SEATTLE – A detective who was caught on camera pointing a gun at a motorcyclist during a traffic stop was suspended for five days without pay.
KOMO reported King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht announced the punishment Monday. She said she was disappointed in Detective Sgt. Richard Rowe’s behavior during the Aug. 16, 2017, traffic stop – including poor firearm handling, yelling, swearing and failure to immediately identify himself as a deputy.
But she defended Rowe’s decision to pull out his sidearm, because he said the motorcyclist, Alex Randall, made a gesture that caused the detective to believe he may have had a gun in his waistband. Randall did not have a firearm.
Randall said Rowe was lying when he claimed he thought he had a gun.
Randall had a helmet cam rolling on the incident and posted it on YouTube.
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