A California man is sharing his expertise after an off-duty cop mistakenly drew a gun on him.
“My spouse might be a widow after tonight,” Jose Arreola advised The Orange County Register about his ideas on the time.
Surveillance footage exhibits the March 16 incident by which Arreola went to a comfort retailer in Orange County to purchase Mentos on behalf of his spouse. Arreola put the mints in his pocket whereas ready for the cashier to present him change.
“Hey, give that again,” the unidentified officer says on video, and pulls out his gun. He says he’s a cop.
Arreola says he paid for it, however complies with the officer’s order to place the mints again on the counter.
The officer tells the cashier that Arreola tried stealing the mints.
“Take your money and go away,” the officer tells Arreola. “Get your money and go away,” he tells him once more as he picks up his change.
Arreola insists he paid for it. The officer asks the cashier if he paid for it. The cashier says sure.
“Are you positive?” the officer says.
The cashier confirms this once more.
“My apologies, sir, my apologies,” the officer tells Arreola.
Arreola advised The Register he felt anger at being handled that approach by a cop he described as “conceited, nearly like cocky.”
The Buena Park Police Division has confirmed the officer is one among theirs.
“The video of the incident clearly exhibits our officer drawing his gun, however not pointing it, at a topic he allegedly believed was committing a theft contained in the mini-mart of a Chevron fuel station in Buena Park,” Chief Corey S. Sianez mentioned in a assertion posted to Fb. They have been conscious of this after it occurred, and commenced operating an administrative probe into the officer, he wrote.
Sianez additionally mentioned there was a proper criticism filed over the incident, and that the complainant (Arreola) has an legal professional.
“I need you to know that after I watched the video I discovered it to be disturbing, as I’m positive it was to you,” he wrote. “Nonetheless, as a result of there’s an ongoing personnel investigation and potential litigation pending towards town, I’m unable to debate the small print of our investigation.”
[Screengrab via Orange County Register]