A police officer in Rohnert Park, California, recently pulled a gun on a man who was filming the cop in front of his home (video below).
Don McComas, who filmed the incident with his cell phone, wrote on Facebook on July 29 that he was hooking up his boat when a police car drove by slowly and stopped to face him.
In the video, the cop appears to be filming McComas at the same time the homeowner is filming the officer.
The cop gets out of his car, approaches McComas and orders him to take his hand out of his pocket.
McComas refuses verbally, and the officer pulls out his gun, reports The Press Democrat.
McComas tells the officer to go away and not do anything to him, but the officer insists that McComas may have a weapon in his pocket, which McComas denies.
The Los Angeles Times notes that the officer tells McComas that he was taking a picture of him (McComas) because McComas was photographing him, which is legal.
While holding the gun, the officer asks McComas, "Are you some kind of a constitutionalist, crazy guy or something?"
McComas informs the officer that he is filming to protect himself and reminds the cop that he is holding a gun.
Rohnert Mayor Amy Ahanotu and City Manager Darrin Jenkins posted a message on the City of Rohnert Park Police & Fire Facebook page on Tuesday:
We’ve been made aware of this matter and we are taking it seriously. We understand the concerns that have been raised by our community and others and we want the public to know that your trust in law enforcement in our City is a top priority.
As a result, we will conduct an internal review to verify that appropriate protocols were followed. We will also review our protocols because we want to make sure we are using the best practices for the highest level of safety for both our officers and the community.