A video submitted to the Free Thought Project shows how dangerous a police stop can be when the officer is high strung and belligerent.
According to the video, a man is being pulled over as he is working as a pizza delivery driver. While we don't know what facilitated the stop, the reaction by the cop was dangerous and almost deadly.
As the video begins, the officer launches a verbal tirade at the driver. He then starts yelling command after command, some of them even contradictory.
At 25 seconds into the stop, after telling the driver to put his hands on the steering wheel, the officer turns into a raging lunatic and demands that the driver "put your phone down."
Even after the driver complies, the officer continues his harangue. This is one of several points in the 2-minute video in which the driver could have been killed by the officer "fearing for his life."
The driver, who is the only one in this situation, who can legitimately claim that he feared for his life, is doing everything he can to comply while also protecting himself.
The officer makes no attempt to talk to the driver; he only yells over and over -- creating an environment conducive only to stress and violent escalation.
"It's gonna go bad, real bad!" shouts the hostile public servant.
As the driver frantically attempts to comply, the officer continues to bark orders clearly confusing the situation.
At 50 seconds into the video, the officer's actions are nothing short of erratic and dangerous. As the driver complies by rolling down the window even more and giving him his driver's license, the officer does not let up. "Roll down your window! Roll down your window!"
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After taking his license, the officer then demands registration too.
"Gimme your registration!" yells the officer.
"I don't have it," replies the driver.
The driver is cordial, compliant, and non-threatening, yet still, this officer continues screaming in his face with his pistol drawn. Merely watching the video is disturbing and infuriating enough, however, for being there, this driver remained astonishingly calm.
Sure, pulling someone over on a dark night can be risky for an officer, but this cop's reaction did nothing to resolve the situation. In fact, his behavior only served to escalate, confuse, and destabilize the stop -- almost as if he wanted something to go wrong so that he could kill this man.
Below is the video of what policing in America looks like and a perfect example of why there is so much divide between police and the citizens today. This has got to stop.
Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.