Texas cop filmed threatening to arrest men for being afraid of Taser

An as-yet-unnamed police officer confronts several men outside of a Walmart in Houston, Texas. Screenshot via YouTube.

I watched the video below a couple of times.  My conclusion is that the police officer in question needs some serious time off along with some diversity classes and anger management classes…

The Raw Story

A video published to YouTube on Friday appears to show a police officer at a Walmart store in Houston, Texas threatening several black males with a Taser, then claiming he would arrest them, apparently because they cowered away from his weapon.

Reached by Raw Story, a Houston police spokesman said it was not one of their officers involved in the confrontation, and the man’s identity remains unknown.

“He’s an officer from a neighboring jurisdiction, but that’s not for us to say,” the spokesman insisted.

“The officer seen in this video is not a Houston Police Officer and does not work for the Houston Police Department,” another Houston information officer wrote in the video’s comments. “Officers from jurisdictions throughout the area often work extra jobs at businesses throughout the area and that is the case in this incident/video.”

In the video, the unnamed officer approaches several men who are filming outside of a Walmart, then draws his Taser after the men say that they do not have to show him their identifications. When one man reaches toward the officer, he reacts angerly and accuses him of resisting, then claims later in the video he’d already been “hurt,” although it’s not clear by whom.

The man who appeared to gesture toward the officer apparently did so out of fear that his friend might be tazed, and did quite make contact when the officer flung his arms up and knocked his hand aside.

“Don’t taze me, sir,” one man says. “Don’t taze me, sir.”

The men appear to remain calm during the confrontation, even after the officer appears to slap the camera down. “I’m sorry I scared you, but we’re not hostile people,” one of them explains. “We know our rights. We know the Constitution, sir. We know the Constitution. Do I sound illiterate?”

“You know what, I’m calling for a unit right now,” the officer replies. “We’ll see how well you know the Constitution.”

“What’s the– What’s the unit gonna do, take me to jail for knowing the Constitution?” the man answers. “For standing for my freedom?”

At the end of the video, another one of the men informs the officer that he’s a dialysis patient. “You were about to taze somebody– you don’t even know what I go through,” he says. “You might-a, coulda killed me. I’m a dialysis patient, sir! You could have tazed me and made my blood pressure go up.”

It’s not clear what happened after that, as the footage cuts off. It’s also not clear what time and date the incident occurred, but the video was published on Friday, March 30. Houston Police told Raw Story that it happened at the Walmart Super Center at 9460 West Sam Houston Parkway, but could not provide any further details.

The video’s description notes that none of the men were arrested.

This video was published to YouTube on Friday, March 30, 2012. It contains some adult language.

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One response to “Texas cop filmed threatening to arrest men for being afraid of Taser

  1. The officer pulled his Taser when the boys wouldn’t give him their ID. The officer only asked for the id, because were “videotaping me and I want to know who you are.” The law enforcement officer is unaware that the law allows citizens to tape police officers while they are on duty in every state but Illinois and Massachusetts.

    A recent federal court has found those laws a violation of the 1st Amendment.

    The officer doesn’t have the right to know who everyone he sees in. He can only stop those who he thinks have just, are, or about to commit a crime.

    Even if he had the authority to demand the boy’s identity, courts have also ruled that police are not allowed to use Taser’s simply for force compliance.

    Basically, everything this cop did was against the law. So, compared to him, yes, the boys know the Constitution.

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