A Palm Beach County deputy is under investigation for the way he handled a motorcycle stop. The incident was all caught on the motorcyclist's GoPro, which he had attached to his helmet. The video clip shows a PBSO deputy pull up in front of the biker while they were both stopped at a red light.
There was no reason for that to happen and it was a very scary situation to be in.
The plain clothes officer jumped out, with his gun out immediately.
Adrian Mitchell says he was doing between 50 to 60 in a 45 zone. When the officer jumped out with the gun and came towards him, he was afraid for his life. He thought the deputy was going to shoot him right there at the stop light. So he contacted CBS12.
I replay it, and I see it in like slow-motion, all I see is his finger right on the trigger
Adrian says he was terrified so he sped off right away. The next day, Adrian still shaken, called the sheriff's office to report the frightening encounter. "[A deputy] was supposed to get back in contact with me that night, he never did, so I got in touch with internal affairs," Mitchell said. According to the sheriff's office, internal affairs is now reviewing this incident
The station reached out to the local sheriff's office but got no comment.
A vehicle pursuit or actually taking enforcement action-- by an off-duty deputy-- should only be done under the most extraordinary circumstances.
CBS 12 also showed the video to a law enforcement consultant-- former FBI agent turned lawyer, Stuart Kaplan, his assessment was that the deputy violating multiple protocols.
"I think this is a deputy who allowed his emotions to get the better of him," Kaplan said.
Deputy Sergeant Darren Curci was later named as the deputy in the video.