Alachua County Sheriff's Office posted a 21-minute video to their Facebook page Wednesday night showing a controversial unedited incident that occurred when officers pulled over a man for speeding.
Here is the video:
Around 8 a.m. on Wednesday, an Alachua Co. deputy stopped a vehicle on Fort Clarke Blvd. near an elementary school.
The driver was committing two violations, according to police. He had a tag expired by two days, and he was going 40 miles-per-hour in a 20 mph school zone.
When the deputy pulled him over, he verbally instructed the teenager to exit his vehicle with his driver's license and approach his police car.
The situation escalated when the man didn't follow the deputy's orders.
As the ACSO said in their post, "It is the policy and practice of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office to ask drivers to step out of their cars and come back to our patrol vehicles. We understand that this is different from what you see on TV sometimes, or may have experienced on other traffic stops, but we train and work this way for the safety of the public and our employees. Sadly, and the news reminds us almost every day, there are violent criminals out there who will ambush law enforcement officers or take any opportunity to murder unsuspecting citizens. By having drivers step out of the car, it allows us to take the possibility of a gun hidden in the car out of the equation and limit the chance for a violent confrontation."
The teen was on the phone with his mother, who told him not to step out of the car while she called ACSO's Combined Communications Center to find out why he was stopped, despite the deputies' orders to exit the vehicle being shouted through his PA system.
Once the deputy's backup arrived on scene, they approached the driver in the car with a taser ready.
They removed the teen without deploying the taser, and proceeded to arrest him and read him his Miranda rights.
Comments on ACSO's post range from people praising the police and being grateful for the dash cam, to others upset with the way the police handled the situation.
ACSO assured in their post that this was not treatment based on race.
The driver was given a citation for speeding, driving without a valid driver's license, and a sworn complaint was filed for resisting without violence.
Click on the Facebook post above to read more details into the incident.