A Houston officer has sparked an internal police investigation after video of his confrontation with anprotester legally carrying a firearm was captured on video – but only after the man objected to the officer who at first tried to delete it.
"Got your ID?" the officer asked the man.
"No, sir. I do not," he said.
The officer later told the man he needed to have his ID so he could tell who he was. The man then told the officer he could tell him who he was.
The officer then asked him, "How do I know you're not lying to me?"
Moments later the officer demanded that the man take his gun off as the officer appears in the video to throw the man's protest sign on the ground and then take the gun without the man's consent.
"You are going to jail for failure to ID because you can't tell me who you are, you can't prove who you are. I'm tired of you idiots coming out here," the officer said.
It was then that officer must have realized the man had been recording the entire incident.
"Take the phone off now because we are going to erase it because you're recording everything," the officer said.
But fortunately for the man involved, the officer tapped the button to end the recording twice, thus stopping the video and then starting it again.
The video was posted to YouTube December 6 but a police spokesman said the exact time and date of the incident cannot yet be confirmed because of the ongoing investigation.
David Amad of the gun advocacy group, Open Carry Texas, responded to the controversial encounter by accusing the officer of being an "un-convicted felon."
"He may not ever get convicted, but the fact of the matter is this one particular officer broke the law big time," Amad told KRIV-TV, while adding that he thinks this was an isolated incident of police misconduct and does not necessarily reflect accurately on the organization's relationship with the Houston Police Department.
KRIV-TV legal analyst Chris Tritico called the officer's actions "completely illegal," and a "violation" of police policy.
"Someone calls up and says this makes me nervous, they were pointing the gun, whatever the complaint was, the police then have the right to come to you and investigate that complaint and so at that point they lawfully have the right to say give me that weapon while I talk to you and you have to give it up," Tritico told the outlet.
No charges were filed against the man who was confronted by the officer, an HPD spokeswoman confirmed to TheBlaze on Wednesday. The spokeswoman said she believed the man was lawfully carrying the gun and was released at the scene but that information was not immediately confirmed by officials, who cited the ongoing investigation.
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