a gun on your hip. I’m doing this for my protection.”
It was actually very wise of Hicks to keep his camera on. If the deputy was brazen enough to threaten jail while he was being recorded, perhaps, if the camera were off, he might have actually followed through on his threat.
“Uh-uh, you are not starting that here in my lobby,” said the woman in the reception desk, and the deputy chimed in, “recording me like that, that’s illegal.”
That’s actually a lie.
Recording videos and taking photographs of police officials carrying out their duties in plainly visible public spaces, is completely allowed, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
After viewing the video, County Sheriff John McMahon called his staffers’ behavior despicable.
“Since viewing the video, our employees’ response to the citizen is not consistent with my expectation of customer service. Additionally, the deputy’s responses are not consistent with the interpretation of the law,” McMahon said in a written statement. “As a result, we are conducting an administrative investigation into this incident, and the four other previous contacts with the citizen to ensure all previous contacts were professionally handled.”
Hicks, understandably, said he would like to see the deputy fired, but as of now, he is still on duty.
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