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2015-08-06 23:02:36.013628+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

I've a feeling that the guy holding the camera here likely has a history with the Rohnert Park police, but I also think that brandishing the gun is a little frightening. Video captures Rohnert Park police officer pulling gun.

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#Comment Re: Brandishing made: 2015-10-29 15:25:03.389689+00 by: Dan Lyke

Statement by City of Rohnert Park Regarding Conclusion of Investigation Into July 29, 2015 Incident:

Initial Contact and Drawing of Weapon: After a thorough review of available information, the investigator made the following findings regarding the Officer’s decisions to stop the resident and to un- holster his gun:

- The Officer reasonably exercised his right to stop and have contact with the resident, and did so for legitimate reasons and not for the purpose of harassing or mistreating the resident.

- It was reasonable for the Officer to un-holster his duty weapon at the point he did during the encounter with the resident.

#Comment Re: Brandishing made: 2015-10-29 21:44:34.090851+00 by: meuon

Having had police point guns at me... in each of those cases I did everything possible to signify compliance.

#Comment Re: Brandishing made: 2015-10-29 22:28:52.628647+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

Rohnert Park viral-video investigation concluded: Officer exonerated, questions remain:

"After the Officer got out of his patrol car, he also noticed other unusual behavior, including the resident's agitated demeanor and his initial refusal to comply with the officer's instruction to remove his hand from his pocket, which had a bulge in it."

The video shows that Rodriguez unholsters his gun seconds after exiting the vehicle and that McComas dumps keys on the drunk of his truck almost immediately thereafter. If there's a moment in the video where McComas' agitated demeanor might be at issue, it's right there, and the behavior is anything but unusual. It appears that McComas had an opportunity to de-escalate the situation, and he instead mocked McComas while McComas was clearly freaked out — at the sight of the gun as Rodriguez begins to raise it.

And apparently McComas was never interviewed by the investigator...

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