Delaware State Police Reviewing Video of Trooper Pulling Gun on Black Driver Within Seconds of Stop
Delaware State Police are reviewing video taken by Mack Buckley, a driver who was pulled over, and the incident that followed between him and a state trooper. The video was later uploaded to Facebook.
When the trooper approached the car, he ordered Buckley, a black man who appeared to be very nervous about the police stop, to step out, with Buckley refusing to do.
“I’m not stepping out the car,” he said.
The officer then opened the car door, with Buckley objecting to it, and drew his firearm.
“I’m not fucking with you,” the trooper said.
“Yo, yo, why are you pulling a gun on me,” Buckley asked repeatedly.
“Stop reaching for shit,” the trooper can be heard saying.
“The Delaware State Police initiated an internal investigation as soon as we became aware of the incident as per divisional policy,” state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz told NBC News.
Police say Buckley was initially pulled over for speeding. He was then arrested for resisting arrest, speeding, and driving without insurance and registration.
7 seconds. From officer approach of vehicle to a loaded gun pointed at driver’s head at point blank range for no reason. I have a client right now facing 15 years in prison for pointing a gun at a family member before walking away. This officer still has his gun & badge. https://t.co/VKJot1Pd1q
— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) February 21, 2019
Buckley claims the trooper kept saying “you people” once he was in his car. “Go ahead and play the race card,” he allegedly told Buckley.
CBS Philly reports “Buckley has an arrest record dating to 1999, with convictions for DUI, drug possession, maintaining a vehicle for keeping drugs, criminal impersonation and carrying a concealed deadly weapon,” according to court documents.
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