ROHNERT PARK (CBS SF) — A Rohnert Park policeman was captured on video pulling his gun on the man who was recording him on his cellphone in a residential neighborhood court.
The officer appears in a YouTube video approaching the man, identified in the YouTube caption as Don McComas, first in his patrol vehicle and after a couple minutes on foot after stepping out of the vehicle.
The unnamed officer is heard ordering the man to take his hand out of his pocket, and when the man refuses the officer pulls his gun out of his holster.
During the confrontation, McComas tells the officer, “Put your gun away!” and “you don’t touch me,” as he backs away from the officer.
When McComas asks what he has done wrong, the officer said “you take a picture of me, I take a picture of you.”
McComas also told the officer “you guys have done enough to my family.” When asked by the officer what was wrong, he responded, “Your station is corrupt,” to which the officer replies, “Are you some kind of a constitutionalist crazy guy, or something like that?”
On his Facebook page, McComas refers to “lies and distrust I’ve encountered from the Rohnert Park & Petaluma Police over the last 15 months is something I wouldn’t ever believe if I heard it from someone else.”
On the City of Rohnert Park Police & Fire Facebook page, a statement attributed to Mayor Amy Ahanotu and City Manager Darring Jenkins said the department would conduct an internal review of the confrontation.
Carlos E. Castañeda is Senior Editor, News & Social Media for CBS San Francisco and a San Francisco native. You can follow him on Twitter or send him an email.