A Decatur police officer heard using an expletive on social media video "demonstrated an unprofessional demeanor" during a May 24 call involving a gun, and the issue is being addressed, the Police Department said in a statement Wednesday.
A video of the incident was posted on social media the following day and has gone viral with hundreds of thousands of views worldwide. A Decatur police officer is heard saying "F--- you" to one of the two detainees at the scene.
In a written statement, the Police Department said the incident is a personnel matter and no additional information will be released. Police spokeswoman Emily Long said she did not have permission to release the officer in question's name.
In the statement, police said about 7:30 p.m. May 24, a passerby saw two men near Fourth Street Southeast and Second Avenue Southeast in Decatur with one of the men holding a handgun to the other man’s head.
Police were called and officers located the men. The statement said the men were detained, questioned and a handgun was found.
It was determined the two men were filming a music video during which one of the men held a gun to the other man’s head. Police said there was no criminal intent or malice. Also, the man with the gun, who identifies himself as Dizzy Dez, CEO of Wave Rydaz Entertainment of Decatur, had a valid permit to carry the firearm.
In the video of the encounter, Dez claims he was illegally searched and asked an officer for his badge number and name.
The officer can be heard saying “Badge No. 529” and later told Dez his name was “F--- you.”
The written statement reads in part: “During the encounter, one of the responding officers demonstrated an unprofessional demeanor and conduct that was unbecoming of a Decatur Police officer. The conduct displayed by the officer was not acceptable and is being addressed. … We expect our officers to conduct themselves in a professional and caring manner. ... We will continue to work to maintain the trust and respect of our citizens.”
According to the 1968 case Terry vs. Ohio, the Terry frisk ruling allows a police officer who has a reasonable suspicion that an individual is armed to stop and briefly detain the person for a pat-down search of outer clothing. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling determined that type of search does not violate the Fourth Amendment.
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects citizens from illegal searches and seizures.
Efforts to contact Dez have been unsuccessful.