Medford, MA — A Massachusetts man had a dangerous run-in with one of Medford’s finest Saturday night, which has led to that officer being placed on administrative leave.
According to the YouTube description, the man was simply lost in a different part of town and made a mistake in traffic. He was subsequently detained and threatened by Medford Police Detective Stephen Lebert.
“Driving home today I got lost and made a wrong turn. In an unfamiliar area I drove slowly but made the mistake of not seeing a poorly marked rotary. I stopped midway through it when I realized I screwed up and fortunately there were no close calls or potential accidents. Only a single oncoming car (not the medford cop/detective in the video, he was on the other side) that had fully stopped before the rotary seeing my stupid mistake. After I stopped and realized it was too late I just continued out of the way and back onto the correct road in front of me. This man starts tailgating me and puts his high beams on in his Red Chevy Silverado pick up truck. He then yells how I’m an asshole and that he is going to hurt me, and well the rest is in the video.
The date is incorrect as my dashcam apparently was set wrong. I very rarely ever need to pull videos off of it over the period of time I’ve owned it and just didn’t notice the date mistake. The time however is right”
Luckily for the driver, Mike, 24, he had a dashcam to record this madness, otherwise it would have been his word against this out of control cop. Mike told Boston.com in an interview Monday, that he recently purchased the dashboard camera after another car struck him at a red light. He was hoping to protect himself in the event of another accident.
The video starts out with Lebert threatening Mike. Thinking this psychopath man meant him harm, he backed up in an attempt to flee. However, once he realized it was a cop, he stopped, which ironically could have proven to be even more dangerous.
Lebert: “I’ll put a hole right through your f—ing head.”
Driver: “I didn’t know you were a cop.”
Lebert: “I’ll put a hole right through your head.”
Driver: “Okay, okay, okay, okay.”
Lebert: “I’m a f—ing Medford detective. And you went through that f—ing Rotary.”
Driver: “I didn’t see a sign. I didn’t see a sign –”
Still out of control, Lebert demands to see his license.
Lebert: “Give me your license.” … “Don’t worry, there will be a cruiser here in two seconds.”
Driver: “Sorry, I didn’t see that sign.”
After demanding his license, he goes on to say that he would cause him physical harm if he weren’t actually a cop.
Lebert: “You’re lucky I’m a f—ing cop. Cause I’d be beating the f—ing piss outta you right now.”
Lebert: “Gimme your license.”
Because Massachusetts is a two-party consent state, Mike had to tell the officer he was on camera, or the video would have been illegal. He attempts to tell him multiple times.
Driver: “I just wanna let you know–”
Lebert: “Gimme your license!”
Driver: “I also wanna let you know–”
Lebert: “Gimme your license!”
Driver: “Okay, I just wanna let you know I also have a dash camera.”
After he finally gets those words out, Lebert’s temper flares up even more and he begins to say how he’ll seize the man’s footage.
Lebert: “So I’ll seize that. I’m gonna seize that camera when you almost hit that car head-on when you went through the rotary the wrong way.”
Driver: “I didn’t see the rotary. Yeah I—I messed up.”
Lebert: “I’m seizing your camera. Thanks a lot.”
The scene calms down after another officer arrives and Lebert then accuses Mike of attempting to flee the scene. However, Mike explains to the other officer how he didn’t know Lebert was a cop and that he was coming at him in an aggressive manner, which is all caught on film.
When the uniformed officer tells Mike that Lebert is one of their detectives Mike replies:
“Yeah, he told me that. But, I didn’t know that, and he was super aggressive at me. He was yelling. And he jumped out of his truck, and he yells that he’s gonna blow my brains out. And so I got scared and I threw it into reverse. I’m like, ‘What the hell is going on?’ Like I don’t know this guy. He’s got tattoos, he’s got wifebeaters. Where i’m from—I grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts—it’s a rough area. When someone says they got a gun, they usually got a gun. So I’m like, ‘Oh, my god. I’ve gotta get the hell outta here.’”