A Bladensburg, Maryland, pizza delivery man posted a video (below) documenting what he said was excessive force used by police during a routine traffic stop.
In a video of the Jan. 17 incident, Christopher Jeffries, 25, can be seen interacting with a police officer who continually makes demands that he complies with. The officer eventually pulls a gun on Jeffries and demands that he get out of the car.
"Seeing that gun just on my side mirror was like a startling, frightening moment of like, ‘This could be it,’ given the atmosphere and the time that we are in," Jeffries told Fox 5 DC.
Jeffries' attorney, J. Wyndal Gordon, said that the incident, began when Jeffries was trying to look for a safe place to pull over after being signaled by an officer. He "didn't pull over fast enough for the officer," Gordon said.
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"This was completely disgraceful that this Bladensburg police officer would have his gun drawn on a routine traffic stop," Gordon added. "[Jeffries] had his driver’s license, he had is information and the information that he didn't have – write him a ticket."
Jeffries is now suing the officer for civil rights violations.
The Bladensburg Police Department subsequently released a statement clarifying their version of the incident:
On January 16, 2016, at 11:07 p.m., a uniformed Bladensburg patrol officer observed a vehicle swerve across the painted lane divider on Baltimore Avenue in Bladensburg. The operator continued to drive erratically to Annapolis Road. The driver then abruptly turned left onto Kenilworth Avenue nearly striking another motorist. The driver continued on Kenilworth Avenue for about a half mile ignoring the officer's attempt to initiate a traffic stop in a marked police vehicle.
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Given the limits of a YouTube video captured by the driver's cell phone, the driver is shown to be defiant to lawful orders to give the officer his driver's license and registration card. The driver continued his defiance by refusing to roll-down his window to communicate with the officer, thus escalating the incident.
Ordinarily, when a traffic stop is initiated the operator complies with the officer's request for their license and registration card. Maryland law requires a vehicle driver to produce their driver's license and registration card upon demand of a uniformed police officer. In this instance, the officer made numerous demands for his license and registration card.
The driver faces charges in Prince George's County.
In another police-related incident in Detroit, a police officer was recently sentenced to 13 months to 10 years in prison for beating a resident and leaving him injured and bloody.
Watch the intense incident with Jeffries below.