Now that the media attention has seemed to have drifted from the McKinney Pool Party, their police officers are at it again, and forgetting the power of a smartphone and the internet.
A video uploaded to social media on Wednesday captured an unhinged McKinney police officer with weapon in hand assaulting a 24 year-old man as he recorded the cop walking into his front yard, then detaining and searching him, claiming they received a call about men with guns wanting to kill cops.
However, PINAC called the McKinney Police Department but they claim to not have heard nor read anything about this interaction as of Sunday evening.
Earlier this month, the quiet suburb of McKinney made global headlines after the police arrived to break up a pool party and Officer Eric Casebolt barrel-rolled his way into infamy, when he assaulted a 14-year-old child in a bikini.
Last week, a McKinney officer detained a man at gunpoint right in front of his own home without any reasonable suspicion of a crime, just a purported 911 call.
“You, on the phone, get your hands up,” the officer demands.
“For what?” the man recording asks.
“BECAUSE I TOLD YOU TO! GET YOUR HANDS UP!” the officer screams.
The video begins after the officer is already engaging Guilford, who is filming in his own front yard, but what was captured is more than enough to see that this situation was terribly wrong.
“Am I being detained?” the camera man asks, clearly confused about the amount of force he is being presented with.
“You’re being arrested if you don’t put- c’mere.” the officer says as he grabs the man before finishing his sentence.
It’s hard to imagine that Guilford’s action of recording the police caused reasonable suspicion of a crime since the officer’s verbal response failed to note any wrongdoing.
At this point, the man recording, who is completely calm and rational, asks again, “why am I being arrested, sir?”, as the phone drops and we see the officer handcuffing him without explanation.
“Right now, you’re being detained,” the officer asserts as he searches the handcuffed man’s pockets.
Eventually, the Mckinney police give this “explanation” of why they were harassing, assaulting, and searching this man without actual cause, heard clearly off camera:
“Because we got a call, people saying they were going to shoot the police when they came back! It’s on 9-1-1!”
Guilford and another male who is with him begin questioning the police further and are informed that someone had reported that they had guns on their property.
Guilford and his associate ask if they can file charges for a false report on the person who made the call, sending armed officers to their home, and could reasonably could have got them killed, and the Mckinney officers say that they don’t know.
How could it escape a professional law enforcement officer’s mind to mention something like the Texas statute for Disorderly Conduct? False Alarm or Report is defined in that statute under Section 42.06 of the Texas criminal code as:
(a) A person commits an offense if he knowingly initiates, communicates or circulates a report of a present, past, or future bombing, fire, offense, or other emergency that he knows is false or baseless and that would ordinarily:
(1) cause action by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies;
(2) place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; (Emphasis by Editor)
Guilford is lucky this incident didn’t rise to the level of Swatting, where a false claim is used to draw militarized cops onto city streets in their Bearcats looking for action.
It sounded as though the Mckinney officers wanted to search Guilford’s home around 3:30 into the video, even though they knew by then he had committed no crime, nor given them any articulable suspicion of a crime either.
“You all can’t go in there, the house is locked.” Guilford states.
“Who’s house is it?” an officer asks.
“It’s mine!” Guilford responds.
“Do you always lock your house when you’re sitting out front?” the officer asks.
Guilford and his associate informed the officers that they had just got home.
“I don’t have a gun on me, I don’t have anything-” the still wrongfully detained man informs the officers.
“We know that now!” an officer responds.
“So why am I still cuffed?” Guilford asks.
The Texas officers eventually began to play nice and it seems as though both men were released.
Last week, Guilford put his dramatic video onto Facebook and captioned it “Share”.
PINAC research turned up two minor scrapes with the law in Colin County, Texas involving Andrew Guilford, one for vehicle registration violations, and last year for petty theft.
Neither charge would seem to merit going in guns drawn based on a hunch from a 911 call.
If you have more information please contact the PINAC Hotline at 305-900-9069.
UPDATE 6/29 1pm EDT: The McKinney Police Department has confirmed that this incident is now under investigation.
UPDATE 6/29 4:23pm EDT: The McKinney Police Department released this statement regarding the detainment of Andrew Guilford:
McKinney Police officers responded to a domestic disturbance call in the 800 block of Fenet St.
While enroute to the call, officers received information, from dispatch, that suspect was threatening to shoot the reporting party and at one point suspect stated, “The police are going to get it if they try and come in here”.
Upon patrol officers arrival they responded appropriately to what the 911 caller was telling the dispatcher. No arrest were made or citations issued during this incident.
Thank you, Terry Qualls Police Officer McKinney P. D.