Oceanside Police Officer Matt Lyons is receiving well-deserved praise throughout the internet for the way he handled an incident involving a man openly carrying a gun.
As we reported before, it is legal to open carry a firearm in California as long as it is not loaded.
But we’ve also seen that some California officers are prone to force a citizen down on their knees at gunpoint.
Lyons, who spent 22 years in the United States Marine Corps, proved that he could manage professional courtesy while ensuring the gun wasn’t loaded.
He also didn’t have a problem being recorded throughout the procedure.
Lyons obviously takes pride in his profession. In 2006, he published a picture book detailing the history of the Oceanside Police Department.
It can be purchased on Amazon for $15.99. I say we thank Lyons for his professionalism by purchasing his book.
Then there is Canton Police Officer Daniel Harless who is also making the rounds on the internet through a Youtube video. But not in the most positive sense.
Harless was captured on a dash-cam video (below) last month making a traffic stop on a man who was suspected of having picked up a prostitute.
The driver was also legally carrying a concealed weapon.
Ohio law requires concealed weapon holders to immediately notify officers they are carrying a weapon.
But Harless did not even approach the driver of the car for more than six minutes after the stop, choosing to pull out the car’s passengers instead.
Harless’ partner even began searching the car without consent or warrant, which is also questionable.
When Harless finally approaches the driver and orders him out of the car at 6:55, the driver is holding up his concealed weapons permit as if trying to hand it to Harless.
“Why do you keep having that?” Harless asks. “What is this?”
The driver tries to explain that it is a concealed weapons permit, which lights a fuse in Harless.
“Do you have a weapon you?” Harless demands.
“Yes sir, that’s why …”
Harless then completely loses his temper, spending the next several minutes berating and threatening the driver.
“I am so close to caving in your goddamn head,” Harless threatens at 8:52.
“I should have taken two steps back, pulled my Glock 40 and just put ten bullets in your ass and just let you drop,” Harless screams at 13:35.
“And I wouldn’t have lost any sleep.”
“And he would have been a nice witness as I executed you because you’re stupid.”
The driver remains calm throughout the whole process, answering his threats with “yes, sir.”
Harless has since been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, according to the Canton Repository.
Even the Canton Police Chief criticized his behavior.
“I think it’s important for citizens to understand that the behavior demonstrated on the video is wholly unacceptable, and it violates many of our rules, our regulations and standards we demand of our officers,” Chief Dean McKimm said Thursday.
What’s even more chilling is that Harless reacted that way knowing he was being videotaped by his own dash cam.
It’s no telling how he would have reacted had the driver tried to videotape him.
Either way, he made an ass out of himself. Especially now that we’ve seen how a professional cop would handle himself in such a situation.