I’m sure this incident is very disappointing to the Titans of Social Justice across America.
There was no faux incredulity on the part of the suspect detained by police.
There was no mouthing off by the slighted suspect.
There was no blatant disregard for clear instructions.
There was no attitude. There was only simple obedience to law enforcement commands, however unreasonable.
There were no sudden movements; only compliance and reasonableness in the face of dubious police interaction.
There was no dead suspect and no flash mobs or setting fire to stores and cars. No mouthy ethnic representatives seeking gratuitous camera time.
There were no crusaders and no dead people or destruction of property and really, no one has batted an eye.
Except for the news media which never downplays any opportunity to rile the natives up.
A man buying Mentos at a gas station was shocked when an off-duty Buena Park officer who was behind him in line pulled a gun because he thought the man was stealing the “freshmaker.”
The incident was captured on video at the Chevron station on Beach Boulevard just north of the Santa Ana freeway, and just blocks from the Buena Park police station.
The Friday night confrontation involving the officer who was carrying a gun, but was not in uniform, is now under investigation.
The video shows a shaken Jose Arreola inside the Beach Boulevard gas station.
He told the OC Register his wife was outside and they had stopped to buy some mints. He said he used the ATM to get cash to do so.
The officer in line behind him, wearing a black sweat shirt and black shorts, said he was a police officer before pulling a gun on the man, believing he was stealing the Mentos candy.
But Arreola says he wasn’t stealing anything – he was getting his change back.
Arreola drops the mints and puts his hands in the air, as the officer tells him to get his cash and leave.
Arreola said he did pay for the candy.
After the officer questions the clerk, who confirms that Arreola did in fact pay, the officer apologizes.
The courteousness and levelheaded encounter is something to behold. Police are human and some of the shit they do is questionable, lame and overall, pretty stupid.
The Buena Park officer in this case was a little over the top in his actions. His initial suspicions were warranted, but his approach was weak. Yet, in spite of the obvious inaccurate appraisal of the events he thought he witnessed and the ensuing questioning of the civilian suspect, reasonableness won.
Arreola played it cool and didn’t launch into some spastic physical denial of the officer’s orders (thus provoking a stronger, escalating response). He submitted and walked out of the store alive, and even received an apology.
Level heads win.
Reasonable Minds Matter.