If you have a concealed carry permit in the state of Ohio and you are carrying a handgun, you are required by law to “promptly” inform law enforcement on their approach you have a permit and are carrying. This video – released yesterday – deserves a post and your comment.
In this instance, supporters of the driver are stating he tried to inform the officer twice, and both times he was forcefully told to “shut up.” Eventually, the driver was charged with failure to notify – a misdemeanor in Ohio – and threatened to be executed by one of the officers.
Near the 13:30 mark of the video – which as I understand it is more than 10 minutes after the driver notified the LEO he was carrying and put into cuffs – the officer states…
I’ll tell you what I should have done. As soon as I saw your gun, I shoulda taken two steps back, pulled my Glock 40, and just put 10 bullets in your ass and let you drop.
And I wouldn’t have lost any sleep. Do you understand me?
And he [other LEO on scene] would have been a nice witness as I executed you because you’re stupid.
Language warning … raw unedited audio (Jim won’t be playing this on the air). Note that eight minutes have been removed during the process to identify the passenger, and they edited out personal information that could be used to identify the passengers.
- What is the legal definition of promptly? Would you consider that law vague? Would you think it a good idea to open your window and yell … I have a concealed carry permit and am carrying a gun!
- Should the driver have been more assertive when he tried to inform the officer?
- What should happen to the officers?
We all know the ranks of every profession have their bad apples, and this video is only one example of the interaction of one or two officers, so in short … this topic is not open to generalized police bashing.
Early that Wednesday [June 8, 2011] morning, William pulled his car to the side of the road to let out two passengers, but only the female occupant managed to exit before the police pulled up and began screaming at all three parties. “Stay in that car, I’m not going to mess around,” screamed one of the officers at the two people attempting to exit the vehicle. The driver and concealed handgun licensee, William, remained seated in his vehicle when an officer entered the rear of the vehicle.
William stated, “I have a concealed carry, and…” when he was abruptly told to shut up. Dash camera video footage shows the driver turning his head, and his voice can be heard, but the words are inaudible. A few minutes passed while the officer continued to berate the two passengers. He proceeded to the driver’s side and tries to open the door but is delayed by a seat belt.
William states “I have a conceal…” and the officer demands that he better tell the truth or else! This interruption causes William to “tell the truth” and his attempt to notify is interrupted. William exited the vehicle with his driver’s license in the same hand as his concealed handgun license. He held it up for the officer to see, and the officer said, “Why are you having that?” This gave William the opportunity to say, “I have a CCW, and…” The officer then said, “Do you have a gun?” William answered yes, causing the officer to grab it from William’s waist.
At this point, William was handcuffed and put into the police cruiser. The officer then started to berate William, stating: “I should blast you in the mouth right now … I’m close to caving in your head.” and “you’re just a stupid human being!”
Update: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air also picked up this story today.