Police department defends officer after viral video shows tense traffic stop
By Brian Seay
A police department outside San Jose, California, is defending the actions of an officer, who can be seen pointing his gun at a passenger for more than nine minutes in a cell phone video of a traffic stop that’s gone viral, evoking criticism from some viewers.
The unnamed motorcycle officer pulled the car over on July 28, the Mercury News reported last week. The video, which has been viewed nearly 2 million times, only shows part of the story, says Campbell Police Capt. Gary Berg.
“We are in a position to provide the context because we have reviewed the officer’s body-worn camera, which recorded the encounter in its entirety,” said Berg, adding that officials are trying to determine whether to release that body camera footage.
Berg says the officer pulled the vehicle over between San Jose and Morgan Hill because the driver was speeding. He said the first few minutes of the stop were “cordial.” The officer asked for license and registration, and the people in the car spent several minutes looking for the documentation.
When the officer went back to his motorcycle to write a ticket, the passenger reached under the seat, according to Berg. “Unfortunately, the passenger’s unexpected movement toward the bottom of the