Rohnert Park Police Officer Who Pulled Gun Out on Man Placed on Paid Administrative Leave

A Northern California police officer who was caught on video drawing his gun on a man who was not accused of a crime has been placed on temporary paid administrative leave, Rohnert Park city officials said Thursday.
“The city truly believes in community-oriented policing and deeply values the relationship between law enforcement and our community. The incident portrayed on the video is not a typical interaction between our public safety officers and the public,” Assistant City Manager Don Schwartz said in a statement.

In a Facebook post dated July 29, Rohnert Park resident Don McComas said he was in his driveway securing his boat to the back of his SUV when a police officer drove slowly past his house, stopped, then circled around and returned.
At that point, McComas pulled out his cellphone and began recording.

n the video, the unidentified officer’s vehicle is seen driving towards McComas before stopping in front of his house. The officer then sits inside his SUV for nearly two minutes, and at one point, appears to be taking a picture of McComas with his own camera.
As McComas approaches the patrol car to record the license place number, the officer exits the vehicle and tells him to take his hands out of his pockets.

“No, sir. I’ve done nothing. I’ve done absolutely nothing. No,” McComas responds.

That is when the police officer unholsters his firearm and points it at McComas, who asks him to “put the gun down.” The video shows McComas backing away while repeatedly saying “do not touch me” and asserting he did nothing wrong and did not have a weapon.

Rohnert Park Launches Investigation After Video Shows Officer Pull Gun Out on Man

[BAY] Rohnert Park Launches Investigation After Video Shows Officer Pull Gun Out on Man

An incident caught on video that shows a Rohnert Park cop pulling his gun on a man who apparently did not commit a crime is under investigation, officials said. Cheryl Hurd reports. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015)

Schwartz said the city is bringing in an independent outside investigator to conduct a full review of the incident.

“In evaluating any complaint against an officer we need to be sure proper procedures are followed and the investigator will assist us in this regard,” Schwartz said.


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