An angry King County Sheriff’s detective was filmed pulling a gun on motorcyclist Alex Randall on Aug. 16.
Randall, who was wearing a GoPro camera, recalled the incident to KOMO:
I see the flashing in the back of the car in front of me and the weird coloration. It’s not immediately apparent to me that I’m going to get pulled over for any specific reason. I lean in. I squint. “Oh, yup, that’s a car behind me.” And I turn.
After Randall stopped, the police detective wearing plainclothes, walked up, pointed gun at him and said: “You (expletive) drive reckless. Give me your driver’s license or I’ll knock you off this bike.”
The detective did not to show Randall a badge.
Randall described what happened next to KOMO:
I turn and I am completely unprepared for what I see, which is a man with a gun in my face. And my first reaction is to simply put my hands up. I’m not really able to hear because I’ve got my bike going, I’ve got my helmet on, I’m surprised at what’s happening.
The detective demanded Randall’s license several times, and reached into Randall’s pocket and pulled out his wallet.
Randall told KOMO that he was likely going 10-15 miles per hour over the speed limit, but not driving recklessly.
King County Sheriff John Urquhart gave KOMO his take on the video:
I’ve only seen, heard one half the story. So, I’m going to caveat my statement with that. However, I’m not happy with what I saw. It’s very, very troubling. I can’t think of an excuse for it. But again, I haven’t talked to the deputy yet.
The fact that he had his gun out on a traffic stop. For a reckless driving. Allegedly reckless driving. Which is a misdemeanor. You don’t pull your gun out on somebody for something like that. We just don’t do that.
I apologized for what happened. I told him that I’d get to the bottom of it, and we’ll take it from there I told him that I would believe him until evidence showed otherwise that that was not the case.