DeSoto PD: Officer pulling weapon on citizen on bike 'concerning'
- Written by David Goins David Goins
- Published: 07 February 2018 07 February 2018
DeSoto, TX - DeSoto Police responded Tuesday to what it called a "very serious" interaction, after an officer drew a weapon on a citizen over the weekend.
DeSoto Police Chief Joe Costa said the contact between the unnamed officer and citizen is "currently under review."
"The actions of our officer are concerning," Costa said in a statement to WFAA that was shared on DeSoto PD's social media channels.
In the two-page statement, DeSoto police recounted a number of encounters, and offered links to YouTube videos, between Charles Dominguez and officers over the past month, many of which include Dominguez directing profanity toward officers.
On Monday, Dominguez filed a formal complaint against the DeSoto officer who pointed a weapon at him over the weekend.
Dominguez, with his attorney by his side, said he now fears for his safety after having a weapon pointed at him as he rode his BMX bike in the parking lot of a shopping center on Saturday.
Dominguez told WFAA he started recording on Saturday because he saw a DeSoto officer in the parking lot.
"I do what I want to on my videos," Dominguez said. "But I can see I can get in big trouble.”
The vehicle then brakes and the officer steps out of the vehicle and draws down on Dominguez.
The audio is compromised by wind, but you hear the officer say "Sir if you keep following me (inaudible)"
The 30-something BMX enthusiast can be heard shouting back "I'm just riding my bike".
Costa said Tuesday the officer stated, with his weapon pointed at Dominguez, that if he continued to follow him it would be viewed as a threat.
We showed the video to retired Arlington PD Assistant Chief James Hawthorne. The current top cop at Cedar Hill ISD says viewing the video raises some immediate questions and concerns.
"Officers should not just get out and point their guns at people just because they’re being videoed," Hawthorne said. "No, that should never happen."
Hawthorne adds while we do not know what happened before Dominguez started recording, nothing in the 2-minute video appears to convey a life-threatening situation that would warrant an officer preparing to use deadly force.
DeSoto Police acknowledged the video on Monday, saying on social media "the incident is currently under review."