A video of a MESA College police officer unholstering his gun and pointing it directly at a videographer is extremely confusing when trying to figure out who was right and who was wrong during the situation.
The videographer was filming with a GoPro mounted onto a handheld stabilizer. The officer asked the videographer a few times what he was filming and in another breath asked him to put the camera down because he “[doesn’t] know what that is.” The tone quickly changed when a gun came out of it’s holster.
“Don’t you unholster your weapon,” the videographer demanded while the officer kept his hand near his weapon and continued to ask the videographer to put his camera down.
After watching the video, who is at fault here?
For those that support the videographer in this situation, they say there was no clear and present danger that would justify the officer pulling out his gun and pointing it at the videographer.
In defense of the officer, police walk into a lot of potentially dangerous situations and have to be ready if things do happen to take a turn for the worst. With this in mind, officers understandably feel vulnerable on duty. This can lead to bad decisions in the heat of the moment.
We hope this investigation will come to a just ruling.
What do you think?
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