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Decatur Police Department addressing ‘unbecoming’ officer conduct caught on video

During the encounter, one of the responding officers demonstrated an unprofessional demeanor and conduct that was unbecoming of a Decatur Police Officer, the department said.

Posted: Jun 5, 2019 1:10 PM
Updated: Jun 6, 2019 8:05 AM

Decatur police are responding to a video that's circulating on the internet. 

The video shows an officer cursing at two men while responding to a call. It all started when someone saw one of the men pointing a gun to the other man's head. It turns out, they were just shooting a music video.

The Decatur Police Department has seen the viral video and said the way their officer responded was unacceptable and it's being addressed.

They determined the man holding the gun had a valid permit to carry a firearm, and there was no criminal intent. During the confrontation, things became heated. One of the men being detained was asking a lot of questions, at times being confrontational and argumentative. Then, one of the officers shouted curse words at him.

The Decatur Police Department says quote "One of the responding officers demonstrated an unprofessional demeanor and conduct that was unbecoming of a Decatur Police Officer."

The statement goes on to say the situation is being addressed, and since it's a personnel matter, they won't release any more information. That includes the officer's name, and what action is being taken against him.

Emme Long, department spokesperson, released this information on Wednesday:

On May 24, 2019, at approximately 7:30 p.m., a passerby observed two men near the intersection of 4th Street SE and 2nd Avenue SE. One of the men was holding a handgun to the other man’s head. The passerby notified the Decatur Police Department, and multiple officers responded.

Upon arrival, officers located the men matching the description provided by the passerby. The officers detained the men to investigate. During the course of that investigation, officers discovered that one of the men was in possession of a handgun.

In speaking to the men, the officers verified what the passerby had observed and determined that the two men had been staging footage for use in a music video – during which one of the men did pose the handgun at the other person – however there was no criminal intent or malice. It was determined that the man who was in possession of the handgun had a valid permit to carry the firearm.

During the encounter, one of the responding officers demonstrated an unprofessional demeanor and conduct that was unbecoming of a Decatur Police Officer. The conduct displayed by the officer was not acceptable and is being addressed. Because this is a personnel matter currently under review, the department will not release any additional information.

We expect our officers to conduct themselves in a professional and caring manner. We appreciate the Decatur community’s ongoing support for the Decatur Police Department, and we will continue to work to maintain the trust and respect of our citizens.

You can see the video HERE. WARNING: The video contains graphic language.

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