Police: Deputy acted properly stopping man on sidewalk
Despite an uproar on social media, a video between an Oakland deputy and a man he stopped after a business owner dialed 911 to report someone suspicious outside his place of work shows the officer acted accordingly and did nothing wrong, said a police spokesman.
The video, which has been uploaded to YouTube, starts with the officer explaining to the man that there was a 911 call reporting he was acting suspiciously, walking down the street with his hands in his pockets.
As the man filmed the deputy, the officer pulled out his smart phone and also began filming the encounter.
Michael McCabe, Oakland County Undersheriff said that the deputy acted properly, and commenters on social media took the video out of context, and didn’t bother checking the rest of the story.
“The store that called about the man has been robbed multiple times in the last year,” said McCabe. “In addition, employees have been robbed while making deliveries. According to the caller, this man was walking back and forth in front of the store five or six times.”
“The deputy did a decent job. He pulled his cell phone out and videotaped it after the man pulled out his cell phone, just to make sure the whole thing was documented,” he affirmed.
“The deputy never even patted this man down; he didn’t ask for ID. It was just a stop prompted by a 911 call from a business nearby that had been robbed multiple times,” McCabe continued.
“It’s unfortunate that the social media posts things now without verifying or getting the other side of the story.”
By law, police officers are allowed to make a brief detention of a person, if they have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.
Anything wrong with police officers asking questions, following up on concerns? Is this a case of racial profiling, or police trying to keep the community safe?