DeSoto, TX — A deeply disturbing video was submitted to the Free Thought Project this week showing a Desoto police officer pull out his gun and threaten an innocent man in a department store parking lot. Now, after the video has gone viral, instead of naming the cop who did it, the DeSoto police department actually doxxed the victim.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, instead of telling the citizens of DeSoto that they would fire the officer who committed a felony on camera, the department released the name of the man who filmed the cop and attempted to assassinate his character.
Illustrating everything wrong with police in America, the cops attempted to justify felonious Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon by saying the person who took the video likes to film police.
"The DeSoto Police Department (Internal Affairs Division) is actively investigating a YouTube post that was authored by Mr. Charlie Dominguez," read the post. "Mr. Dominguez is known throughout the region for recording public safety personnel while they are conducting their daily affairs."
Recording public safety personnel is entirely legal and protected under the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Using it in an attempt to shame a man who was the victim of an assault by a cop shows just how detached police in America have become from the Constitution to which they swore an oath to uphold.
"The Administration of our Police Department takes allegations of misconduct very seriously," the post continued. "Once our investigation into this matter has been thoroughly completed, the Police Department will address all inquiries and concerns regarding this case. The professional men and women of our Police Department remain committed to ensuring that our community is safe, as well as protected on a daily basis."
If the police department was actually committed to ensuring the community is safe, they would be posting the mug shot of the officer who endangered the lives of its citizens—not smearing the man who filmed it.
What's more, the DeSoto chief of police, Joe Costa declared his admiration and faith in the cop who pulled the weapon in a now-deleted Facebook post.
"I promise you that the officer involved in this incident is a fine officer and one of
the best we have," Costa wrote.
Luckily, according to the comments, the people aren't buying the charade and have taken to calling out the double standard and corruption exhibited by the DeSoto police department.
"Why is it necessary to release the photographers name, and to tell us what he is "known" for? It shouldn't matter who took the video... only that an officer pointed a weapon at a member of the public without justification... PERIOD," wrote Sean.
Another commenter put the entire scenario into perspective and showed just how repugnant this response was.
"You were more than eager to publicly shame Mr. dominquez earlier in an attempt to discredit his character.
You called the officer “a fine officer and the best we have”
It’s pretty clear where this investigation is going.
If any person in the public drawn a weapon on someone who we didn’t like, but broke no law or wasn’t a threat, we would be in handcuffs
You don’t have the right to draw a weapon on someone who hurts your feelings.
This is why there is a clear disconnect between the police and the public. There needs to be accountability
You’ve publicly smeared this guy.... but what’s the cops name? Seems pretty one-sided," wrote Carolann.
As TFTP reported on Monday, in the video, a person riding his bicycle is filming in a parking lot. He then videos a police SUV off in the distance and proceeded to catch up with the vehicle.
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Whether the videographer's intent was to deliberately film the cop or whether he was merely traveling in the same direction of the cop is irrelevant as neither of these scenarios is illegal and neither of them warranted the response from the cop.
As the man filming continued to travel behind the cop on his bicycle, the cop the suddenly slams on his brakes, jumps out of his SUV, and draws his pistol on the completely innocent person.
Illustrating the nature of the overreaction, the cop holds his pistol trained on the cyclist for a few seconds before jumping into his police cruiser and speeding off.
Let there be no doubt about it, this officer committed a serious crime.
Under Article 42.12, Section 3g of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon is grouped with the most serious offenses, like murder, sexual assault, and aggravated kidnapping.
In Texas, regular assault can be committed by hurting someone, making an imminent threat to hurt someone, or causing offensive physical contact with someone. This means that the crime of “Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon” can be committed without actually HURTING anyone with a weapon.
What this DeSoto police officer did is considered under Texas law to be “Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon.”
Aggravated Assault is defined Texas Penal Code 22.02 and is typically a second-degree felony, punishable by 2 to 20 years in the state penitentiary and a fine up to $10,000. However, if this assault is committed against a police officer, it becomes a first-degree felony.
Nowhere in the code, however, does it mention what happens with a police officer commits Aggravated Assault against a citizen.
This officer should be arrested and charged. However, as the police response shows, that is not happening.
Had a citizen done this to another citizen, rest assured, police would be dispatched and a manhunt would be underway for the person who presented the gun.
As you watch the video below, try to imagine what would happen if anyone else but a cop behaved in this way. After you imagine that, ask yourself why it is that this officer has yet to be arrested and his mugshot published in the local news for felony aggravated assault.
A double standard, indeed.