Washington detective put on leave for video showing him pull gun on biker
By Brian Seay
A detective in Washington state was placed on administrative leave Tuesday after video of a controversial traffic stop surfaced in which he’s seen pointing his gun at a motorcyclist without identifying himself.
The man on the bike, Alex Randall, was wearing a helmet camera when he was pulled over on Aug. 16 by the King County Sheriff’s detective.
“This video shows the boldness of the King County Sheriffs Deputies and lack of fear of repercussions in threatening and intimidating an unarmed citizen with excessive use of force,” Randall wrote at the beginning of his YouTube video.
Randall was sitting at a traffic stop when the detective came up behind him with his gun drawn.
“How ya doin?” the detective asks, startling Randall.
“Oh shit, what’re you doing to me?” the motorcyclist says.
“What do you mean what am I doing?” the detective said. “You’re fucking driving reckless. Give me your driver’s license or I’m going to knock you off this bike.”
“I will pull over. I am unarmed,” Randall said, as the detective demanded to see some identification. Randall asked the detective if he could turn his vehicle off, but the detective continued to demand identification, eventually reaching into his pocket for his wallet.
“That’s my wallet,” Randall said.