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    Re: Did this police officer act correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    The cop overreacted quite a bit but unless he had a habit of freaking out I can't say he should be fired based on just what we saw in the video.
    You could be right, actually. I do sympathize with any officer who feels his life is in danger, it just seemed excessive to me. Imagine if that had been you, and that were your wife watching you get taken to the ground and hauled off to jail.

    This man broke no laws, it's disturbing to watch.

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    Re: Did this police officer act correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Couldn't he have asked for the CCW permit after he got control of the situation? Instead, he got the guy to the ground, cuffed him, got him in the patrol car, arrested him and took him in.

    The whole thing seemed excessive and over the top to me. I can sympathize with an officer who legitimately thinks there's a threat to his life wanting to get the suspect on the ground and get control of the situation. But once that was established...
    I stopped watching before that happened. Stopped when the guy got him up off the ground. Yeah, that part was definitely over the top. I agree. If FL officers can't run a license check cross-referencing gun permits, they're in the dark ages.

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    Threatening to shoot a man in the back and illegally detaining him is "wanting to make it home alive"? I think that worry more belongs to the man that had the gun pointed at him, maybe I'm wrong though
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    Re: Did this police officer act correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    That's why I bought that Sneaky Pete. Don't even have to cover it. Oh, and I was taught in my CC class to always let the cop know you're both LICENSED to carry and IF you're carrying. (Nothing worse than a Smarty Pants Newbie.)

    Just save your edit: What's the matter with me that I can understand a cop wanting to make it home alive after his shift so bad that he wouldn't assume?
    Perhaps in your state there is an legal obligation to inform the officer? There is none in Florida.
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    Re: Did this police officer act correctly?

    There is no way this could get a "yes" vote, there was no reason for such a reaction from that officer.
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    Re: Did this police officer act correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    That's the law in Florida. The man had no obligation to tell the cop he had a weapon. Maybe the law is dumb, but this man didn't break any laws.
    It may be the law but anytime a cop pulls me over and I have a concealed weapon on me that is the first thing I am telling him. Want to be upfront with him so there is no misunderstanding.

    We have had too many cop killings and would think every person they pull over could be a potential cop killer. It is sad but that the way it is anymore.

    The cop could have handled this far more better than he did.

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    Re: Did this police officer act correctly?

    Total overreaction by the officer. He needs some retraining about his state's firearm laws.

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    Re: Did this police officer act correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Perhaps in your state there is an legal obligation to inform the officer? There is none in Florida.
    No, it's not a legal obligation. I've also been taught to never get out of the car unless the officer asks you to do so -- there are ways to interact with cops to put them at ease, sort of, and ways to put them on high alert. That guy apparently wasn't taught the same things I was. (Having nothing to do with carrying, btw. I was taught that, probably, in high school.

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    Re: Did this police officer act correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I don't blame the cop. The guy had an opportunity to tell the cop he was carrying and didn't do so. THE COP SAW THE GUN. "Oh, by the way, sir, do you have a license to carry that firearm?" Really? You expect a cop to do that?
    I don't. He did just fine.
    Either we have the right to carry or we do not.

    If we do have the right to carry then the officer has to expect that some citizens will exercise their right.

    Additionally if we do have the right to carry then what the officer did is contrary to that right.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Did this police officer act correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I will just leave this. This is in Florida, where concealed carry is legal. Also, per Florida law, he does not have to advise the officer that he is armed unless asked.

    No. And that is a given. This officer reacted stupidly. I understand being on edge when a firearm is found and you weren't notified it was there. That is why I make a point to notify. Just to keep minds at ease.

    But obviously he acted incorrectly.
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    Re: Did this police officer act correctly?

    "I don't care if you have a permit or not"

    "Now what happened to your driver's license?" "I don't know, I gave it to you."


    Sounds to me like this cop needs to make a visit to the Police Academy...to learn how to be a cop again.
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