VALLEJO (KPIX 5) — In a story that aired on television last weekend, KPIX 5 reported that a Vallejo Police Department officer used a racial slur while addressing a suspect during a vehicle stop.

After further review of mobile phone video of the incident, it turns out the police officer did not use any racial slur. The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into his over-all conduct during the stop. The suspect in the vehicle is in custody and has been charged with a carjacking in Napa County.

  1. Any fool could tell by looking at that video that this was not a traffic stop. It was clearly an apprehension of dangerous suspects who happened to be in a vehicle. The officers approached with guns drawn, probably barking orders and appearing as big and ruthless as possible, or even slightly deranged, in a display of overwhelming force to convince the suspects that resistance was futile. This tactic saves lives by avoiding an actual fight. A display of overwhelming force is a standard military tactic as well.

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