An Arizona police chief met with an immigrant man who had been threatened less than 48 hours earlier by an officer during a traffic stop.
A 74-second video of the encounter was posted Saturday by an immigrant rights activist, reported the Latino Rebels blog, and the post was widely shared across social media.
Teodulo Sánchez began recording the video after he called his wife to report a suspicious car was following him Friday, and the man’s wife said a patrol car then began following him and turned on its lights.
An officer approached Sánchez’s car with his gun drawn, and he asked the man for his ID and whether he had any weapons.
“Show me the license right now,” said the Buckeye police officer in Spanish. “If you do something, I will kill you right here. Do you understand me?”
Sánchez said he understood, and he informed the officer he was recording the encounter.
The officer demanded to know whether Sánchez had any weapons, and he assured the officer he was on his way to work and had only tools in the car.
“OK, don’t get out of the car,” the officer said. “Stay there. If you move, I will shoot you right here. Do you understand me?”
Chief Larry Hall, of Buckeye police, met Monday with Sánchez, his wife, and son to discuss the video.