Video captures cop yelling 'pretend like we're gonna shoot you' at a black woman during traffic stop
A Houston Police Department spokesperson said on Monday that the department was aware of the video and that the supervisors were investigating the incident
A police officer from Houston was caught on video shouting at a black woman "pretend like we're gonna shoot you" during a traffic stop on Saturday, according to reports.
The incident was recorded by a passing motorist named Denee Harris on her cellphone. The seven-minute clip shows multiple police vehicles and officers in uniform stopping a blue Nissan SUV and asking all of its four occupants to come out of the vehicle at gunpoint.
The traffic stop reportedly took place outside a Walgreens pharmacy at the intersection of Tidwell and Homestead roads in Houston.
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The clip begins with a police officer using a loudspeaker, ordering the driver of the car to come out of the vehicle.
A man eventually comes out from the car with his hands raised over his head and walks towards the officers who have their guns pointed at him.
The officer then orders the passenger in the backseat to get out of the Nissan. An African-American woman emerges from the car with her hands raised and walks backwards slightly. The officer then shouts at her and says: "[raise your hands] over your head! Pretend like we're gonna shoot you!'
Harris, who was shooting the video, becomes infuriated at this point and exclaims: "Now why would you say that?!"
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"Hands up! Put your hands up. Over your head! Pretend like we’re going to shoot you!" pic.twitter.com/mYXLiXXzLH
The other two occupants of the vehicle also come out of the SUV eventually and one of them can be seen walking with the help of a crutch.
The video then shows the officer snatching the crutch away from the passenger's hand and throwing it on the ground and then detaining him.
The clip then ends with an officer getting inside the car and driving it down the road as some of the witnesses speculate that the officer could have planted an evidence in the SUV.
The video, by Monday morning, had garnered a total of 158,000 views. Reports state that it was not immediately clear why the police officers had pulled over the vehicles and detained the passengers.
A Houston Police Department spokesperson told Daily Mail on Monday that the department was aware of the video and that the supervisors were investigating the incident, reports state.