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VIDEO: How Trigger Happy Cops React to Tinted Windows — In a Police State

Montrose, CA — Renowned private investigator Ken Sheppard parked his black Chevy Tahoe on a street in Montrose, California, on March 3, 2014, to conduct surveillance for a workers’ compensation fraud case, when several Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies took it upon themselves to accost and harass him — for having tinted windows.

No one in the neighborhood called to report a suspicious, out-of-place individual — or for any other reason — yet these overzealous agents of the state pulled up behind Sheppard’s vehicle under that assumption, and approached with weapons drawn.

Fortunately, Sheppard’s occupation meant his vehicle was outfitted with plenty of video recording equipment. Unfortunately, the irrational and obviously terrified officers couldn’t fathom the black man had a wholly legitimate reason to be parked in the largely white neighborhood — even though residents didn’t seem to care.

As journalist Jasmyne Cannick reports, the private investigator’s Tahoe did, indeed, have tinted rear and side windows — as would be necessary to effectively do his job — and was insured for $3 million. By all accounts, it would appear the deputies didn’t bother with even a cursory investigation of Sheppard’s plates before assuming he had no business in Montrose.

Deputy Plunkett, who eventually identifies himself, exited his patrol car with his gun drawn and walked to the driver’s side of the SUV. Sheppard, aware he’d been cased and profiled incorrectly by the feckless officer, rolled down the window and immediately showed both hands to prove he didn’t have a weapon.

In video footage, Sheppard politely, understandably, and immediately requests the deputy holster his weapon — but Plunkett gets in the man’s face, and peers into the vehicle, and in a confrontational matter, says,

“What do you mean, ‘holster my weapon’?”

“Well, you’re pulling your weapon, so I’m telling you holster your weapon, because you’ve got nothing to fear,” Sheppard calmly responds. “My hands are clearly in sight.”

Plunkett seems intent on starting trouble. In fact, were it not for his costume and shiny badge, his actions would be considered blatant and unjustified harassment and intimidation.

“What are you doing?” the deputy asks with contempt in his eyes.

“I’m sitting here in my vehicle, working,” the private investigator replies with amazing restraint.

“You some kind of P.I. or something?” Plunkett retorts.

“Does it appear that I’m doing something illegal?”

“I don’t know,” the deputy says, essentially proving the man’s point.

By this time, it has become obvious from the officer’s face he has no intention of either backing down, listening to reason, or treating Sheppard with decency and respect — despite his having done nothing illegal, and, again, no calls had been made to report suspicious activity in the area.

“Step out for me,” Plunkett says, grabbing Sheppard’s wrist.

Perturbed by the unmitigated lunacy of being accosted by this unreasonable thug in uniform, Sheppard politely and firmly asks the officer to “please remove” his hand and summon his watch commander to the scene.

But his valid and repeated request for the supervisor — made at least eight times — falls on the deaf ears of the irrational Plunkett, who then leans in, asking if anyone else is in the SUV. Yet again, the deputy then needlessly escalates the situation by telling Sheppard he’s being uncooperative — forgetting, of course, that he has yet to provide the man with any reason, much less a valid one, for accosting him, grabbing his arm, or ordering him from the vehicle.

Plunkett’s hand visibly shakes, as Cannick points out, as he continues grasping Sheppard’s wrist — making the fact he refuses to holster his service weapon a potentially life-threatening concern.

Sheppard repeats his requests for Plunkett to remove his hand, holster the weapon, and summon the supervisor numerous times to no avail.

“I didn’t hear you call for your watch commander,” Sheppard tells the petrified deputy.

“We’ll get to all that … when we’re done with you,” Plunkett says.

At one point during this fruitless exchange, Plunkett requests backup — but not the watch commander — and eventually releases the man’s wrist. Sheppard, using the same hand in full view of the officer, reaches slowly to remove a bluetooth device from his left ear. Even though Plunkett can see precisely what Sheppard is doing — reaching up to his ear, not down into the vehicle where the officer might have perceived the action as grabbing a weapon — the deputy swiftly points his gun at the man’s head.

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“Don’t fuckin’ reach, I told you not to,” the terrified deputy says, nervously pointing his gun just inches from Sheppard’s head, even though he never said such a thing. Besides trembling hands, video shows the pulse in Plunkett’s neck pounding.

“Do not be fucking reaching,” he repeats.

Deputy Rodriguez, identified in court documents, arrives on the scene, also with her weapon needlessly drawn. Sergeant Hollis soon joins them, followed by Deputy Hanson — taser at the ready — and Sheppard explains the absurd situation as Plunkett continues nervously pointing the gun, requesting the more senior officer order Plunkett to holster the weapon.

Eventually, Hollis relents and calmly asks the deputy not to aim the firearm at the man’s head.

The sergeant then requests Sheppard exit the vehicle and Rodriguez immediately places cuffs on his wrists, barely giving enough time for him to comply with the order to turn around.

After placing Sheppard in the back of a waiting patrol car, officers proceed to search the SUV — without even the suspicion of the commission of a crime.

But the cops haven’t finished with the innocent man — and what happens next is truly astonishing given he’d done nothing wrong in the first place.

With the Tahoe’s recording devices rolling, these sheriff’s deputies — who apparently had nothing better to do than waste taxpayer money to intimidate and threaten an innocent individual — conspire to fabricate charges.

Cannick cites court documents in the matter, which state:

“During the course of the next several minutes, the deputies on scene conspired to concoct a citable offense against Mr. Sheppard. These law enforcement officials attempted to justify Deputy Plunkett’s actions, ex post facto. Most critically, Deputy Hanson and Deputy Ramirez drafted a citation that was ultimately signed by Deputy Plunkett. Neither Deputy Hanson nor Deputy Ramirez was willing to personally sign the citation, after engaging in a lengthy discussion concerning the contents of said citation. As she was attempting to creatively fashion charges to be brought against Mr. Sheppard within the aforementioned citation, Deputy Hanson stated, ‘please, just let me taser him.’

Ultimately, Sheppard received citations for tinted windows and missing plates — even though temporary, paper plates were properly posted on the rear of the Tahoe with registration in the windshield as required by law.

Sheppard filed a civil lawsuit in federal court in 2015 over the absurdly unjust incident for, Cannick writes, “violation of his constitutional rights, assault, battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and various other charges.”

Despite the telling video footage — showing all these allegations to be true — a jury last week found in favor of the sheriff’s department.

Sheppard — who, during the encounter, tells Sgt. Hollis he just finished a lawsuit with the same department over similar misconduct — plans to appeal his case.

Harassment, intimidation, entertaining the idea of tasering someone for no conceivable reason, putting a gun to an innocent person’s head, fabricating charges — even when no crime has been committed or suspected — this is what life is like in a police state.

 

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  • Phil Freeman

    Start digging graves, lots of cops are going to need them.

  • john smith

    finger on the trigger he wanted to kill that man and he made it clear the didn’t suspect him of a crime.

    • Blaine

      Amazing.

      Finger on the trigger, crossed thumbs, the tip of his support hand thumb in the path of the slide. If he did take a shot he’d tear up or dislocate his thumb and drop his weapon. Where do they get these morons?

      Finger on the trigger….WTF!

      • JennaTrull

        I’ve had my thumb bonked by a slide. That shit fucking HURTS and you don’t ever let it happen again. For him to make such a careless mistake means he’s not experienced with the use of an automatic pistol.

        • Blaine

          I gouged mine once, not too bad, Band-Aid quality. But like you say – it’ll never happen again.

          The fact he had his finger on the trigger the entire time is just mind blowing. I’d be amazed if Deputy Fife could even pass the handgun cert, whatever it is. He isn’t familiar with any safe firearm handling rules…Heck, he’d probably sweep everyone on the line and get kicked off the range till it cleared out. It wouldn’t surprise me if his thumb was back there because he thumbed the hammer back when he drew his pistol.

          Repeat: “Where do they get these morons?”

          • Paul LaD

            If cops can’t even manage weapons properly why should almost everyone in this country be able to get weapons without any questions or required training?

          • Blaine

            That’s the issue, it isn’t that hard to manage one’s firearms properly – you just have to follow a few very simple rules and respect the weapon you are carrying. Unlike PD, private citizens need to fear repercussions of shooting in error.

            Plus, many localities DO require training and cert to carry concealed.

            Don’t get me wrong, I have my own ideas about firearms, the 2nd, and how the laws are written and applied in this country. That has nothing to do with this situation.

          • moodygirlmb

            I’ve only had two short lessons in handling and firing a handgun. Even I noticed right away that he was holding it wrong. I was thinking, WTF.

          • it’sme

            This has nothing to do with our second amendment rights!! Take my guns when I am trained to use and leave guns in the hands of those like this guy who is not properly trained!!!Yea that’s exactly what we need!! You do know that gun control will not apply to idiots like this Cop don’t you?

      • it’sme

        You are exactly right this man is very very poorly trained and should be fired actually everyone out there should be fired.

  • john smith

    code 5 varies—results of a basic look up…
    Code 5, as a police radio designation, is used situationally when undercover officers don’t want a potential arrest or investigation interrupted by patrol officers.

    Code 5 can be used in a descriptive fashion concerning a confidential informant or a person known to undercover detectives whose arrest or detention could jeopardise an ongoing investigation.

    I’ve only heard the term used in San Diego and Los Angeles Counties, however, and that was in the 80s and 90s. Other meanings may exist or have evolved.

    “Code 5” was usually accompanied by confidential information (10-35) concerning the matter or a request to communicate privately (10-12).

  • john smith

    “Oh please let me taz this guy”
    https://youtu.be/wsd2HJKAi9U?t=88

  • Jcbrown

    here’s the douche bag’s facebook… he’s a complete tool
    https://www.facebook.com/tai.plunkett?fref=ts

    • ♓Ξ▲ѴƳ Ƙ∆RM∆~Ð∈ßϯ SᏝ▲V∈

      The coward already closed his account.

      • Matthew Ortiz

        818-353-6305
        818-767-7625
        Deputy Tai A. Plunkett
        9717 La Tuna Canyon Road
        Sun Valley , CA

        Call this Prick at home and ask for his BADGE. Tell his wife Stacie to give him some #a%@ every now and then, HE IS TOO uptight to own a gun.

    • Guy

      The Douche Bag’s Facebook Page has been deleted !

      I wonder why ?

      You don’t suppose it could be about something he’s done or said do you?

      Na ! He is a stand up straight type of guy, a pillar of the community, a man dressed in blue, protecting us from the bad people out there in La La Land !

      I mean, I am sure his Chief will back that up to the hilt, right ?

  • Sillywilly

    typical thug like behavior from the po po, but he might’ve been able to circumvent the majority of the encounter by stating “yes, I am a private detective, let me show you my credentials”. The way the cops hand was shaking he was a hairsbreadth from being another casualty of leo’s frightend of their own shadow. I’m all for standing up for ones rights but personally, I’d rather not be a statistic.

    • physics2010

      Not quite sure it’s the citizen’s job to de-escalate the situation. If the officer was that scared he just doesn’t have the mental stability to continue in this line of work.

      • Sillywilly

        Should it be our responsibility, hell no. If it gets me home safe and sound then I’m going to do what I need to do. Many, many cops don’t have what it takes mentally to do the job but we have to deal with them anyway.

        • Reuben Mallari

          The cop didn’t like Sheppard taking off his ear piece. How do you think the cop might’ve reacted if Sheppard tried to pull anything else out of the vehicle?

    • Diana Baskin

      If he would have reached for his credentials he would be dead. This man was ready to shoot. He was looking for a reason. Do we have to go back to the old days where we have to show papers to stay alive and to remain free.

      • Sillywilly

        Unfortunately, I would say yes, we have almost reached that stage. As for reaching for credentials, of course it would require explaining to the cop exactly what motions you need to make to obtain those credentials. Concealed weapon holders are taught how to interact with cops in situations like this. Sad to say, I have had to school my own kids in the lessons taught in the CPL course.

        • Just Me

          guess you missed the murdered guy in chicago

          • Sillywilly

            If a cop wants to kill he will no matter what you do, they’res hardly any stopping a psyco when you run across one. For the other ones that simply shouldn’t be given a gun due to mental inadequacy a little common sense can go a long way.

          • Reuben Mallari

            So then why wouldn’t it be better by playing it safe and waiting for the watch commander or another deputy? I don’t see how REACHING INTO YOUR CAR is any safer considering the cop freaked out and immediately pulled out his gun when Sheppard only removed his ear piece. From this video, I think it is safe to assume the cop may not understand the meaning of common sense.

          • Sillywilly

            the longer the situation has a chance to escalate the more dangerous it becomes. I’m am not suggesting he should make precipitous movements without the cop knowing or acquiescing. What I’m saying is things might have gone smoother for all concerned had he admitted being a PI right at the get go and had he been then able to produce PI credentials.

          • ITSa341

            Informing that scared officer he was a PI would have also increased the fear by the poorly trained officer that there may be a weapon in the vehicle. Judging by his incompetent trigger discipline I am betting the increased shaking may have caused the cowards gun to discharge.

          • Sillywilly

            Being a PI would mean he had good reason to be where he was, and that he wasn’t just some stalking reprobate

          • ITSa341

            Some officers yes, some officers it would instantly escalate the situation. I’ve seen a clear disdain from some officers towards private investigators and private security.

            Seeing how scared and shaky that kid was I would have bet on it escalating the kid and possibly making him even more unstable and dangerous with a firearm….which happened to be pointed at an innocent man’s head at the time.

          • osric

            Man, if he is not recruit into the police he could easily become a neighborhood watch.

        • Six

          that didn’t stop Philando Castile from being killed…

          • Sillywilly

            If you meet an aggressive highly dangerous animal in the woods, even if you do everything right, you still might end up as scat, but that doesn’t mean you’re not or shouldn’t try. The bottom line is that cops don’t believe in de-escalation so, as crappy as it is, that job falls to us when confronted with unstable police.

      • Just Me

        “he was being uncooperative, did not follow commands i did not give him”…

        • osric

          He was probably looking for some cover to kill. Thinking about how he will report the incident after killing him. In his mind the guy was clearly going to his grave.

      • osric

        You never really left that place. It only faded into the shadows for a while. Check the training police are receiving today, they are probably using very much same training manuals they had then.

    • Duddioman

      Not only was this cop ready to shoot, we had to be told by the sergeant several times to back up and put his weapon away while he is surrounded by cops!!! His pride made a simple situation very dangerous.

      And whats with the finger on the trigger? One small jolt or twitch and an innocent man would be dead. I support the police doing their job, but this was ridiculous!!!

      • Paul LaD

        Fine, but the Sgt allowed this other Bullshit to take place. He’s an example of a cop with power refusing to purge their departments of compltely dangerous incompetents.

      • Sillywilly

        I’m not sure pride was the issue, more like bravado from someone scared shitless. He obviously should not have a badge and a gun.

    • Christine Alford

      Some people make the choice of walking and talking like a free man and not asking permission and that puts them at risk. On the other hand, you can ask for permission to be free from these Plunketts, and then you aren’t.

    • Just Me

      and i he reached for his credentials ger shot, you are being naive

    • No Body

      He approached the car with his gun already drawn!

      • Sillywilly

        yes, all the more reason to try and diffuse the situation

    • Jim Power

      It’s called adrenaline and the next time you approach a suspicious vehicle which may or may not have someone ready to kill you, let’s see how calm you are….oh wait. You’re not a cop so you don’t know how that feels. You’re sitting on your ass watching videos and criticizing someone who actually puts their lives in danger every day. The PI did everything he could to escalate the situation. He could have told the officer he was a PI. He could have kept his hands still instead of reaching around. He could have stepped out when the officer asked him to instead of lying and saying he never was asked. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a setup.

      • ITSa341

        Yes, because telling a scared shitless moron pointing a gun at you that you are a PI which means you most likely are armed would have calmed him so much. More likely it would have caused even more shaking by the coward and resulted in an accidental discharge.

        Do they no longer teach trigger discipline at the academy?

  • outlaw63

    I only had 90 seconds before he reached through the window unlocked the door and pepper sprayed me

  • saganhill

    These cops are just low IQ idiots. They should be fired for gross negligence. What cowards they are.

    • Ed

      The word is “MORON’s”!

      • Just Me

        morans

        • Ed

          mo·ron
          ˈmôrˌän
          a stupid person.
          synonyms: fool, idiot, ass, blockhead, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, imbecile, cretin, dullard, simpleton, clod

          • DevilsAdvocate

            You further prove you are a MORON – or in your SLANG lingo, a MORAN by contradicting the correct spelling with slang. You probably discovered that word and have been lying in wait to use it. Too bad it just makes you look like a fool, idiot, ass, blockhead, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, etc.

          • Scott Brown
          • Vincent D’Emidio

            Yo Bubba, what’s your beef with “Ed”?

          • osric

            This makes you look better or is it feel smarter?

          • Just Me

            You seem so silly .”Moran” is well known internet slang and very useful for making a point. Use of slang in an internet forum is no-indication of IQ. However ,not being able to deal with a medium’s jargon and pointing out spelling and other errors when a person is purposely making and the “error” to make the point really makes you look like well a “moran”… You don’t seem like intel or Mensa material to me

          • Just Me

            exactly. why are you telling me this?

        • Tiffani Jones

          Like Erin Moran?

          • Just Me

            go visit the urban dicyionary and acquire a taste foe sarcasm through slang

      • Just Me

        THE WORD IS MORANS, I SPECIFICALLY MISSPELLED IT TO MAKE A POINT

    • Christine Alford

      The thing is, the next time Plunkett and the girls will have someone cornered that will make the wrong move and will end up dead.

    • Ken Whalen

      I think you might want to look at the whole picture before you call these cops names and make yourself look stupid. This guy baited the cop. look at the facts. He was a PI. He was in a suv with blacked out windows that dont allow you to see inside. The cop had no idea how many people were in that car. He clearly didnt file the notification with the local cops telling them that he would be doing surveillance in the area. He had paper plates on the truck. He was in an area that has very few black residents. As the cop was walking up to his truck he starts yelling for the cop the holster his weapon. What cop is going to holster his weapon because a guy that he was concerned enough about to stop and check out was telling him to. In fact telling a cop to holster his weapon is a guaranteed way to get him not to holster his weapon. The cop asked this guy directly if he was a PI and he wouldnt tell him. The facts that point to baiting go on and on.

      • Nonono!

        None of what you said matters. Go look up your rights buddy. They didn’t suspect him of a crime nor was he committing one when he decided to roll up on him. It’s actually illegal for cops to do as such.

        I usually agree with the police in these cases, but this cop is clearly in the wrong.

        • Ken Whalen

          Nonono You are wrong. If you appear suspicious a cop has every right to ask you what you are doing . Its called crime prevention and that is one of the things we pay them for.This guy baited the cop and if you think that is right then you are part of the reason why this country is going to shit. Let someone be standing in front of you with a loaded gun and he is looking like he is going to shoot you and then tell me the cop has no right to take action. If a cop is directing traffic and he make you stop is he denying you your right to “Freedom of movement?

          • Nonono!

            You should know well enough that fallacies will do you no good here.
            Come back with a real argument or I’ll just ignore your next post and let you think you “won” this exchange.

          • Ken Whalen

            I guess you know more about this case than the judge and jury did. Oh and any fallacies that were posted wernt by me and if you dont respond I dont think anybodies life will change that much. Your uninformed view isnt that important to me.

          • Mark Morrison

            “If you appear suspicious a cop has every right to ask you what you are doing”

            …no.

            Read the Fourth Amendment and tell me what it says.

          • Ken Whalen

            A cop just like any other person on this planet has the right to ask you anything that they want. Your rights give you the right not to answer.

          • it’sme

            You are wrong Ken you have to have to have suspicion that a crime is being committed to ask what someone is doing and especially to draw a gun on the man! The man asked if the cop thought he was doing something wrong and the cop said I don’t know!! That little punk assed cop put that mans life in danger by pointing that gun at his head and shaking like he did. Things like this is what makes my daughters job so much harder because you have poorly trained Police Officers carrying a gun that wants to be a big bad dude!! And that little bitch that wanted to taser him needs to get hers one day!! I hope her ass gets tasered for no reason soon!!!

          • Ken Whalen

            You have no idea what you are talking about. A cop can ask you anything he wants to ask you. Your rights give you the right not to answer the question. When the guy asked the cop if he suspected him of committing a crime the cop answered him truthfully.The reason that he was talking to the guy was that he wanted to find out if he was there for a legit reason. Its call crime prevention. People that are argueing that what the cop did was illegle have no idea what they are talking about. This case went to court.If what the cop did was illehal the guy would have won the case HE LOST.

          • Ronpaul1960

            A cop can ask any question, but he cannot perform a detention unless there is reasonable suspicion a crime has, is or is about to take place. When he said I don’t know,. that does not amount to reasonable suspicion. It was an illegal detention.

          • Ken Whalen

            To detain this guy he didnt have to have any suspicion of anything. The guy was parked for over 3 hours in a truck with temp plates and blacked out windows. Having blacked out windows is reason enough for the cop to make contact with the guy. The guy then is vague as to what he is doing there. That would be enough to make ANYONE suspicious as to why he was really there. This cop did nothing wrong (except having his finger on the trigger).

          • Hammer_Time

            Wow. Founding fathers must be rolling in their graves. Cop training these days is clearly not enough. This was essentially a 12 year old with a gun. How can a civilian be expected to remain calm when the guy who supposedly has training is already freaking out without any reason…and HE gets to have a gun? GTFO of here with that bullshit. Ignorant people who follow laws and authority blindly instead of looking at what is WRONG with an incident and what is morally RIGHT is what is fucking wrong with this backwards ass country.

          • Ken Whalen

            A bigger part of the problem is people that only look at one side of the story and then run their mouth like they know the whole story. I get a kick out of people that act like if they were in the same situation that they would walk up to this guys truck without any fear for their safety. In the real world you only get to die once. This cop saw a truck with paper plates and blacked out windows sitting in the same spot for over 3 hours. The truck was occupied by atleast one black guy. The guy rolled his window down so the cop could see that he was in the truck. The cop had no idea if he was alone or if there were others in the truck. Let me recap for you. We have a lone cop that see’s a truck that doesnt belong in the area occupied by atleast one black man in a mostly white neighborhood. The truck had been there for over 3 hours. If you were a cop would this raise your suspicions ??? Would you have any concerns for your safety when you were about to make contact with this truck and whoever may be in it ? I would think that ANYBODY would prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Now the cop as part of his being prepared for the worst, draws his weapon and holds it at his side. As he is approaching the truck the driver starts yelling at him to holster his gun.If you were the cop would this make you feel comfortable or would it make you concerned about what would happen if you do holster your gun? Now when the cop talks to the driver and asks what he is doing there the guy says “Im working”. The cop then asks if he is a PI or something and the guy refuses to tell him that he is indeed a PI doing surveillance. If he would have just told the cop that info that would have been the end of it. If you noticed he didnt have any problem telling the supervisor that he was a PI.
            Now lets look at how this all could have been avoided.
            1) If the guy would have notified the local cops that he would be in the area doing surveillance. This is commonly done by PI’S just so this kind of thing doesnt happen. In some places it is the law that PI’s MUST notify.

            2)If the guy would have lowered all of the windows in the truck so the cop could see that he was alone.

            3) if the guy would have just presented his ID and told the cop what he was doing there.

            Now lets look at how the cop could have avoided this.
            1) He could have just not cared and kept going.
            2) He could have not given a shit weather he lives or dies and just walked into the situation unprepared.

            Yeah your right the cop is clearly at fault.

          • Laura Smith

            None

          • Jordan Manicom

            At least you finally admit it, But your logic on how this could all be avoided entails him giving up his rights. So now that we have established you are against human rights, you can go back to sucking that dick

          • Ken Whalen

            Hey Jordan you seem to have a thing for sucking dick. Let me help your 25 year old mind a little. Intelligent adults know their rights. Intelligent adults also know that they are in control of when they use those rights and also know that if they choose not to use those rights that it doesnt mean that they lost those rights. Intelligent adults have the ability to distinguish when to apply those rights and when it would be better not to. Now maybe a fatherless twat from Oklahoma might have a problem understanding this but try. Just because you have a dead end sign infront of your house doesnt mean that your life has to be a dead end. Get some help for you dick sucking issue and while you’re at it let them help you with your other issues.
            So now that we have established you dont know shit about your rights (probably because you waste too much time on your dick sucking fetish) you might want to learning more about having rights.

          • Michael St Clair

            yeh a guy in his truck terrifying I don’t think ill ever go outside again

          • Michael St Clair

            plus hes black! how horrible

          • Ken Whalen

            Michael St Clair It figures that you would bring race into it . The only reason that I mentioned his color was because it made him stand out. He was a black man in a white neighborhood. It would be the same as if everyone in a town had blue cars and this guy had a red car. Cops would see the red car sitting there for over 3 hours and wonder what the guy in this car, that clearly wasnt from this town was doing. Here’s the bottom line. You people can look for ways to blame the cop but in the real world you fail. The blame from start to finish falls on the PI.

          • Ken Whalen

            Michael St Clair Wow you must be a real bad ass. Nothing would scare you. Maybe you are bullet proof, that would make sense. You clearly should be a cop. Then again if you are not bullet proof you might not last long.

          • Ken Whalen

            Michael St Clair Are you 10 years old??? This cop saw a truck parked in the same place for over 3 hours with a guy inside that he knew wasnt from that area. The truck had blacked out windows (which is a violation in that area) . If you were a cop would this be a concern to you? I wonder what you would say if this cop had seen the truck sitting there and did nothing only to find out that the guy in the truck had been robbing houses in the area. I can hear you now. “This lazy ass cop saw the truck and didnt give a shit. He didnt want to be bothered checking the guy out. He was probably a chicken shit cop that was afraid of the guy.”

          • Jordan Manicom

            He lost because the pigs make it us vs them. They are all on one team to extort as much money as possible out of the public. They all work together and some of them sleep together, it’s a racket, Wake the fuck up or shut up and keep sucking a cops dick.

          • Ken Whalen

            Who could possibly argue with someone with your intelligence level. If I did it would be like taking advantage of a mentally challenged little kid. Hell it would be taking advantage of a mentally challenged little kid. Now go ask your mommy to tuck you in. I would tell you to have your daddy tuck you in but who knows who he is or where he is.

          • Ken Whalen

            Jordan Manicom Why is it that all of you morons have a thing for sucking cock? You people have another thing in common. That would be your lack of intelligence. When you go to court the people that decide if you are innocent or guilty are not the cops. It isnt even the judge. It is people that are randomly picked from the voting pool. That probably doesnt include you. The people that decide guilt or innocence are the PUBLIC. They are the very same people that you claim cops are extorting money from. Now if that was true dont you think the public would rule against the cops every time???

          • Tiffani Jones

            The cop was standing there with a loaded gun, looking like he was going to shoot him.

          • Ken Whalen

            Yes he was. He wouldnt have been if the guy would have just told him that he was PI doing surveillance or just have alerted the local police like he is supposed to do. I have no sympathy for someone that baits a cop and that is exactly what he did.

          • Kevin Cheng

            Ken, if I ever became a cop, I’d wait for you to drive out of your home, pull you over, and point a gun to your face, If I so much as see you twitch, I would execute you on the spot and get away with it just by saying “I thought he was reaching for my gun”.

          • Ken Whalen

            Thats why you are a complete douche bag. Thats all I have to said to someone of your minimal intelligence

          • Jordan Manicom

            Oh so a cop is a complete douche bag if he shoots you for moving but if he shoots anyone else, the pig is “just doing his job”.

          • Ken Whalen

            WTF are you talking about?

          • Jordan Manicom

            Like you said about the cops. The PI was just doing his job, he has no obligation to answer any of their questions. He was being completely cooperative while the thugs were hindering his investigation (ie preventing him from working). To bad these cops don’t know how to properly do their jobs.

          • Ken Whalen

            He isnt obligated to answer any questions. His job requires him to deal and work with cops all of the time. If his concern was his investigation he would have wanted to get the cop to leave as quick as possible. If he wanted to get the cop to leave as quick as possible he would have just told the cop why he was there and that would have been the end of it. You said ” He was being completely cooperative” You cant be that stupid !

          • Matt Adam

            Actually, we DO NOT pay them for crime prevention. This site has referenced Supreme Court cases showing this fact, giving precedence.
            http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1976377/posts

          • Ken Whalen

            Hey Matt your comment has NOTHING to do with this case in fact it backs my argument up. Im glad you posted that link. The cop by his actions wasnt trying to protect one specific person. He was trying to protect the community. He had no idea if the people in that truck were a threat to someone or not. That link also only says that the cops dont have to protect a specific person it doesnt say that they are not allowed to. You may want to read the link before you post it next time.

          • Laura Smith

            he should have checked his plates. He should have summoned his supervisor as asked. And most outrageous of all was that they were caught on tape making up reasons for their actions — which clearly proves that they themselves know they were wrong.

          • Ken Whalen

            Laura Smith He had paper plates. Most times you cant get info on paper plates. Unless the person gets the paper plates directly from the registry the registry doesnt have the info until the dealer turns in the paperwork. That blows your first argument out of the water. Your next thing was that he should have summoned his supervisor. HE DID. Why do you think his supervisor showed up? Next and your most outrageous statement. They NEVER tried to MAKE UP charges against the guy for any reason. They were going over things that he could be charged with. THAT IS THEIR JOB!!!!!!!

          • Jordan Manicom

            Lmao you are some piece of shit pig sympathizer. Making up charges is just part of the job in good ol amerikkka

          • Ken Whalen

            Hey genius what charges did they make up???

          • Ronpaul1960

            SO you lose your rights to peacefully redress your government when it has a gun pointed at your head. I am sure the SS believed the same when it had loaded guns pointed at people’s heads as well.

          • Richard S.

            Right to ask what you are doing. Not a right to manhandle or point a firearm. Be disrespectful harras and make up charges. If the tints/plate were not to code a simple ticket would suffice. Once the officer had engaged him in conversation and knew nobody else was in the car he could have de-esculated but instead he cussed placed his hands on the citizen then drew his weapon without good reason.

          • Ken Whalen

            Richard S So if you were a cop and saw this truck with this guy sitting in the same place for over 3 hours, you would just walk up to the guy without a concern? You blame the cop for escalating the situation. Think about this. If you were that guy and the cop came up to you with his gun drawn and clearly concerned about his safety, would you be vague when he asked you what you were doing there? This guy baited the cop. He had everything ready to film this interaction. This guy knew he would be attracting the attention of the cops and why. He knew that the cop would have concerns as to why he was sitting there in a truck with blacked out windows. He knew the cop would be concerned that there were others in the truck that he couldnt see because of the blacked out windows.
            Here is how this should have gone down and would have gone down if the guy WASN’T baiting the cop.
            Because the cop was concerned for his safety he approached the truck with gun drawn and to his side. This guy know that telling the cop to holster his gun would make him more on edge. He should have lowered all of his tinted windows and kept his mouth shut. As the cop approached the truck he would have been able to see that there were no others in the truck and that would have lowered the threat level. When the cop asked him what he was doing there, all he had to do is tell the cop exactly what he was doing. He should have just said that he was a PI and doing some surveillance. That would have lowered the threat level even further. The cop would have asked him for some ID and that would have been the end of it. No gun pointing no touching. This guy was there for a legit reason and has to deal with the cops all of the time. Knowing that, why would he act as he did unless he was baiting the cop. Look at the guys history. This wasnt his first run in with cops.

          • Jordan Manicom

            All of these things you say the innocent man ‘should have done” is a direct attack on his rights. Evidently pig sympathizers like you don’t acknowledge that we have a system in place to prevent atrocities like these.

          • Ken Whalen

            You need some help with your mental health issues.
            People make the decision to use their right everyday all day. Think about this. You have the right not to talk to ANYBODY . Because you talk to people does that mean that you give up your rights? You have the right to not respond to posts. Because you do respond does that mean that you have given up your rights or that they have been taken away from you by the person that you responded to? Grow the fuck up!

          • Ken Whalen

            Clearly you get you legal knowledge from YouTube. You are clearly a YouTube legal genius. This case went to court and the PI lost. This case was heard by a judge and jury. The jury was picked by both the defense and the prosecution. The jury got to hear ALL of the evidence and not just the video which the PI put out there to show his side of the story. Now go ahead and say “Hey its a cop they always get off” That is exactly what a looser would say. Maybe if you knew the facts in this case, if you did you wouldnt be saying the stupid shit that you have said .

      • Mark Morrison

        Are you seriously making excuses for the cop to be pointing his gun at his head with no trigger discipline at all? Garbage.

        • Ken Whalen

          Im not making excuses for anything. Im telling you what rthis guy did and why the cop reacted the way he did. If I were holding a bat and acting like I might be hitting you with it (baiting you) would you take some kind of action because of what I was doing? Now the part that I do have a problem with is that the cop had his finger on the trigger. Cop are on edge these days. If you are going to bait a cop with the pressure they are under now just to make a youtube video and cause more shit then you are dumber than shit and deserve anything that happens to you.

          • Mark Morrison

            You ARE making excuses for him. He is violating the first 3 rules of basic gun safety, which endangers lives. This is borderline menacing. I have no issue with the officer having his gun out, but pointing it at the guys head with his finger on the trigger is crossing a line.

          • Ken Whalen

            I guess you didnt bother to read my earlier posts or you wouldnt have wasted your time typing. In a prevous post I said that the problem I had with the cop was him having his finger on the trigger what the threat wasnt immediate.

          • Boss Swag

            If you consider making a youtube video let alone recording a cop “baiting” then your idea of a cop is someone with poor self control and piss poor demeanor, only a completely delusional/willfully ignorant fuckwit would think his behavior aside from his finger on the trigger is remotely acceptable..

          • Ken Whalen

            You poor clueless bastard. I dont have any problem with people making a youtube video and never said I did. It is clear that you hate cop and anything that someone does to provoke a cop to take action is fine. People need to take responsibility for their actions. This guy was a PI. He didnt notify the local cops that he would be doing surveillance in the area. Now is any of this the cops fault yet? He was a black man in a truck with blacked out windows and paper plates in a white neighborhood. He had to know that this would attract attention of the local police. The people that wrote this even said that the guy was a seasoned PI. He would be aware about notifying the cops that he would be in the area and also what the cops would do if they saw him in his truck. Is the cop at fault yet? Then when the cop approaches his truck he starts yelling for the cop to holster his weapon. What cop would do that just because someone he is about to question told him to. Just the opposite it would make him wonder why the guy wanted him to holster his gun. When the cop asks him what he was doing there he gives a vague answer instead of just telling him the real reason and defuse the situation. Is that the cops fault? The only reason he would do this is to raise the tension level. Oh and I dont know if you realize this but the case went to court where they got to see all of the evidence, not just this guys side of the story and they ruled against him.

          • Tiffani Jones

            “He is a black man…”. You said enough.

          • Matt Adam

            Yelling for the cop to holster his weapon? You, sir, are unfamiliar with the term yelling, it appears.

          • Ken Whalen

            I didnt say he was screaming at the cop . He was raising his voice as he would have to do for a cop walking up behind to hear.

          • Matt Adam

            You can’t say he was “baiting” the cop. If he was,you would likely have seen more video from his perspective, waiting for the cop to notice the vehicle, coming up on it, rolling down the window, almost everything. This video was started after the initial confrontation, when he realized it could get ugly quick.

          • Tiffani Jones

            This guy wasn’t holding anything. You keep making analogies as if he was, but he was sitting in his truck doing absolutely nothing wrong.

          • Ken Whalen

            I said he was holding something?????Now I see how you are so sure what happened.

          • GetemDave

            You do realize you dont have to tell the police anything right? I dont have to let the police know i am leaving the house to go to work. If his work doesnt put others in harms way there is no need for it. If i am not in suspicion of committing a crime then leave me be. The cop even admitted have no reason to question him. He asked if he was suspected of a crime.. Cops Answer: I dont know.. No calls from concerned residents were made. Obviously you are of law enforcement background because you are good at twisting truths to make it seem as tho the innocent are guilty. TBH fuck sugar coating it.. The guy is a coward with a badge. He almost busted a blood vessel from his adrenaline pumping for absolutely no reason. Then the others sat there and fabricated a citation. When no one took the time to see if his truck was up to code. Shabby police work..

          • Ken Whalen

            Why is it that people talk through their ass? The guy asked him if he suspected him of a crime and the cop truthfully answered him by saying “I dont know yet. The cop had every right to talk to this guy. A cop can ask you anything he wants to ask you. Your rights give you the right not to answer. Just because you dont answer doesnt mean that that is the end of the conversation or investigation. You people kill me. If someone sat in the same type of vehicle in your area and the person in that vehicle committed a major crime you people would be the first to blame the cops for not checking this guy out. If you hate cops thats fine but just say it and move on. making stupid statements that you clearly know nothing about is a waste of everybody’s time. You say stupid shit like “Then the others sat there and fabricated a citation” They didnt fabricate shit. This guy was clearly baiting the cops which he apparently has a right to do. The cops on the other hand wrote this guy up for his tinted windows. Did the guy have tinted windows? Why yes he did. Where is the fabrication? Now that said , if the guy would have just told the cop why he was there in the first place he probably wouldnt have even gotten a ticket for that. Oh and you dont have to notify the cops that you are going to work. There is a difference in someone that just works at McDonalds and someone that is doing PI work in a public place . Then you say this “When no one took the time to see if his truck was up to code. Shabby police work..” WTF does that mean?

          • What do you do for a living?

          • Ken Whalen

            What business is that of yours?

          • Ken Whalen

            What business is that of yours???

          • Ken Whalen

            What business is that of yours ?????

          • Ken Whalen

            What business is that of yours ???????

          • I was just wondering. If you aren’t comfortable sharing then that is completely fine. You are not obliged to answer it.

          • Ken Whalen

            I dont know why you would even ask me that. What does that have to do with anything?

          • It has to do with me wondering what you did for a living. That’s all lol

          • Ken Whalen

            I dont think what I do for a living has anything to do with this discussion.

          • I know.

          • Matt Adam

            I believe he means that nobody asked for the documentation for his tint level to see if they were within specs. They were too worried about trying to bump up the infraction to a “crime” to validate their conduct. That was made obvious in the video. There was no articulate probable cause for the deputy to have approached, as the deputy himself verified. Therefore, the confrontation was unlawful from the outset. But since they spent so much time on it, they had to get something out of it, right? So, escalate the situation and hand out citations. Rinse and repeat.

          • Ken Whalen

            Matt the tinted windows were enough for the co to approach. Tinted windows are a ticketable violation. Top that with the truck had been parked there with the guy inside for 3 hours and what would you do if your job was to serve and protect. Would you use the tinted windows as a way to see what the guy was doing there for so long,
            or would you just look the other way???

          • Michael St Clair

            but he didn’t say anything about the windows when he walked up

          • Ken Whalen

            Im sure the tinted windows were not as important to the cop as what the guy was doing there for 3 hours . The tinted windows were something the cop could use as a vehicle to investigate why he was there and what he was doing. All this guy would have had to do is tell the cop what he was doing there and that would have been the end of it. Him being vague to a cop that was already suspicious as to why he was there did nothing but raise the cops suspicions even higher. If this guys interest was to to do surveillance he would have wanted the cop to leave him as quickly as possible. He wouldnt have been vague. His objective was to bait the cop so he could make a video and get publicity. He was very successful as far as the video goes. The jury saw right through it though.

          • Ken Whalen

            Hey Matt let me articulate it this way. The only reason he needed to approach the truck was his tinted windows. Tinted windows are illegal. He used the tinted windows to approach a truck that had been parked in the same spot for over 3 hours. The guy escalated the deputy’s concern with almost everything he did and said. Now let me ask you this. If you were a cop whos job is to serve and protect and you saw a truck with all blacked out windows parked on the side of a road and occupied by atleast 1 black man in an all white neighborhood, would that draw your attention or concern? Just swallow.

          • Jordan Manicom

            “Just because you dont answer doesnt mean that that is the end of the conversation or investigation. ” um yes it does the constitution explicitly forbids any officer from performing any search without a warrant.

          • Ken Whalen

            Let me start this response the same way that I did to the one that you are responding to.
            Why is it that people talk through their ass?
            It appears that you get your law info from YouTube.

          • Jordan Manicom

            Lmao now sitting in a parked car now equates to assault, you sir have mastered pig logic.

          • Ken Whalen

            WTF are you talking about? You make up stupid shit to fit your argument or your lack of an argument.When did I ever say that sitting in your car equates to assault ? You sir have mastered , well nothing.

          • Ken Whalen

            When did I say that sitting in a parked car equates to assault ? Are you delusional or do you just make things up to fit your side of the story ? “Pig logic” WTF is that? People like you should volunteer at a prison. Someone with your oral skills would really be appreciated there.

      • osric

        This is clearly racial profiling. ‘he was in an area that has very few black residents”. is this really relevant? Is the area off limit to black people? he had a paper plate and so does cop has the right to put a gun to his head and look for some reason to charge him at all cost? Now suppose he was white? would the cop had acted differently?

        • Ken Whalen

          The black guy was in an area of predominately white people. He is not banned from that neighborhood but it makes him stand out. It isnt racial profiling. As far as the plate goes it was a temp plate that the cop cant just run like he could a regular plate. I have to ask you why do people say stupid stuff like “he had a paper plate and so does cop has the right to put a gun to his head and look for some reason to charge him at all cost?”? The cop didnt hold a gun to the guys head because he had a paper plate. Next the cop was suspicious of a black man in a truck with blacked out window and a temp plate that wouldnt directly answer simple questions. To say the cop was ” look for some reason to charge him at all cost” is ridiculous. The cop was suspicious of a guy that was out of place in that neighborhood and the guy raised his suspicions by being vague. Of course cops are going to try to find a charge that can be brought against him. That is their job. If he was violating a law why shouldnt they charge him. May be because he was black he should be immune from the law? As far as “what if the guy was white” If the guy was white the cop might not have been as suspicious because he wouldnt stand out as not being from the neighborhood. If he did stop to question the guy and the guy was as vague as this guy was he would be just as aggressive in finding out what the guy was doing in that area. I dont think the cop should have been holding the gun to the guys head and never said that I did. In fact I have said that the cop shouldnt have had his finger on the trigger. My problem with the cop is that he had his finger on the trigger when there wasnt an immediate threat. My problem with the guy is that he BAITED the cop so he could make a youtube video. He knew exactly what the reaction of the cop would be under the conditions that he created. This is a dangerous game to play just to make a youtube video and bring more tension between cops and the public. .Ask yourself “Why didnt this guy just tell the cop exactly what he was doing there when the cop asked. The cop even directly asked him if he was a PI and he still didnt tell him. Why do you think he did that? BAITING

          • osric

            Simple. A black guy in a mainly white neighborhood clearly, for him, spells trouble. Could you say the same about a white guy in a mainly black or Hispanic neighborhood? I doubt it. The worst he would say is: what the heck is he doing here? is he looking for trouble? This is some how troubling.
            BAITING. yah, you are right and the poorly trained officer who should not be in the force let alone carrying a gun got exposed. This is something not strange to cops either, they do it all the time when looking for some reason to throw people in jail after deciding that where they belong for no reason at all.

          • Ken Whalen

            osric You said it means trouble I said he would be out of place. When the cop walked up to the car he asked the guy what he was doing there. Gee that sounds like the same thing you said a cop would ask me in a black neighborhood.This is where what I would tell the cop and what he told the cop would differ. I would tell the cop that I was a PI doing surveillance . Truth be told I wouldnt have to tell the cop why I was there because he would already know. I would file the notice with the locals and not have to deal with it. The rest of your post either doesnt make any sense or is just plain bullshit.

          • algomalo

            Ken Whalen, are you a cop or do you just like the taste of their boots?

          • Ken Whalen

            Its the boots yeh thats it. You fuckin MOROR It sounds like may be you have a fantasy. That explains a lot.

      • emix

        he is in an area with few black residents? So racial profiling basically?

        • Ken Whalen

          Racial profiling is when you see a a person and make a judgement as to what he is doing by his race. This cop saw a man sitting in a truck with blacked out windows and a basically untraceable plate surveilling someone. There hadnt been a notification filed with the local cops and the guy didnt fit into the neighborhood because of the color of his skin which happened to be black. Let me ask you this. If you had 19 white people and one black person and was asked which person stands out , who would you pick. When you answer the question are you racial profiling or just picking the one that stands out?

          • GetemDave

            The only state i know of where tint are illegal in the front is illinois. If that is your reasoning sir you are clearly in favor of your rights being stomped.. Or you stomp peoples rights.. Ever seen a video of white people being pulled over and saying ” i dont answer questions ” ? Cops say ok have a nice day.. Let a black person do that and see if he dont have a bullet in his ass.. You spew this bait crap like the cop didnt walk up with gun drawn.. Probably sweating from all the coke he snorted.. And paranoid as shit.. Shaking like he freezing cold in the summer heat.. Please.. Baited

          • Ken Whalen

            ” Probably sweating from all the coke he snorted.”This tells me all I need to know about you. This guy was sitting in place for 3 hours in a truck with blacked out windows. Blacked out windows ARE illegal in that area. He was ticketed for that. Then you say ” Shaking like he freezing cold in the summer heat.. Please.. Baited” If this guy wouldnt have said the cop was shaking you would have never known it. HE BAITED THE COP!!!!!!!Crawl back into your hole until you have enough info to talk with adults.

          • Ken Whalen

            Hey has anything I said to you pissed you off???

      • saganhill

        No, you and these idiot cops do a great job making you all look stupid all by yourselves. You don’t need me for that. Bottom line. The cop is a moron holding a gun to the head of an unarmed citizen. He violated every rule in the book and escalated a situation that could have been solved without violence. You are an idiot for condoning such behavior.

        • Ken Whalen

          You are right. If I could pat you on the head I would. Now go take a nappy little boy. When you wake up please go and seek some mental health care.

          • saganhill

            I’m not the one killing people and escalating situations with violence. Cops are. They need to seek mental health. They should also be required to pee in a cup before they get their gun and badge. Then retake the test every 90 days. Quit protecting these motherfuckers.

          • Ken Whalen

            The guy is the truck baited the cop and then escalated the situation by not just telling the cop why he was really there just so he could make a video and you are putting the blame on the cops. Show me one of the resent shootings where the guy that was shot was cooperating.

          • Joba Aladeselu

            How did he escalate the situation? You do know that he has the right not to answer the questions of the cop right? Especially being the fact the cop had no real case as to why he was questioning him in the first place. You’re blaming the civilian for being upset that he was getting harassed for no reason but you protect the cop (who already receives all the protection in the world) who obviously has a temper problem because he didn’t have his questions answered. Help me understand, cops are here to agitate or deescalate situations like this? If you say the man in the car heightened the situation, what do you have to say about the cop pulling out his gun? Does that help the situation at all? One top of that he’s shaking from fear. That alone is scary. It’s cool for cops to be above the law right? (would really love a real answer to my last question.)

          • Ken Whalen

            Considering your comment is asinine and you have NO idea what you are talking about I will still answer your question. This cop wasnt above the law he was within the law. The guy escalated it because he wanted to escalate it so he could make his video. Facts are facts. Of course you dont need all of the facts to make your decision. Oh and did you hear???? He took it to court and lost. Just because you dont like the outcome doesnt mean that they are wrong. More than likely it is because you have no idea what you are talking about.

          • Joba Aladeselu

            Why don’t I have any idea what I’m talking about again, and you do? I find funny how you could state “The guy escalated it because he wanted to escalate it so he could make his video,” which is your sole opinion, then obnoxiously state that “facts are facts.” So he must of turned it on to make sure he caught himself making an already dangerous situation worst. Makes sense. How was the cop within the law again? Explain that one. Lastly, who cares if he lost the case? How bout you tell me who governed the case? Was it the local office and DA’s that probably go out to grab cold brews with the same cops? I will not be in the slightest surprised if they were good friends with the chief of plunketts department. Try again instead of spewing out opinions and then stating “facts are facts”

          • Ken Whalen

            Listen you go and do some research and then come back and chat. You couldnt sound more uninformed about this case if you tried. Let me help you on your way to not sounding stupid. He went to court before a judge and 8 jurors. He had his own lawyer. Between the jury was picked by his lawyer and the lawyer for LA County. Facts are facts . HE LOST 8 TO ZERO

          • saganhill

            In Dumbfuckistan, I mean LA, has a long history of biased jury because of skin color. Very few black men get fair trials in the bible belt a.k.a Dumbfuckistan proper. The majority of the Police are known KKK members or white nationalist. The ones who are not are racist even to the black people on the force.

          • Ken Whalen

            Did someone tell you this ” The majority of the Police are known KKK members or white nationalist. The ones who are not are racist even to the black people on the force.” or did you make it up on your own?????? You are a lot like the conspiracy nuts. All you need is to read something or see a video about something that you want to believe is true and in your mind it is. You NEVER do any research to see if it is or not. You clearly never care about getting the whole story before you start to condemn those that you already want to condemn.

          • saganhill

            Yes, a FBI report did. I posted it. Would you like me to read it to you? I know conservatives are not that bright. Especially cops.

          • Ken Whalen

            Clearly you dont read your own links. That quote didnt come from the FBI page.

          • saganhill
          • Ken Whalen

            Im not going to waste my time watching any more of your videos that have nothing to do with this video.

          • saganhill
          • Ken Whalen

            What does that have to do with this?

          • Joba Aladeselu

            Sir, just understand you are no more informed than me. For someone who sounds like they know absolutely more than me, you have failed to answer my questions because it does not fit your agenda. “He had his own lawyer. Between the jury was picked by his lawyer and the lawyer for LA County”

            Who his lawyer was isn’t my question and you know that. You’re second part of that response proved that he or his lawyer didn’t completely choose the juror. Do you even know how many people the lawyer chose? Stop spitting out bullshit “facts”

          • Ken Whalen

            My cat is more informed on this subject than you are. Im done wasting my time on assholes that have nothing to hide yet they would refuse to answer a simple question for no other reason than to make the cops job harder. Then these same assholes are the first to complain when cops dont stop a crime. Beam me up Scotty, there is no intelligent life here.

          • Joba Aladeselu

            Lmao! I hope your cat isn’t as pussy as you are. You sound like you’re talking to yourself.

          • Ken Whalen

            You know I had to add that If you have no idea that he even went to court with this then you should just keep you uninformed comments to yourself

          • Joba Aladeselu

            I did know he went to court. I also do know you’re avoiding the questions and points in my topic that were more crucial, like who were the DA’s? No? Why do you think you know more than me? How was he within range of the law?

            Wrote them down again just to make sure you didn’t miss them.

          • Ken Whalen

            So you actually think the cop had no reason to talk to this guy???????Even if this guy was just driving down the street minding his own business the cop still had reason to stop him. You cant be that stupid.

          • saganhill

            He doesn’t have to tell the cop shit. And tell me why YOU think a cop should kill someone for not cooperating? A cop is NOT judge, jury, and executioner dipshit.

          • Ken Whalen

            Are you fucking retarded. This cop didnt shoot the guy. Are you on some kind of medication?

          • saganhill

            You are a fucking idiot. I was generalizing and don’t tell me cops have never acted as judge, jury, and executioner. It happens all the time. Fuck cops. http://countercurrentnews.com/2014/04/police-officially-refuse-to-hire-applicants-with-high-iq-scores/

          • Ken Whalen

            Ok Take your meds and go back to bed now. Things will be better in the morning

          • saganhill

            I cant. Conservative CEOs have them priced beyond my price range.

          • Ken Whalen

            That explains a lot.

          • saganhill

            Yes it does. That conservative CEO now has a new Boat and another house. Meanwhile kids die because their parents cant buy meds.

          • Ken Whalen

            Kids die because their parents cant afford meds. WTF are you talking about.

          • Ken Whalen

            Get a real job. The government cant support you forever

          • saganhill

            They were sent over seas and to Mexico by greedy conservative fucks. Then a greedy fuck conservative running for office hasn’t paid taxes for 20 years. Then says people who don’t pay taxes are losers. Oh, btw, what exactly is a “real” job? Do I have to wait 20 years after I pay my college loan off to get one of those real jobs?

          • Ken Whalen

            You have to do what you have to do to improve your life and not live off of the taxes the rest of us pay. I grew up poor as shit. My parents use to put cardboard in my sneakers so my feet wouldnt hit the ground because of the holes in my sneakers. I worked my ass off to better my life. As far as the upcoming election goes , we are fucked no matter who we vote for.

          • Ken Whalen

            Im a fucking idiot???? You make a comment as you did and say you were generalizing when we were discussing a specific case. You make a claim that cops try to be judge, jury and executioner and then put up a link to a case of a 48 year old guy that claims he wasnt allowed to interview for a cop job because he scored too high on a test???? I doubt that you did any research on this test so let me help you. This wasnt an IQ test it was a WPT test. This is a test that MANY companies use. It is also a test used by municipalities use in hiring. This may help you to understand just what you are talking about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonderlic_test. And you say Im a fucking idiot. Your a funny guy

      • Ronpaul1960

        You disqualified yourself from having any kind of valid comment when you said the guy is black. That has zero to do with it unless you have race issues.

        • Ken Whalen

          If you think that this guy being black has nothing to do with it then you are clearly not intouch with reality. This guy was a black guy sitting in a truck with blacked out windows for over 3 hours. This guy wasnt sitting in the middle of the hood. He was sitting in an all white neighborhood where he stood out like a sore thumb. If that is too much for you to understand then you are incapable of looking at the whole picture. Trying to paint my comment as racial shows how desperate you are to turn this into a race issue. I have done PI work in the past. Whenever I was going to be in an area for an extended period of time we always notified the local cops so things like this didnt happen. This guy had issues with cops in the past and knew exactly what he was doing by not notifying the cops. I bet he was wondering why it took them so long to approach him.

        • Ken Whalen

          Is it the fact that the guy was black that bothers you or is it just that I stated a fact???? If you cant understand what this mans color has to do with what happened then you are disqualified from having any kind of valid opinion on this case. Let me see if I can help you.
          (1) This was a black man sitting in a truck with temp plates and blacked out windows , in the same spot for over 3 hours, in a mostly white neighborhood.
          If you were a cop would that get your attention????

          I have done PI work. Anytime we were going to be in an area for a period of time we notified the local cops as to what we were doing there. By letting them know you are there and what you are doing, there are no surprises. In some areas Pi’s are required to notify the cops. When the cop walked up to the guys truck he was vague as to why he was there. All he had to do is tell the cop that he was a PI doing surveillance and that would have been the end of it.
          This guy had problems with cops before. He knew exactly what was going to happen and why. I bet he was wondering what was taking the cops so long to make contact with him. He set the cops up and it didnt work out for him. He went to court and lost.

        • Ken Whalen

          You disqualify yourself from having any kind of valid comment on this when you dont consider the color of the guy.
          This was a black guy in an all white neighborhood, sitting in a truck with temp plates and blacked out windows for over 3 hours in the same place. Would that have caught your attention if you were a cop???
          This guy had trouble with cops before and he knew exactly what he was doing. He baited the cops.
          I have done some PI work in the past and we always notified the local cops if we were going to be in an area for a period of time. In some towns it is the law that you have to notify them. He didnt notify anybody. He knew exactly what was going to happen and why. I bet his only surprise was that it took 3 hours before the cops made contact with him. Oh and 1 more thing. He went to court about this and LOST!!!!!

      • Liz O’neill

        he broke NO law, NO one complained about him being there, only the rear and side windows were blacked out, for use in his job which is legal and he pays 3,000 in insurance for, his paper plates were LEGAL, and I can assure you, someone comes up on me with a gun drawn, for absolutely no reason, I’m going to yell for him to holster it as well, its ass hats like you, making excuses for the inexcusable, that allow this shit to keep happening, this runt of a cop is crazy, its only a matter of time till he murders an innocent citizen, you can just hope its not you or a family member.

        • Ken Whalen

          Liz O’neill You may want to check your facts. All of the windows were blacked out. That is against the law in that area. His paper plates made it so the cop couldnt run the plate to see who owned it and any other info that he would be able to get from registration info. The truck was in the same spot for over 3 hours occupied by someone that clearly wasnt from that area. If these things wouldnt raise your suspicions then it is a good thing that you are not a cop. Clearly if you think this cop had no reason to have his gun drawn you called the wrong person an asshat.
          All this cop knew was that this truck had been sitting in the same spot for over 3 hours occupied by atleast 1 person that want from that area. He had no idea why this guy was there or how many people were in that truck. This could have been a PI or a bunch of people looking to rob a house or who knows what. Would you be brave enough to walk up to the truck not being ready for what you might find inside?

  • When conducting surveillance it is always wise to alert local authorities you are there. When they receive a call they will know in advance who you are, what you are driving and why you are there.

    Neighborhood watch programs usually know cars that belong there and when a car is sitting for hours it causes suspicion.

    When I did workers compensation investigations alerting them not only informed them but it allowed them to inform me if I was made.

    One time someone called and said a van was outside with people and guns. Since I called it in, they called me and told me allowing me to leave.

    Most investigators always call and inform local authorities. It protects them and informs cops.

    • JennaTrull

      It also invites certain kinds of cop to harass them. Some of them fucking haaaate private investigators. I wouldn’t trust the cops enough to be informing them of my whereabouts.

      • Sillywilly

        agreed, I have read stories of PI harassment.

      • I never had a issue and in fact they actually called me if someone called in on me.
        I had assignments all over LA county and never had a problem.
        But you are right it depends on the cop

    • Matthew Ortiz

      That is a Crock, LAPD would laugh if you called dispatch and tell them you are over watching a street on a Comp Case – it would not even get logged in.

      • meconiummm

        LAPD will not even collect evidence in murder cases. They don’t fucking care.

      • Not true! I always called in and they never harassed me. In fact when I needed to leave they showed up to insure I could.

        Depends on the officer. Not all of them are screwed up as well as not all investigators challenge a cops questions.

    • billdeserthills

      Maybe that varies by area, my PI’s have never volunteered any info to the police

    • Diana Baskin

      No one called and complained do how did the cop know how long he had been there. This officers could have investigated without being ready to kill. Why is it always the victims fault for not doing something. How many more freedoms do we have to give up to stay alive? Now we have to get permission to sit in our cars or notify someone of our intentions. What’s next?

  • jonn

    Uniformed chimp Plunkett was almost in a state of blood lust! Did anyone see the expression on his face, his eyes?
    If not for the other deputy, this P.I. would be dead now!
    Plunkett is a shooting waiting to happen.

    • Chris Mckay

      Still employed as a police officer he is

      • DevilsAdvocate

        That’s scary. It’s scarier that back-up weren’t rational enough to deal with Plunkett either.

        • Jordan Manicom

          Scary but not surprising, unfortunately

  • 1blueadept2

    how long is the public going to allow this? We outnumber them greatly.

    • billdeserthills

      The police only face one or a few folks at a time

      • Vincent D’Emidio

        I’m hip, they are cowards.

    • ben dover

      IM READY TO FIGHT BROTHER

    • meconiummm

      How long? Forever. Most of the public supports this. We even export this kind of treatment to the rest of the world.

      Can you think of a time in history when people did not enjoy oppressing others? That’s why there is no reason to think it’s coming in the future.

      • Vincent D’Emidio

        That’s why we need Socialism badly.

  • Vincent D’Emidio

    BLM — Blue Lives Murder

    • ContessaSharra

      You are being sarcastic, right?

      • Vincent D’Emidio

        Frankly, I’m not quite sure.

      • ranwolf76

        the only thing the “Thin Blue Line” ever protected were the bad cops

        • Six

          unfortunately… when the dept likes you.. they will cover for you. Good or bad!

      • Vincent D’Emidio

        I did reply, I don’t know what happened to it.
        Contessa, I have had a lot of bad experiences with cops, so I do not like them.However, if the cops knew that we the people will not stand for their disrespect anymore, then they might adjust their behavior…out of fear.

  • I wonder if that cop could pass a drug test? I doubt it. He’s ready to kill, look at the gun shake, Dangerous cop for sure.

  • Guy

    You America, let the Departments Hire, Train & Then Release, these incompetent and unskilled police on you, with guns on there hips and the mindset that they are, “Ranger Rick’s” here to protect and serve, themselves and there brotherhood !

    I would be down to the next City Council Meeting talking with the Mayor, demanding accountability, while visiting with the Police Chief as well, to convince him that his officers are out of control and a liability to the Citizens of the Community !

  • Matthew Ortiz

    818-353-6305
    818-767-7625
    Deputy Tai A. Plunkett
    9717 La Tuna Canyon Road
    Sun Valley , CA

    Call this Prick at home and ask for his BADGE. Tell his wife Stacie to give him some #a%@ every now and then, HE IS TOO uptight to own a gun.

    • wraith420

      You sir are fucking awesome! lmao this should happen to all the ass holes out there that act like this plunkett prick!

      • Nina

        No one says this when they kill us..This is awful….. our families are affected when a trigger happy nervous cop shoots …….. but that doesn’t matter….. HE needs to be exposed. The women that KNEW their men bombed 16th street church didn’t care. I can assure you his family totally supports his madness…watch the footage of happy faces knowing they murdered our children. The women on the recordING should be exposed too….. JUST WRONG AND EVIL….

        • Ken Whalen

          Why would you intentionally make a cop nervous? That is exactly what this guy did just so he could make a youtube video.

        • osric

          It sounds as if it always has to be we against them and it does not matter whether it is right or wrong.

    • Glenn Boyden

      @disqus_QWddTogazu:disqus You may have had very good intentions here, but doxing his information is dangerous and illegal. I really recommend you removing this information so that you do not become liable if anything were to happen. I also am upset at the video and hope that justice comes his way, but this is not the way to do it. Take care.

      • I agree. We can demand his badge but lets leave his family out of this.

      • Wallace Wallets

        when a cop murders someone they’re involving the victim’s family..

        can’t be afraid when the stormtroopers show up..

      • marc

        Stop being a putz and STFU already. I personally have shared this info with a tonne of people already. This human piece of garbage deserves street justice.

        • Glenn Boyden

          Hey, no need to be rude with me. I just wanted you to stay clear of legal issues. Best to share this information anonymously to avoid a lot of trouble. I agree that he deserves justice. I just do not want to see you get in legal trouble over it. Good luck and stay safe.

        • Moli926

          He is only trying to protect YOU from legal ramifications. Please understand it it illegal to dox someone. If he or someone gets hurt as a result of his personal information being provided you will be prosecuted.

          • Moli926

            He meaning the wannabe cop.

    • Six

      the real MVP!!!

    • TourproJ

      Holy shit, that’s just a few miles from me. I’m probably gonna be shot by him.

    • Chino

      You the man

  • vfrifr

    And 19 days later he was off duty saving a woman’s life.

    http://www.latimes.com/tn-gnp-me-medal-20140322-story.html

    The majority of you would have gotten in your cars and ignored the woman’s screams. Just fess up to being a pussy and move on.

    • Blaine

      Well done!

      He should trade in his badge and gun for a mask and cape so when he screws up the only people getting hurt will be him, and no one will have their rights violated under color of law.

    • dagg_12

      So that excuses his behavior here? I bought an elderly ladyou groceries once, that means I’m entitled to at least one brandishing. Don’t be a dope and bring up something non related. You don’t think he did anything wrong here?

    • wraith420

      your the type of person that would fondle a cops balls if they asked you too and not even ask why ! you spineless cuck!

    • Jim S

      You must be a relative, huh?

  • Duende Brooks

    Who is the jury that didn’t find anything wrong, we should start exposing them.

    • Ken Whalen

      Dont you think you should have some idea what evidence they saw before you break a federal law?

  • Viet Nguyen

    The first problem is that the guy was unneccessarily talking too much. Talking a lot ALWAYS escalates the situation.

    Then he questioned the officer’s practice. Telling a police officer what to do such as holster his weapon or ask him to call his supervisor is ALWAYS a bad move. He’s not a clerk with a manager.

    The problem with the public is people tend to challenge an officer’s authority. How can you expect a cop do his job if you disqualify his rightful authority.

    Ok you know who you are and you are not a threat, but please a police officer do not know that. In a society where everyone can have a gun it’s reasonable to expect a police officer treat every encounter as a threat.

    • John Cokos

      Where is the evidence of “rightful authority” ? It’s a Legal Fiction backed up by a weapon. Show me the PROOF that outside of a weapon and the use of force, that there is such a thing.

      • Viet Nguyen

        When a police officer approach you, it means HE has something with you NOT that you have something with him, so is it right just to let him charge first then you politely answer his questions briefly to the point, helping him clear the air then you go your way, he goes his way? Is that simple enough? Well unless YOU have something with him.

        This is what I mean “rightful authority”, because it’s still so hard for many people to do such a simple thing like this, like this man in the video, he wanted to do the police’s job.

        What happens if you do everything he says and he still proceeds to take you in. There’s no point to fight back because it gets worse. If you believe it’s unfair and unjustified you can later file a complaint with all the evidence you have BUT in an office not on the street.

        • marymargaret1

          So,the rights that Americans are supposed to have don’t apply here? The man did nothing wrong. Nothing. The cop was unstable and is in need of a different kind of job.

          • Viet Nguyen

            You said the man did nothing wrong, but that was from this man point of view. The officer wasn’t sure about that and that he needed to find out. There are a lot of reasons for an officer to approach a car with gun in hand, we can ask the police department about that.

            Can you tell me what I wrote that make you think that it violates an American rights?

          • wraith420

            he asked for the officer to call his watch commander which is his right and officer should have done! his ass got hurt cause the guy knew his rights… hes a PI and probably knows more about rights then that P.O.S so-called cop! They love to interact with people like you, ask no questions just do what your told no matter what that may mean! smh

          • Christopher Hintz

            You do realize that cops arent allowed to fish for reason to charge a person. If the officer has no articulable reason for the stop and sorry but him being there in his car is not suspicion of a crime. The pi was well within in his rights to tell the cop tp holster his weapon. He assaulted the man by touching him for no reason. Go read the 4th the 5th amendments the read the 1st. Then go read title 18 section 242 of the federal code.

          • ContessaSharra

            This cops “personal needs” along with his sad and pathetic ego trip are a far cry from what the law allows these bitches to do.

            This is a sick and scared VERY little man that should perhaps go clean porta-potties for a living and avoid most human contact or public contact.

          • Just Me

            why was the cop bothering the man?

        • If he would have gotten out of that car there would have been no later. His life was over. That cop wanted to shoot him period point blank.

          • Viet Nguyen

            Why would you want to get out of your car when an officer is approaching you? Are you aware that getting out of a car is red alert? Yes I’m sure that any officer will be ready to fire if you attempt to get out of your car. I urge you to watch this video of cops being killed at point blank and you will understand how dangerous it is for you to get out of your car. Please stay in the car and wait for the officer to resolve any issue he has with you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PSE-EBKPls

        • John Cokos

          Viet old boy: Let me run this down for you. Your response is what I like to refer to as a ” COP SCRIPT”, based on nothing more than Ipse dixit ” Because I said so”.
          You still haven’t articulate why I’m required to voluntary cooperate or submit to this “rightful authority” that you claim exists
          I am required and bound by found law to remain silent, answer no questions until a charge is levied: in short “dummy up”.
          The only requirement I’m aware of in AFTER being placed in Custodial Arrest is for Identification. I don’t carry any, you’ll need to work for that.
          This is why I’m not a Cop, and YOU probably are.
          I don’t live in the world of legal fiction.
          You still haven’t produced the evidence to support your claim.
          Don’t run down Department procedures, etc, etc on me. They are Internal, not based on law. Your advice to follow the prescribed INTERNAL PROCEDURES are useless. I wrote the Definitive Manual on this.Called it INTERNAL AFFAIRS FOR DUMMIES.

    • This officer was looking for a kill. He did not even give a damn what was going on. He had no reason to approach. He was not bothering anyone and had not been reported for anything. And if you feel there is an injustice you have the right to ask for his commander. If he had gotten out of the car at that time he would be dead. Maybe not you but this guy was looking to kill. He did not even give him a command and immediately grabbed his arm. And he wanted the blood he could taste it. Even when the cop over him tried to back him away he was determined to keep that gun pointed at that mans head. This was not reasonable at all sir

      • Viet Nguyen

        I’ve learned that we must hear two side of any stories. All you heard from the man is that he was doing nothing wrong. From this point of view YES But think of the officer’s point of view. Could he know for sure that the man was doing nothing wrong prior approaching the man? NO so he had to reach the man to find out, and we don’t know what made the officer approaching the car with gun in hand, I don’t want to speculate but there are reasons for that (suggestion maybe we should asks the police what often makes them to decide to approach a car with gun). But he did not point the gun at the man. It’s the man reaction that caused the officer to do that

        • Christopher Hintz

          Its on video we saw both side then we saw the other officers conspire to Continue to violate this mans rights.

          • ContessaSharra

            I believe Mr. Nguyen is suffering from a cultural point of view and a history of authoritarianism being used against him.

          • Ken Whalen

            I think he suffers from a severe case of common sense . Of course there are those that dont need to no the full story to determine the truth. Then again there are those that just hate cops and take every opportunity to discredit all of law enforcement as a whole. There are also those that hate cops because they are on the other side of the law and that makes cops their enemies. Which one are you?

        • Just Me

          I bet the gun was drawn cause the driver is black

        • Jim S

          You’re a special kind of stupid. Another cop apologist.

      • Ken Whalen

        Do you somehow think his bullet wouldnt go past the rolled down window? If he really wanted to kill that guy he would be dead.

    • GrkStav

      “The problem with the public is people tend to challenge an officer’s authority. How can you expect a cop do his job if you disqualify his rightful authority.”

      Ok, spell out what qualifies as “the public” “challeng[ing] an officer’s authority”.

      What does “disqualify his [the officer’s] rightful authority” even mean?

      Had the P.I. said the ‘magic words’ (Deputy, could you please holster your weapon?), do you think the Deputy would’ve gone ‘easy’ on him?

      • Ken Whalen

        If the PI said the magic words”I am a PI doing surveillance” you would have never seen this video and that is why he didnt say it.

  • John Cokos

    Sheppard will probably fare better on appeal. That’s what this game is about. Once you get away from the local corruption and sympathetic juries who still believe the Myth of Law Enforcement, your chances go up dramatically of a reversal…

    • wraith420

      i sure hope he does! it blows my mind he lost the 1st one but surely the next will be victory for him and hopefully every cop in those videos loses their job!

  • SnazzyO

    Another unnecessary escalation. THANKFULLY no one was shot this time. And while I put the bulk of the blame on the police office, I think the PI should also have culpability for some of his responses, which I believe DID contribute to the escalation. Specifically, it was the PI’s immediate “holster your weapon” COMMAND, that contributed. That and calling for the watch supervisor and refusing to answer questions. NONE of that was illegal by the PI but it did contribute.

    Again, the blame goes IMO on the police officer but the PI could have deescalated and didn’t.

    • ♓Ξ▲ѴƳ Ƙ∆RM∆~Ð∈ßϯ SᏝ▲V∈

      The whole entire time with that citizens hands in complete clear view NEVER was it necessary for that deranged Cop to have had his gun fixed so close to this non-violent persons head with his finger on what could have been a hair trigger. Then when all the other Cops show up he still continues to point his gun with his finger on the hair trigger like he justified in doing so. This is a killer cop who is just salivating for his next kill. I say “next kill” because I guarantee you he has killed many dogs and/or other small animals in his lifetime. He had serial killer written all over his sick and twisted looking facial expression.

    • wraith420

      Wow are you serious? even though you say you put most of the blame on the officer people like you are why these officers did not face any consequences and actually won the court case! Just like another poster said this guy was just mad cause the PI didnt bow to him and we as citizens are not required to! a cop does not have the right to pull a gun on a citizen that shows a little bit of an attitude”which i believe thats what you are trying to say here” The PI seen that the cop was shaking and did exactly what any innocent person would do when having a gun cocked and pointed at your head with a trembling finger on the trigger… tell him to put that shit away! by the way people like you piss me off, i bet you would drop your pants and spread your cheeks and not ask one question as too why at simple check point if a cop asked you too

      • Just Me

        I’ve see plenty of vids with whites giving cops attitude and nothing happens to them

  • ben dover

    I PRAY SOMEONE KILLS THAT PIG

  • Viet Nguyen

    I absolutely agree with all your points stating the 4th Amendment. The Amendment is absolutely necessary to protect us from crooked cops. But look, here I see so many things wrong with this man, put yourself in the position of the cop and you will see it.

    I have two things I would like to ask you to do. First (1), imagine you were the police officer and see what’s on your mind? Second (2), imagine you were the man, would you behave like him?

    First, if you were a police officer, would you get suspicious and be cautious at a car with tinted windows(1). I definitely would and I should as I have no idea what is waiting for me behind that tinted glass. That’s why gun out of holster but NOT pointing at the driver. The cop was just reasonably cautious for his own protection.

    Second(1)(2), the driver made the first move. This is not good. He told the officer to holster his weapon and asked him “What can I do for you?”. This is worse. You were the officer, you get suspicious at the car, you approach it with gun in hand and then the driver tell you to put your gun away and ask you what can he do for you? WHAT? is it wrong enough? does it trigger some alarm to you? your suspect is just trying to show you who’s the boss, who’s in charge, how do you feel now? your suspect just treat you a police officer like his customer “what can I do for you?”

    Let me tell you this, when a police officer approach you, it means HE has something with you NOT that you have something with him, so is it right just to let him charge first then you politely answer his questions briefly to the point, helping him clear the air then you go your way, he goes his way? Is that simple enough? Well unless YOU have something with him.

    (2)Look at the way he sticked his arm out of the window and gesturing his hand at the police officer, he unconsciously created a barrier between himself and the officer, he clearly had something. I have no reason to behave like that when an officer approach me.

    (2)Now, you were the police officer and your suspect is telling you not need to worry because he is having both hands in clear sight, does it sound wrong to you?

    (1)If you were a police officer, would you make your decision based on your observation or from a lousy mouth telling you that there’s nothing wrong? I think now you understand that you should stop all the unnecessary talking to an officer, because not only it doesn’t matter but it also gets worse. The officer has all the right reason to believe that you’re trying to distract him from something else.

    There’s much more to see to the end of the video but it’s getting too long for a post.

    I’m telling you, this man is devious and evil. He knows he can legitimately taunt a law enforcement officer and get away with it and get sympathized with doing it.

    • ♓Ξ▲ѴƳ Ƙ∆RM∆~Ð∈ßϯ SᏝ▲V∈

      So all windowless vans, and cars which could have a person sitting on the backseat floor with a gun should be approached the very same way that this so-called public servant police officer did to this vehicle. So the citizen asks “what can I do for you” because it is obvious that the cop with his gun out of his holster is seemingly looking for a violent criminal. “What can I do for you” is NOT an unreasonable question given the circumstances. This overly suspicious cop is a direct threat to a civilized society of road travelers. If he is so worried about a highly suspicious vehicle in the area he could have waited for back-up to arrive. This Cops is nuts, plain and simple.

      • Just Me

        if was he that scared he should’ve waited until back up arrived

    • Bobby Rock

      You can be ignorant all you want but to say this guy is wrong because you wouldn’t have handled it that way? Aren’t you privileged. He DOES have a reason for “creating a barrier” and asking the officer to put his gun down. Being a black male is enough. Why would Sheppard tell the cop that his hands are in clear sight? How about so the fidgety trigger happy goon doesn’t unload on him for some false perceived threat? You clearly don’t know what it’s like for an innocent black male who’s presumed to be guilty, armed, and deadly at all times to be confronted by a cop.

      For you to honestly say that this guy was taunting the officer rather than trying to get out of the situation alive… you’re probably a cop yourself. Keep defending your thin blue line at the expense of the people you don’t deem worthy of your protection.

      • wraith420

        Bravo sir1 i was thinking the same thing this guy is a cop! who else would defend these actions when the video clearly shows this cuck was out of line?

    • Rick Beauford

      VN you sicken me! It’s not alright for a cop, because he’s fearful, biased, under-trained, and unqualified to demand that law abiding citizens surrender their rights, AND their dignity to placate his insecurities! I expect him and every other cop to do their job in a professional, efficient manner that doesn’t trample or encroach on others rights. IF you don’t, then you’re part of the problem! Someone a lot wiser than you once said “If you are comfortable with my oppression, then YOU are my oppressor!”

      • wraith420

        oh shit very nice! im pretty for sure this asshole is a cop himself nobody in their right mind other than another cop would defend this BS! im definitely gonna have to use your whole statement at some point cause that shit is fire! lol

        • Rick Beauford

          You’ve probably nailed it on the head about him being a cop, too! And thx bro, you’re welcome to borrow that any time it’s necessary. Too many times we don’t speak out against ignorance. prejudice & hatred. Therefore letting it spread unchecked! Stand strong, & stay vigilant, my brother!

    • Christopher Hintz

      He xan legitimately taunt any officer. It is called freedom of speech you ignoramous. He can flip the bird, tell the cop play hide and go f%ck himself, suck his wang, why dont you put that gun in your mouth and pull the tigger,etc. He has the right to and has been ruled so by the 9th curcuit court and the supreme court of the US. As long as he doesnt threaten the cop with physical harm he is free to say what he wants. Even with a nasty attitude which this pi didnt even do. He was for the most part polite but firm. The cop should learn from the pi. What crime did the pi commit? Bet you cant answer that.

      • Just Me

        second video showing cops fishing for a crime

      • Ken Whalen

        The first law he broke (seeing that you know the law) was that he didnt follow the lawful order of a police officer. It is assholes like you that think abusing a cop is fun and is an exceptable thing to do that is the cause of the problems that we have now. It is also a chickenshit way to stroke you ego

    • Ken Whalen

      You lost him when you told him to put himself in the cops place.Oh and now he and some other guy think your a cop. I guess if you try to see things from both sides you must be a cop. You just have to understand that there are people out there that hate cops and will take every opportunity to discredit them. These people dont need all of the info they only need info that makes the cop look bad. Most of these people have a reason to hate cops.I think the reason is obvious.

  • ♓Ξ▲ѴƳ Ƙ∆RM∆~Ð∈ßϯ SᏝ▲V∈

    “Trigger Happy Cop” is a very good way to describe this authoritarian command and control cowardly paranoid Cop who is more then “happy” to keep his itchy “lust for the easy kill” trigger finger on the trigger of his gun pointed only 14 inches from the compliant citizens head.

  • djcisco

    This is the LA Sheriffs Officer Phone Number Please call and voice your opinion I just called and they said he still works there The LA County Sheriff 818-248-3464 Hes name is Officer Plunkett.

    • Samnold Telfort

      this

  • Diana Baskin

    They made up charges to harass this man. I am almost afraid to leave my house at this point. I don’t trust any police and will never call them to my house for anything. I will take my chances on the other criminals. This just makes me sick. If there are any good cops where are they?

  • ZombieStomp

    The P.I. had the misfortune of making the acquaintance of disrespectful low I.Q. non thinking undiscerning and consequently dangerous automotons. They didn’t even have the brains to know they were being documented live. Ruling in their favor is a corrupt farce.

    • ContessaSharra

      Plus this sort of behavior just made it much simpler for disability cheats to keep on cheating… maybe these deputies were being paid off by the guy being investigated!

      • ZombieStomp

        It’s not your first time around the bush I see. You wisely remind that there are ll sorts of scams being run by all sorts of folks in all kinds of places. Follow the bank credits and debits.

  • Schmice

    So, what was the upshot? Did they blow his cover? Did he pay the tinted window ticket?

  • Dennis Spears

    This cop needs TRAINING!!! He should NEVER have his finger on that trigger till he pulls it!!! This is total lack of training!

    • Just Me

      he needs to be taken off the force

    • No, he needs to be fired!

  • Gordon Klock

    Stupid cop was fixing to shoot him because he could not instantly ‘take charge’ of the situation, dealing with someone of superior intelligence, clearly unsettled him, (& probably made him feel childishly resentful,)….reminds me of a slightly older video of a similarly dumb cop pulling his gun on a harmless innocent videorecording him driving by, from his own front yard, with similar awkward, childish, reasoning for doing so..how many people are getting shot by such stupid assholes that we don’t know or hear about ???
    “Please, just let me tase him” ??? (That statement says an awful lot, right there)……

  • David Christie

    Fucking Chicken Shit Barney Fife wannabe with his finger on the trigger. He’s so eager to kill someone he’s about to soil himself.

  • David Christie

    Well.. Let’s see.. What do we consistently learn from all the cops’ snuff videos: 1) Cops are cowards – Cops are ready to shoot first Given any doubt at all, they’ll simply shoot to kill rather than place themselves at risk. 2) Cops are stupid – Cops aren’t required to get a higher education. Many of them have no more than a GED. 3) Cops are neurotic and pathological – Many, if not most, cops have a need for others to fear and grovel to their authority. They need to compensate for low self esteem. And they have low self esteem for good reasons – which is that they have serious character flaws to start. 4) Cops are corrupt
    – What better position for a criminal to be in than to be a cop? It’s the absolute dream job for a criminal and doesn’t get any better. 5) Cops are dehumanized and amoral- This is why cops are recruited from the military. They have little or no respect for human life. All it takes for a cop to start murdering people like a killer robot is an order from a superior officer or a an excuse opportunity. There’s no fear of accountability.

  • AshenTech

    how do they get these verdicts?

    easy, you screen the jury and keep the conservatives, who are much more likely to have the view that police can NEVER be at fault or wrong in any situation, i can tell you what they said, he should have told them everything what he was doing and who he was working for and anything else they wanted to know, and shouldnt have driven his new vehicle till the metal plates came in, i mean, most of these cops are fine, upstanding, Kind Kompationate Konservative Christians who are always “just doing their jobs” in the eyes of authoritarian conservatives…..

    i dont hate all cops, i dont trust cops, because cops i know and have known for decades have drilled it into their non-cop friends, “never trust a cop, we are trained to lie to you”

  • Sylvia

    WOW, Now they are actually trying to make up charges against him. Every cop that is NOT crooked or trigger happy should be embarrassed by this mess

  • SICKOFTHELAPDOGMEDIA

    Commiefornia

  • Aleck Lezhebokoff

    I scrolled the whole page down and did not find a single intelligent comment… finally got tired of scrolling. A couple of comments are definitely worth reporting to FBI though for being a little bit too far on the other side of the First Amendment.

    So. Are tinted windows legal or not in that jurisdiction? It is a simple question.

    • ContessaSharra

      Soviet Immigrant family?

    • Ken Whalen

      Aleck Lezhebokoff It doesnt make a difference if the tint was illegal or not. The fact that he had tinted windows made it impossible for the cop to see if anyone else was in the truck. Legal or not that raises the threat level to the cop. The cop didnt just stop by to chat with this guy. He had concerns that there was a truck with tinted windows and paper plates on the side of the road occupied by a black man in an all white neighborhood. Was one of the reasons the cop checked him because he was black—ABSOLUTELY If a black person is in a white neighborhood he will draw attention. Facts are facts. The attention isnt “he is black he must be up to something” It is he is black and probably not from this neighborhood, what is he doing here.

  • Jynxster

    That is one of those cops that deserve to have the shit kicked out of him or shot, he is obviously a dangerous trigger happy psychopath, he really wanted to shoot this guy.

  • Just Me

    WEall need voice command cameras on our vhicles live streaming to a secure server time and location stamped so it films any encounter with the thugs who call themselves police

  • Cliff Duyn

    Need to fire all these fools.

  • The body cam named Ken Sheppard Video #2 is obviously loose and flopping around. This has to be done to deliberately make the video useless whenever there is movement — such as when they are beating or shooting someone. When the female cop walks it hangs so badly you only see her feet walking on the ground. At 6:23 it is so loose it has gotten turned upside down as she sits. Her arm is across the bottom and her belt across the top. These cops deliberately wear their body cam so its footage doesn’t show what they are doing!

  • Dealing with a crooked cop…assumes if you call more cops they’ll help the situation…finds out theyre all crooked. #KeepThoseCamerasRollin

  • Jamalc

    Look at Plunkett’s throbbing jaw muscles.. dude was literally chomping at the bit.

  • Nick Smith

    While I think the cop was definitely out of line, the guy in the Tahoe should know that it is illegal to have your front windows tinted completely.

  • This shows the problem within PDs across this country. The good cops let the bad cops run wild. I cannot believe the jury favored the Sheriff’s dept. What a bunch of idiots!

    I respect and admire law enforcement and they are needed but we need to our PDs of officers like Plunkett. Disgraceful!

    • Ken Whalen

      Frank White I have to ask you what evidence was shown to the jury that isnt in this video? Please fill me in.

      • Not sure. I havent read the court docs but from this video alone, his constitutional rights were violated.

        • Ken Whalen

          If you dont know what all of the evidence is how can you make a decision on any part of the case?

          • Can you justify the actions of the officers based on the video evidence?

          • Ken Whalen

            No thats why you have to know the whole story before you can make ANY call . You see this guys side of the story and think you know what happened. Watch the video and tell me what you see.

  • David Marchetti

    Public Safety – police, firemen, security, correctional officers, probation officers, don’s care if you are offended, or that your feelings are hurt, or you feel picked on, or what rights you think you have or assume, dauh. Someone with a badge says ” drop the gun ” best drop it or you might end up dead. No, you do not have a right to do as your wish or want at a scene, another way to get shot – people are this stupid and ignorant…
    Police the Police will post this crap, and other civilians will share it as they don’t know any better! and they all end up looking less than intelligent when they do….its seems our nation has raised several generations of dumb asses! they know nothing of the laws, nothing about public safety procedure, or much of anything else, but they will condemn the cops…lol really? This video is a fine example of misleading the highly gullible and knowledgeable.

    ( a ) Under what conditions was the approach made, ( b ) was their a prior complaint they were investigating, I bet he was called in as a stalker based on the video. Thus, I’d use great caution too, you don’t know their intent and they are a viable criminal suspect that might be armed.

    ( c ) not his job to tell the cop to do anything, at the scene he is not in charge of shit.
    ( d ) if he’s a Private Investigator or Bounty Hunter he should immediately identify himself as such most states require it by law, as for grabbing the suspects hand or wrist it’s a safety measure a hand can grab a weapon in less than 10 seconds, the second the cop said ” step out for me ” and he failed, hes now got a problem for not complying with the directive

    ( in my state ) 53a-167a. Interfering with an officer: Class A misdemeanor. (a) A person is guilty of interfering with an officer when such person obstructs, resists, hinders or endangers any peace officer or firefighter in the performance of such peace officer’s or firefighter’s duties. BINGO YOU ARE LEGALLY SCREWED! you just committed an arrestable offense.

    He does not care about other deputies or federal court, or lawsuits, or anything else at that time, he’s concerned about his own safety, not what you want or what rights you think you have…

    Viewers can’t see what he’s doing with his other hand…he could be moving it. legal justification to draw a weapon in his place.

    ( Disrespectful ) He does not care or give a shit if you feel disrespected lol

    ( in my state ) Oh so he is a private investigator – HE JUST LOST HIS LICENSE! and he will be arrested. (4) the licensee has demonstrated incompetence or untrustworthiness in the conduct of the business; Should have just flashed his state issued identification card, or he was acting as a private investigator illegally….that’s an arrestable offense too. If you don’t know your state laws, don’t comment as your a half wit at best…

    • I agree with some of the points you made but the rest I dont. I know first and foremost that cops are real people with real problems, just like doctors, judges, teachers, firefighters, pilots. There has got to be a better evaluation system put in place that weeds out the ones who can’t handle these situations, or the ones that are not mentally strong enough to handle the stress.

  • kwkr

    What is even worse than these ass holes is after seeing this evidence a jury sided WITH the sheriffs office! Damn! Even with PROOF! So there are 12 more dangerous morons besides these 4.Unfuckingbelievable

    • Ken Whalen

      kwkr You know whats worse than that? Assholes that have only seen one side of the evidence that condemn without the facts to back themselves up.

  • Wallace Wallets

    “a jury last week found in favor of the sheriff’s department.”

    ^^^^ THIS is the bigger issue at hand..

    who is seated on these juries?? how can they justify the police department is just in this situation??

    • Ken Whalen

      Wallace. Do you have any idea how a jury is picked? Also you got to see this guys side of the story. How much do you know of the whole story? The jury gets both sides of the story so I can only imagine that they know more about it than you do.

      • Wallace Wallets

        i know how juries are picked.. and they would know more than both of US..

        do you have any idea how it feels to be swarmed by cops (on more than one occasion) only for them to find nothing wrong (on every occasion)..

        so what evidence was presented that would outweigh this video other than the video being deemed inadmissible.. then it’s the cop’s word against mr sheppard… which obviously resulted in the cop getting off.

        • Ken Whalen

          Wow are you misinformed or what? Where did you get that the videos was inadmissible? The jury got to hear why the cop approached the guy . The guy had been sitting there in a truck with blacked out windows for over 3 hours . He was a black guy in an almost all white neighborhood. It was clear to the cop that he wasnt from that area and he couldnt see into the truck so he had no idea if there were others in the truck. Now any cop that was doing his job would want to know why this guy was sitting in his truck in the same place for 3 hours. In this case the cop had reason to approach the guy just because he had blacked out windows , which is a violation. Because the truck had been sitting there for over 3 hours and he couldnt see into it because of the blacked out windows he chose approach with his weapon at his side where he kept it until the guy moved his left hand to the side of his head. When the cop got to the window he asked the guy what he was doing there and the guy said working. The cop even asked him if he was a PI and the guy wouldnt answer him. This was before the cop pointed his gun at the guy. That covers the cop. Now lets look at the PI. He is a high profile PI and knows the laws. He knows blacked out windows are a violation and will attract the attention of the police. He knows that if he is seen sitting in one place for hours that the cops are going to want to know what he is doing there. As the cop approached the truck the guy kept yelling at him to holster his weapon. NO cop would have done that until he knew there was no threat. By telling him to holster his weapon it only heightens his concern. The guy had a camera ready to film what was about to happen. This wasnt the PI’s first case, he knew exactly what was about to happen. He set this cop up.
          Now how could this have all been avoided? First if the PI would have informed the cops that he would be doing surveillance in that area they probably wouldnt have even stopped to talk to him. Notifying the local cops is a common practice so it doesnt raise the concern of the cops. HE DIDNT. If he would have just told the cop what he was doing there it would have defused the situation. HE DIDNT. Of course if he would have done either of these things he wouldnt have been able to make his Youtube video. This guy isnt some poor innocent black guy that the cops were picking on. He is a publicity seeking guy that knew exactly what he was doing and the jury figured that out. It was a very dangerous game he was playing just to get some publicity.

  • PĐỗ

    Appears this officer suffers from PTSD from the incident stated in this article. http://www.latimes.com/tn-gnp-me-medal-20140322-story.html, he should not be handling a firearm inappropriately like that in his line of work.

  • John Cokos

    SHAKES THE COP…..and he’s not clowning around.

  • Jim S
  • marc

    818-353-6305
    818-767-7625
    Deputy Tai A. Plunkett
    9717 La Tuna Canyon Road
    Sun Valley , CA

  • Glh

    So these “cops” have cameras with mics on their person as part of their uniform and still want to huddle up and conspire against an innocent man.???…… yet in still the courts ruled in the officers’ favor….. this world and the state it is in is very sad and disheartening

  • Mark

    wow. They found in favor of the cops??? lol. That blatant protection of a bad cop who obviously is a coward is what is going to set off the next civil war in America. If you are a coward, don’t go join the police force. If you hate another race, don’t join the police force.

  • noway123456789

    If the cops in the United States of America keep this up, they will have a massive, violent, and possibly deadly uprising on their hands.

    And it will be all their own fault.

    Slowly but surely it is dawning on the American people that cops are the enemy – not the friend.

  • Isaac Fast

    A local jury may have found this cop to be innocent, but, what are the chances of a federal lawsuit?

    • Ken Whalen

      Isaac what would the charges be? If you provoke a situation you are responsible for the outcome. I think the guy should be charged.

  • Nitin Raval

    Are the US police such cowards?

    • MCS

      It’s not about being a coward, it’s about surviving. As tough as you appear to be, you would leave your service weapon at home. Not everyone is as macho as you are.

      • Ken Whalen

        MCS Either Nitin wouldnt last long or he would change his mind if he were a cop.

  • Jim Power

    I love how the writer of this article just makes shit up. To name just one, the officers did not approach with weapons drawn. They approached with their hands on their holstered weapons…the way they approach every single other vehicle….particularly one with heavily tinted windows.

    • Dk92

      No, they do not approach every vehicle with their hand on their holstered weapon. Plus ” the way they approach every single other vehicle….particularly one with heavily tinted windows” is redundant.

      • Ken Whalen

        Dk92 I have to disagree. I have never been stopped anywhere and had the cop approach without his had on his weapon. I drove tractor trailer for years and was stopped many times and never had a cop approach without his hand on his weapon. IM white.

  • UdonNo

    THE FEAR OF A BLACK MAN IS SO ABSURD,,, GIVEN THE FACT THAT WHITES KILL MORE WHITES THAN ANY BLACK WILL EVER DO.

    BLACKS JUST KILL EACH OTHER OVER STUPID THINGS LIKE SNEAKERS AND JEWELRY. MOST ARE TOO SCARED TO KILL WHITES BECAUSE THEY KNOW FOR SURE THEY WILL GET CAUGHT OR SHOT.

    • MCS

      1. Check your facts. 2. If the only reason they don’t kill whitey is they will get caught or shot, then THAT is the problem. Try some higher thinking.

  • rickochey

    they are hispanics. Hispanics have a difficult time with the American laws. thats why they are illegals.

  • Frank

    all of the people here that immediately condemn the officers are grossly under-informed.

    Where I come from an officer sees tinted windows he/she is instantly on edge, you do not know what is hiding behind those windows.

    The PI also made a mistake of opening his window to confront the officer. I have had old family friends nearly shot because they weren’t prepared when the window opened.

    The reach which everyone says “CLEARLY” shows him reaching for his headset, I have seen enough makeshift holsters just above the seat belt port the the driver just has to reach behind his head for.

    He would not have gone through the trouble of the backup arriving had he had not moved unless the officer told him to. If he had waited with hands on the wheel, and did not act confrontational when the officer first answered the gun would have been holstered and a few questions later the officer would have left.

    The “Fabrication” of charges is false. If you listen closely, the charge are exactly what was reported to court. And the first officer on scene is the one who signs the citations unless that officer is handicapped in anyway. What you here is the officers going over the penal code to see what applies to the situation and what does not.

    The, just let me Tazer him is said in jest, as the officer did not seem to be near to PI. And before people talk about how officers shouldn’t joke on the job, they are people too, and they share the same dark humor us civilians. And just like most of the civilians, these officers wouldn’t pull it on him.

    Also, I just noticed that the article said the PI was “Profiled” if you have ever looked at proper dark-tinted windows, then you know why the officer is on edge, even in the daytime the most you can make out is a silhouette. Hence the reason such dark tint is illegal in most areas.

    Innocent? The moment he denied the officers lawful order immediately put him into criminal territory. If an officer gives you an order you are REQUIRED by Federal law to head the order.

    If I could I would put up a picture of a dark tinted Tahoe, my fathers actually, which is dark enough at 12 noon you can barely see him in the drivers seat and my cousin in the back. The way this article paints it, he had DARK tint, which is almost pitch black unless there is a powerful beam of light on it, within the vehicle, or you were to lean up on the window to peer in.

    His SUV would not have been searched if he had complied and did not remain confronting to the first officer. He would have been questioned, hav to explain what he was doing and why, and he would’ve been fine. But since he was confrontational the officer must react in a diffusing manner so the man does not lash out in any way.

    • Ken Whalen

      Frank this guy clearly baited the cop so he could make his youtube video. He was a seasoned PI and Im sure he knew exactly what was about to happen. He didnt bother to alert the local cops that he would be doing surveillance in the area. he wouldnt tell the first cop that he was a PI doing surveillance, which would have defused the situation. Paper plates, blacked out windows and on and on.

  • Patrick Hayden

    and this is the main reason we need the 2nd amendment… for when this becomes the norm.

  • YA #1 COKEBOY

    Sad

  • Ken Whalen

    This guy set the cop up. Why didnt he just tell the cop what he was doing there. Instead he tells the cop that he is working. The cop directly asks him if he is doing PI work and he still didnt tell him. When PI’s do surveillance they are supposed to tell the local cops that they will be in the area doing surveillance so shit like this doesnt happen. This guy was in an area where very few black people live driving a truck with blacked out windows and paper plates. He already had his cell phone camera going to film what was about to happen so he knew his actions were going to cause a reaction. As the cop walks up to the car he keeps yelling “Please holster your weapon” What cop is going to walk up to a truck like that, under those circumstances and put his gun away because the person he in checking tells him to? Remember he cant even see if this is the only person in the truck because of the tint. The guy is suppose to be afraid for his life yet he continues to be vague with his answers and continues to tell the cop what he wants the cop to do. Really???? If you are afraid for your life you would follow the instructions of the cop. If this guy would have just told the cop what he was really doing there (and not have waited until the sergeant got there and asked} he wouldnt have a video. These people are playing a dangerous game just so they can make a youtube video.

  • Heartless Wretch

    what is the name of the female officer who wanted to tase him ?

  • willerz

    If you are that scared of someone removing their ear piece, you do not need to be in a position that requires you to carry a weapon. You are clearly more dangerous to public welfare than the people you are arresting.

  • MCS

    Start your story where it works best for you. I usually greet the officer with “hello” or “how are you”, not “holster your weapon”. Sure, the pi did all the things he did, but he didn’t do one thing the officer asked him, he was asked to get out of the vehicle, then asked to put his hands on the steering wheel, dindo either. Cooperation goes a long way, paranoia does not.

    • Ken Whalen

      MCS this guy wouldnt even tell the cop he was a PI doing surveillance which would have defused the whole situation. He baited the cop so he could make a youtube video. Its a dangerous game.

  • Mark Morrison

    Holy shit.

    I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and this makes my blood boil. This moron broke every law of gun safety. That is how people get shot. And you had best believe if he did shoot him he would have gotten off. What a piece of garbage.

  • Reina Sandoval

    i think the guy should have just answered when he first asked him if he was PI and he should have stepped out when first asked. he should have just been more cooperative. granted it is well know the sheriffs dept has the majority of assbites on their force so why antagonize them. i went to school with a guy, whose girlfriend was my neighbor and he was an ass. he joined the sheriffs and killed some illegal aliens for no good reason along with some of his fellow assifers! thats why the PI lost in court. we all have to be very careful not to be doing anything that would have the police confront us. they no longer care about protect and serve the public.

    • Ken Whalen

      Reina I agree with you about “Why didnt the guy just answer when he was asked if he was a PI. I dont agree with your comment about them not wanting to serve and protect. The reason he stopped to question the guy was to see if he was taking part in some kind of criminal activity. He was trying to prevent crime. This cop was clearly nervous. Why would he put himself in a position of what he clearly perceived as dangerous if he wasnt trying to protect? If it were me and I didnt care about protecting the public I wouldnt put myself willingly into that position . I would be at the coffee shop

  • Ken Whalen

    Most of the people that are posting to this cant think for themselves.They look at a video and whatever the video tells them is the facts and all of the information they need to make an informed decision as to fault . This case went to court and 8 people after hearing ALL of the evidence (not just this guys side) found in favor of the cops. After you look at all of the info it becomes clear that this guy baited the cop so he could make a youtube video.

    • Blaine

      Bottom line, once the officer realized no crime was being committed, his RAS and probable cause went out the window. At that point he’d better have something else to work from.

      Yes the PI could have been more cordial, but he is not required to do so any more than the officer, who approached belligerently from the outset. Pulling the gun, finger on trigger, thumb in the path of the slide – this cop is menace.

      • Ken Whalen

        When exactly was it that the cop knew the guy wasnt part of a crime? Was it when the guy was yelling at him to holster his weapon or when he answered vaguely that he was working, when he could have just told the cop the real reason why he was there . If this guy would have notified the locals that he would be doing surveillance you would have never seen this video. If the guy would have told the cop why he was there when the cop asked him you would have never seen this video.This guy clearly baited the cop into taking action. If you think baiting a cop is ok then certainly you wouldnt have a problem with cops baiting citizens into doing something that would put them in jeopardy We pay these people to keep our neighborhoods safe and then we do everything we can to make it impossible for them to do it. Oh and then we bitch when they cant do it. I wonder what people would be saying if this cop saw the truck there and he did nothing. . Then we find out that the guy in the truck robbed and killed a family that he was watching. Let me tell you what would be said. That worthless cop was more interested in getting his donuts then he was to check this guy out. The cop clearly knew the truck didnt belong there and he did nothing. If he would have been doing his job that family would still be alive. Now tell me Im wrong!

        • Blaine

          He approached the vehicle to make an investigatory stop, or interview in this case. If the reason was to cite him for the tinted windows or how far he was from the curb then he should have written him up for it from the get-go. That would have involved license, registration., none of which the deputy requested – note how Plunkett went right to the Terry frisk by ordering Sheppard out of the car right off the bat. Where’s his RAS?

          Officer approached not with his hand on the gun, but with the gun in his hand. Sheppard should have ignored the unholstered firearm, but maybe his radar went off – Plunkett really doesn’t know what he’s doing with a handgun as proven later in the video.

          Sheppard should have gotten out of the car at the first request, but in reality his rights were being violated. Plunkett can only request that if he believes Sheppard might be a threat and have a weapon AND that a crime is about to be or is being committed – Plunkett still hadn’t asked for ID, registration. I chuckle as I type this, because we all know the LE will do what they want and everything short of “Now fellate me!” we are expected to acquiesce to – and some folks (not naming names here) might not even draw the line there.

          Then Plunkett placed his hand on Shappard, essentially he’s now officially detained for no reason. He refused to repeat his request (which Sheppard was likely willing to comply at this point), still didn’t ask for ID – now he’s ready to make an arrest, full search etc with absolutely zero RAS or probable cause other than the motorist asking for clarification to a single request and requesting the officer holster his weapon.

          But truth be told, Plunkett had no RAS once he began to conduct the interview. Sheppard even gave him a look inside the vehicle. So as far as “baiting” the officer I interpret this the other way. Plunkett approached with mild belligerence and increased within seconds even though it was pretty obvious he had misjudged the situation. Pointing a firearm at Sheppard’s head in this scenario cements the unprofessional and reckless conduct of the officer all the way around. If the gun had gone off, how would he have justified this?! He wouldn’t even be able to articulate why it was pointed at the motorist’s head, let alone how his finger worked its way inside the trigger guard!

          That’s what happens when you try to interact with some LE as an equal citizen – they don’t see it that way and are going to make sure something comes of it.

          • Ken Whalen

            That was a long winded waste of time. He didnt stop to ticket him for parking so I dont know why you wasted time with that. He wanted to find out why Sheppard was there. Sheppard had all blacked out windows and a paper plate that you cant just run and come back with the info and he is a black guy in an all white neighborhood. The only reason I mentioned that he was black is because it was an all white neighborhood and the cop knew he wasnt from that area. Now I would imagine that the cop had noticed that the truck had been there for sometime. Now if your going to tell me that if you lived in that neighborhood you wouldnt want to know why this guy was there then there is no point in going any further. I cant believe you are that stupid so I will continue. So the info that this cop has is.
            1 – there is a truck that has been sitting for a period of time with a black man in it.
            2- if this guy was a PI he would have let the locals know and he would have been told when he came on shift.
            3- the cop cant see inside the truck so he has no idea what he will find when he walks up to the truck.
            4- Running the plate to find out who may be in the truck wont work because there is a paper plate on it. For all this cop knows there could be a guy with a gun waiting for him.
            How comfortable would you be walking up to the driver.

          • Blaine

            1 – how long a period of time? In any event that’s not unlawful behavior. But OK – good enough to approach and ask some questions – none of which need to be answered anyway as long as the motorist provides ID, registration etc – “I don’t answer questions”

            2- The idea a PI is going to clue folks in on an investigation is idiotic – nor is he required to. Might as well let the folks he’s surveilling know he’s there as well.

            3- officer can’t see inside panel vans, delivery vans etc. Approaching with hand on gun maybe prudent, drawing weapon in absence of other factors is unprofessional and just plain stupid – guns in holsters are 100% safe – guns in hand are not.

            4- And yes, you can run the temporary tags – how else
            would you get insurance on the vehicle if it wasn’t in the system. It
            just takes a few extra minutes as some localities cannot run it from
            the vehicle – officer can call it in. Worse case they get the info from the dealer.

            Basically your entire argument is that Plunkett had RAS to investigate – and I agree. After that you seem to think Rights and laws no longer matter – Plunkett had a reason to take a look and anything he wants to do after that is somehow justified. I disagree.

            Once he made contact and it was reasonably obvious a crime was not in progress, Plunkett no longer had any cause to order Sheppard out of the vehicle, detain, search him, to search the vehicle, keep a loaded firearm in his hand, point a firearm at somebody’s head for removing an earpiece.

            And since they ultimately did come up with a handful of BS citations, that becomes the only outcome of the stop. In reality it is the only probable cause that ever existed.

          • Ken Whalen

            Ok we all know that he has the right not to answer questions. Heres the problem. What reason would someone have not to just say “Im a PI doing surveillance” ? This guy is a PI and has to deal with cop all of the time. What is the reason why this guy wouldnt want to have a respectful friendly relationship with the police. Let me tell you why. This guy had already had run ins with cops and took them to court. He was looking for another reason to take them to court and he got it. Unfortunately for him he lost.

          • Blaine

            I guess that’s your take and you’re entitled to it.

            From my POV, officer Plunkett could have easily changed the dynamic of the encounter by just behaving professionally from the outset. “Can I see your license and registration Sir? May I ask what you’re doing here?” Considering he’s speaking to someone who does not appear to be doing anything illegal, a citizen in a free country on public property. Plunkett put himself in this spot by ridiculously drawing his weapon on the approach, and then his ego wouldn’t allow him to holster it even when he no longer had ANY cause to keep it out.

            You realize PD didn’t ask for ID or registration once in the entire encounter?
            You realize there was zero evidence of a crime being committed?

            Sheppard was plenty respectful considering – PD shoot people all the time in this country, armed or no, under unclear circumstances – and had a legitimate reason to be nervous about Plunkett’s open display of firearm. Believe it or not, it isn’t legal or safe for cops to a wave a gun in anyone’s face whenever they feel like it, any more than it is for a private citizen with a CCP.

            He’s had previous run-ins because he understands his rights and the LE either don’t, or don’t give a crap about his rights (and neither do you or the “jury” that heard the case!).

          • Ken Whalen

            You somehow seem to thing that criminals look or act a certain way. Cops dont get do overs. To a cop or anybody else for that matter their live is more important that your especially if you are a criminal. If a cop walks up to a truck that has blacked out windows and there is a bad guy in that truck he will be dead before he can draw his weapon. He didnt know the guy or he wouldnt have bothered interacting with him. This cop sees a truck that he knows doesnt come from that area with blacked out windows that has been sitting there with a black man in it. I only mentioned black man because of the area they were in. He is going to walk up to a truck that he has no idea who or what is inside it because he cant see in it.If the guy would have filed the notification that he would be working in the area this wouldnt have been a problem. He cant even check the registration because it is a paper plate. This cop has no idea what he is walking into. Now you mentioned cops killing people. 99% of those people were armed and not following orders and some were outright fighting with the cops.Cop have been being killed by people forever. Anyway back to this cop. The only thing this cop could do with the info that he had was to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. If he walks up to the truck with his gun in his holster and there are one, two or five bad guys in the truck he would be dead before he could get his gun out of his holster. He draws his gun and starts to walk to the truck. As he starts to approach the truck the guy starts yelling for him to holster his weapon. Do you think a bad guy might be asking him to do the same thing? He wasnt stopping this guy for a traffic violation he wanted to know why the guy was sitting there so he asked him “what are you doing here” Now you say this guy is afraid he would be shot. If that were true he would have told the cop that he was a PI and doing surveillance and that would have defused the tension. Again if he would have notified the locals this wouldnt have been necessary. Instead he say that he is working. Thats not an answer someone afraid of being shot would say. You talk about the cops ego. Have you done any research on the PI. Ego doesnt start to describe him. This guy love to be in the news. Ok lets get to your last statement. You said ” LE either don’t, or don’t give a crap about his rights (and neither do you or the “jury” that heard the case” The cop at no time violated any of his rightsand you dont have a clue what the evidence was that the jury heard so how can you say that the jury didnt care about his rights. His lawyer had to approve the jury so if you dont like the decision then you have a problem with his lawyer and not the jury.

          • Blaine

            What do you mean by “notify the locals” – how and to whom is he supposed to notify his planned presence. What if he was following a suspected disability, SSI or SSD cheat and that’s where he had to set down for a few. Is he supposed to call 911 and report himself so some chickenshit deputy doesn’t blow his head off in the middle of a conversation with both his hands clearly visible. Do really think the 911 dispatcher would route his call to the local patrol? DO you really think dialing the non-emergency line will get the call picked up (try it sometime).

            Bottom line, private citizen + no obvious crime, no visible crime, no suspected crime that could be guessed at = no RAS + dangerous/unprofessional behavior by deputy = harassment by LE. Again, the deputy didn’t even ask for his ID.

            Also, it takes no more time to draw a gun from a holster than it does to bring it up from a low carry. Better in fact to draw from the holster as it keeps the hand firmly seated to the backstrap and a more positive hold – plus you don’t have look like a jerk-off when you realize you’re rolling up on a private citizen engaged in 100% legitimate activity.

          • Ken Whalen

            Are you on some kind of medication???? READ THIS SLOWLY IT MAY HELP YOU UNDERSTAND. He is a PI It is a common courtesy that PI’s do so that things like this dont happen. It makes life easier for everyone. In some cities it is required. Your talk about him having to call 911 is juvenile and that is all that needs to be said about that. Oh and did you hear he lost the case. Can you believe that there are people that heard all of the evidence that dont agree with you. I think I know why.

          • Blaine

            You are now making things up. PI’s are already licensed and have a host of regulations covering how they operate. Notifying the local PD of their location at any given moment isn’t on the list, despite your BS about “common courtesy”. I consider it a common courtesy that LE operate professionally, not everyone feels that way.

            It doesn’t surprise me at all that a good bunch of hero-worshiping folk used jury nullification to nix this lawsuit – or maybe Sheppard’s lawyer really did pooch the case. Courts often don’t get it right. As this situation clearly demonstrates, if your fellow citizens don’t give a crap about your rights, there isn’t a lot one can do about it.

            One more time- there was no evidence of a crime being committed, no evidence of one being planned, no evidence of criminal behavior. Once this is determined, LE no longer have any right to detain, arrest etc as they no longer have RAS and if they don’t even have that, they certainly don’t have probable cause.

            Detaining further is unconstitutional. Maybe you aren’t familiar with the guidelines for a Terry stop and frisk, or the 4th amendment in general – again, not surprising as most LE have only the vaguest notion of these things too. That’s why we’re squirming our way into a full blown police state where poorly trained public servants can handcuff you for asking they not behave in a dangerous or unconstitutional manner.

          • Ken Whalen

            Hey Blaine Ive done PI work and I know that I was required to notify the local cop. It isnt required in all cities and towns but even in those cities and towns it is a good practice so shit like this doesnt happen . So take your “I know everything attitude and stick it where it belongs. I didnt even bother to read past your first comment. The first comment contained enough bullshit to fill my quota for the day

          • Blaine

            Wow, not only are you a complete BS artist wannabe, you degenerate into lies and name calling. Yes, you’ve done PI work and had to notify local PD of your activities – its common practice for PIs to notify local PD of their activities. What a load and I’m calling you on it.

            As for the rest of this conversation and the videotape that started it, I advise you to read the Constitution, focus on the 4th Amendment, and go back and read the case history of Terry vs Ohio.

            Keep taking that social services test, I’m sure you’ll get into the Academy sooner or later.

          • Ken Whalen

            Look if you cant face facts the go fuck yourself. BYE YOU HAVE BEEN BLOCKED

          • Blaine

            If you’d ever had to call the police for help, you’d know just how silly is 95% of everything you’re saying on this topic.

          • Blaine

            And California law allows for 70% tint on front door windows – that’s pretty dark. You’ll notice deputy Plunkett didn’t mention that at all…

          • Ken Whalen

            I just had to go back and see what other stupid shit that you wrote. Here is the first one that stands out. “It doesn’t surprise me at all that a good bunch of hero-worshiping folk used jury nullification to nix this lawsuit ” His lawyer approved each and every one of the jurors. I didnt have to look far to find the second one.
            “Courts often don’t get it right. As this situation clearly demonstrates, if your fellow citizens don’t give a crap about your rights, there isn’t a lot one can do about it” This is said by someone that doesnt have a clue as to what evidence the jury got to see.
            Here’s one more gem “One more time- there was no evidence of a crime being committed, no evidence of one being planned, no evidence of criminal behavior. Once this is determined, LE no longer have any right to detain, arrest etc as they no longer have RAS and if they don’t even have that, they certainly don’t have probable cause.” The cop didnt need to believe a crime had been committed to talk to this guy. He was sitting in a truck with blacked out windows . Having blacked out windows in a violation in that county. That is more that what he needed to talk to this guy. The guy escalated it to a detain situation when he refused to get out of the car.
            Now Ive wasted enough time on assholes that would refuse to answer a cops simple question just to make his job harder. Then that same asshole would be the first to bitch when the cop cant stop crimes.

  • Daniel Cunningham

    I’m sorry folks, I need to respectfully disagree with the premise of police overreaction in this case. Before I start, I’ll say that I think there are many cases that DO deserve closer inspection.

    Just not this one.

    I understand that many of you won’t like to hear that at all, but before you light up the blowtorches, please consider the following…

    If this man was a professional P.I. he should know how to work WITH law enforcement. That means, if you’re code 5, letting dispatchers know your status.

    It also means having a friendly and collegial working relationship with other
    officers on the street, both uniformed and plainclothes, and understanding how difficult their jobs are. Putting yourself in their shoes. Basic people skills.

    If you are truly professional, it means knowing whose jurisdiction(s) you are in, and who the watch commanders are. It can’t be overstated that you should also know who the dispatchers are, and be coordinated with them.

    That’s if you are professional.

    It means understanding that when a officer rolls up on a vehicle with tinted windows, department SOP is often to have weapons drawn. I would (both ways).

    It means that when you get rolled up on, with the “christmas tree” lit up, your first reaction should be: “damn, my stake out is blown”. Then you should think: “this officer is NOT going to like approaching my tinted windows”. Then, as you look through your rear view mirrors, you should say: “crap, he’s drawn his weapon! Did I notify the department of my surveillance? Accck, no. I’m an idiot. Sigh.”

    Then (you should already have rolled down your window) as the officer comes up say: “I’m sorry officer, I’m a P.I. working as code 5 right now. Did you run my plates? They should have come up as P.I.”

    The officer would probably say: “oh…” and think: “did I run those plates correctly?”, and then say something like: “what’cha working on?”

    Then you would say: “workman’s comp case… blah, blah, blah….”

    Then you might want to have a little conversation about your rig, etc. A lot of street officers don’t get to see that stuff close up, and they might be curious. Many of them might want to consider being P.I.s themselves someday.

    As things wind down, the officer would might even say something like: “Sorry for breaking your cover.”

    And if it was your fault that your plates did not run clean, and you did not intimately know the jurisdictions, and make proper notifications, you should probably say “yeah, and I’ll be sure to coordinate better next time. See ya!”

    Now, on the OTHER hand…

    If there was a problem with your department coordination, he might say: “no… your plates come up as civvy (civillian) and what the hell’s up with your tints (windows)?” You could probably still talk your way out of trouble, but you’re starting from a worse position, because officers HATE tinted windows (and yes, you know why).

    All that said… let’s look at THIS case. Here, our guy here did pretty much the opposite of ANY of that.

    In the first place, making orders to an officer approaching your vehicle with tints is just plain foolish. In the officer’s mind, his tactical equation is already pegged to the max degree of danger by the lack of visibility. He is going to be on edge. You job, as the P.I. is to defuse the hazard to him AND to you.

    So don’t try to order the officer around. And don’t continue to argue with the officer like a 4th grader who does not want to do their homework. I’ve seen a lot of 11 year old autism-spectrum kids make just as splendid instantaneous arguments as this P.I. does. As a parent, I can take the time & try to be patient and work through all the instantaneous arguments, but on the street the officers often don’t have the luxury of time (or the psychological training).

    All through the encounter, the P.I. continued to be MUCH more than uncooperative. As someone who has dealt with hyper-fast visual thinkers (often linked to dyslexia, Asperger’s, ADHD, SPD, etc.) it seems to me that this P.I. seems to fit that personality profile. He continues to goad the officer, attempts to order the officer, and finds an instantaneous argument for every verbal interaction. That is highly characteristic of a non neurotypical profile (AKA spectrum disorder). But again, officers are not trained in psychology issues (although it would doubtless save many lives).

    But it’s also important to know that officers are trained NOT to respond to demands from perpetrators. Yes, our P.I. is a person, a real human being, but at that point in time, he is being dealt with as a perpetrator.

    All that said, I did see the office take the “excuse” of handling his radio to back things down a notch, and not re-establish contact with (in the officer’s mind) the perperpetrator. I also did see the officer deliberately slow his actions and draw out the
    incident time until there was backup to take the next steps. In my mind, that was commendable.

    As a side note, I think the officer could have said, “no I can’t see into your vehicle very
    well, and I can’t judge the dangers accurately, so I’m going to keep physical contact with your body so that I can feel any movement on your part. So we will just sit here without moving, until backup arrives. Then, to make sure you are safe, you will exit your vehicle in the presence of another officer”.

    But it’s easy to be a Monday morning quarterback. And with the non neurotypical way the P.I. was arguing, there would have been about twenty ways for him to raise
    instantaneous arguments with every aspect of that message.

    In any event, I then saw the P.I. take the officer’s concession, and run with it, and escalate things to a new level of danger. Simply put, it would have been prudent (for a good P.I. who knows how police operate) to say, “hey, I’m gonna take off my earpiece — that OK”?

    You may not know this, but it’s quite characteristic for a socipathic personality to take concessions and run with them (i.e. abuse them) the way this P.I. did. That’s just how sociopaths roll. And you can’t diagnose those pathologies on the street in real time. But you can die from them, very quickly.

    So, in the context of the encounter, a psychologically trained officer would have sorted the perpetrator into a non neurotypical category (roughly 25% of the population) and possible spectrum disorder (ASD, ADHD, SPD, Asperger’s) category (roughly 10% of
    the population) and then with the “concession abuse” move, conditionally re-sort the perpetrator as a possible sociopath (roughly 4% of the population).

    But none of that happened, because many officers don’t get much training in psychological profiling.

    All that said, I think that the P.I. in this case was his own worst enemy. I would make the suggestion, with compassion, that It would behoove him to get tested for what appears to be a possible spectrum disorder. But if the P.I. in question is truly a sociopath (which is a small but distinct possibility) then there’s not a lot that can realistically be done. We, as a society, will have to clean up the future damage when it inevitably occurs.

    On the other side of the coin, what I saw on the officer’s part was a difficulty in keeping up with the hyper-fast instantaneous arguments of a non neurotypical (possible spectrum) personality profile. That is pretty common, by the way, and speaks to a bigger issue of awareness and training.

    It’s important to note that in this case, if the officer had any sociopathic tendencies himself, he could easily have escalated this into a shooting.

    I will conclude by saying that I emphatically DO agree there’s a need to keep an eye on police actions, and to stop institutionalized racism, and to reduce the incidence of unjustified shootings (to an effective zero rate, if possible). And in case it didn’t come through above, I strongly believe police need more psychological training. And even
    though I use the word “perpetrator” above, I do recognize that the P.I. in question is a human being, with a family and a community who love and value him. And the officer as well.

    I hope I’ve been respectful to the P.I., the officer, and this community in my critique. Thanks for your time.

  • Sam Hughes

    The problem is that the prosecutors and judge are part of the same system as the police. They know each other personally and are usually on the same team. Additionally, people (the jury) are usually conditioned to believe that police, as keepers of the law, wouldn’t break the law. Of course, this notion is usually subtle and on the experiential level. If you were to ask people whether cops were capable of committing crimes they would say yes. But in individual instances, people are much more likely to take the testimony of police as absolute truth.

    • Ken Whalen

      Hey Sam do you have any idea how a jury is picked?

  • Dwayne Johnson

    man that deputy his death all in his eyes he’s ready to kill

  • Ken Whalen

    All of you calling this cop a coward may want to look at this. http://www.latimes.com/tn-gnp-me-medal-20140322-story.html

    • He’s still a pos who doesnt deserve to wear that badge. Any idiot can be brave.

  • Ken Whalen

    wow what do you think about this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4IuAoze3Vg

  • We have a serious law enforcement problem today. They lack restraint. If your too nervous to handle your job you don’t need a badge.

    • Ken Whalen

      Hey Frank maybe you should get intouch with reality. Lets see. You expect a cop to never draw his gun until he is shot at. He never should take the first shot. He should be brave enough to walk into any situation as if the people he is approaching are saints. He should have the same knowledge of the law as a lawyer. He should be a crack shot so he doesnt have to kill the person he is shooting at he only has to wound them. He should be able to handle multiple attackers without a problem . He should have the medical training of atleast an EMT. Nothing should scare them. They should never worry about their safety and only that of everyone else. He shouldnt be bothered if you treat him like shit or spit on him. Oh and he makes too much money if they pay him 45,000 a year. Does that sum it up?

  • Andrzej Banach

    I just can’t belive this …. Something like this is completely impossible in Europe. You R living in a police state, for real.

  • Joseph Jesse Smith

    Though the actions of the Deputy were Ludacris and way over the top the private investigator did not do something that I was trained to do as a Pinkerton investigator years ago. That is, when conducting a surveillance, always contact the local police department in person to let them know where you will be conducting your surveillance so that they can let their officers know and you will be left alone.

  • Nick Johnson

    I think desiring to be a police officer demonstrates a character flaw. Who on Earth would actually desire to be a cop other than someone who is a bully at heart? I’ve had a handful of encounters with the police, sometimes they are hot heads who just want you to obey them, and sometimes they act civil. But even when they are civil, they still act as though they are getting off by controlling the situation. Ultimately you are at their mercy any time you are pulled over because they have the authority to let you go or ticket you depending on their current mood. Sticking it to someone by giving them a ticket probably feels pretty good in some cases, and that is a serious problem.

  • Count chocula

    I would be nervous too. How was the cop supposed to know that he wasn’t trying to trick him into lowering his gun so he could get the jump on him? Cops deal with the worst of society. They have to consider things you and I don’t because they have to deal with it.

  • badguysnightmare

    The officers did absolutely nothing wrong…especially in the environment they are currently working in….equating what that officer did with blood lust and “almost” getting shot, is like almost getting pregnant…no such thing

  • Liz O’neill

    if this insane cop even attempt to pull you over, just shoot him, because someone he stops is going to be shot dead for no reason other than this cop is crazy, hes terrified to be on the street even with his gun an back up, he is going to kill an innocent civilian, its not a matter of chance, he is going to murder someone.

    • Ken Whalen

      You might want to look at the cops history before you say stupid shit. You may even want to look at both sides of the story too.

  • Michael St Clair

    what a puss muffin

  • Bill O’Rights

    A jury finding the cops not guilty means nothing. I had a patient that was brutally beaten and threatened with being murdered by her state police husband. There was no denying he just beat the crap out of her. When I arrived on scene there were 8 state troopers present (usually you cannot get one to show up, even with an armed and dangerous patient) all working to cover up the crime.

    A year later a jury cleared him of everything! I was there and saw what he did to her but he still walked because he is a cop. The prosecution never even bothered to pull my paperwork where i documented her injures, everything she said and the actions the troopers took on scene to cover up the crime.

    Dealing with police is like dealing with a crime syndicate.

  • James Michael

    That psychopath traitor scumbag should be Dallased….Before he murders an innocent man.

  • Alvin Anyiah

    In video #2 you see how they are clearly trying to think of what to charge him with. They are fishing for something so it doesnt clearly look like harassment which is what it is.

    • Ken Whalen

      Not for nothing Alvin but that is their job. If this guy would have just told the cop that he was a PI doing surveillance you would have never heard about this.

      • Alvin Anyiah

        It was for nothing. The PI didnt do anything ILLEGAL. What the hell is wrong with you cop suckers? Cops arent your overlords. US citizens do have rights. His were clearly violated by an overbearing cop. Go watch cartoons little boy.

        • Ken Whalen

          It never ceases to amaze me how people that have no clue as to what they are talking about resort to name calling to try to hide their ignorance. Yours comes shinning through though. You clearly know nothing about this case except that the PI was black, and that is all you need to blame the cop. Look at the fact as to what happened. Then look at the background of both the cop and the PI.

  • Vickie Chapman

    Regardless of whether or not this gentlemen set this up the way the copy handled this was wrong! It looks like more training is needed to handle these types of situations. Using this type of excessive force only makes the situation more dangerous.

    • Ken Whalen

      Clearly you dont know the facts as to what had happened.