The West Helena Police department in Arkansas has released body cam video showing the arrest of Edrick Truitt outside a gas station last week.
Truitt claimed to news outlets that he was being harassed by the officer making the arrest, and the officer pointed his firearm at him unprovoked.
Body cam video shows the officer approaching Truitt’s vehicle calmly and asking for Truitt’s ID and registration.
Truitt fails to comply and instead reaches for his phone to start recording. He then posted the video on Facebook and claimed the officer was using ‘excessive force.’
At that point, while shining his flashlight into the vehicle, the officer drew his weapon after he sees an AR-styled gun in Truitt’s backseat.
Truitt failed to mention to the officer he had a weapon nor did he make a mention of it in his viral social media post. In his social media post, he claims to be the victim of abuse despite Arkansas law requiring individuals carrying firearms to notify law enforcement.
The officer then tells Truitt to put the car into park and shut it off.
Truitt told the media he didn’t comply with the orders because he was afraid the officer would shoot him.
An Arkansas police officer was forced to draw his sidearm after a man refused to obey orders and antagonized law enforcement. That man is also now complaining to the media.
The West Helena Police are reviewing body camera footage from an incident that took place around 3 AM on Sunday when Edrick Truitt was found sitting in his vehicle outside a closed convenience store.
Approached by police -who told all present to clear the lot- Truitt began filming with his phone and refused to comply with police orders.
Soon, officers were asking Truitt to turn the vehicle engine off, drawing their sidearms as a precaution when Truitt began reaching around the console.
“Shut the car off,” one officer said.
Truitt kept filming, as the officer covered down on him, claiming the officer would shoot him if he tried to turn the vehicle off.
“Shoot me,” he said, “Shoot me.”
“I’m filming too,” the officer replied.
Truitt was arrested for loitering and disregarding an official order, and a firearm was found in his vehicle.
According to WREG, the officer involved has been getting threats and has been off-duty. His agency will be reviewing the video.
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