Video: California Man Detained by Off-Duty Cop Says He Feared He Was Being Robbed After Officer Failed to Identify Himself

An off-duty Stockton P*olice Department o*fficer was caught on video detaining a driver at gunpoint on the side of the road. (Tim Swope / Facebook video screenshot)

P*olice in Stockton, California, said they’re reviewing an i*ncident where an off-duty o*fficer detained a motorist at gunpoint following a traffic i*ncident late last month.

Much of the harrowing encounter was captured on bystander video.

Stockton P*olice said the i*ncident unfolded May 25 when an off-duty o*fficer spotted an SUV pulling a U-Haul trailer driving erratically on Highway 99. The vehicle was headed westbound when authorities say the driver, 26-year-old James Weaver, “intentionally swerved” at the o*fficer’s vehicle.

A clip from the i*ncident, posted by Facebook user Tim Swope, shows the c*op, identified by CBS Sacramento as Kevin Hachler, with his gun drawn while ordering Weaver to lie down on the ground.

“Don’t move,” the o*fficer says. “I’m not going to keep telling you.”

Swope, who filmed the i*ncident, repeatedly asks Hachler what the problem is, but gets no answer. Weaver, still down on the ground, is then heard a*ccusing the o*fficer of attempting to run him off the road.

“And you’re a c*op?!” he asks in disbelief. “What’s your badge number? You’ve gotta give me your f—–g badge number.”

The driver told CBS Sacramento he and his friends were towing a trailer from Reno to Stockon to buy a car. When Weaver switched lanes, he said someone driving a pickup flashed an obscene gesture at him.

“I don’t believe I c*ut him off when switching lanes,” he told the station.

“I think he just didn’t want to be behind us with the trailer because of the speed we were maintaining.”

Weaver said the driver of pickup tailed him for nearly 45 minutes until he pulled over to the side of the road. He said it wasn’t until he was face down on the g*round that Hachler identified himself as an o*fficer.

“And he g*rabs me by the back of the shirt like this and p*oints the g*un at my chest,” Weaver recalled. “At this point, we are thinking we’re being r*obbed because he hasn’t identified himself as a p*olice o*fficer.”

Stockton P*olice gave a slightly different account of the i*ncident. According to the department, Hachler contacted California Highway P*olice after he said Weaver crossed multiple lanes of traffic, then intentionally swerved at him after getting onto westbound Highway 4.

Hachler followed Weaver off the highway and into downtown Stockton, where the young man pulled over and parked. Three people exited the SUV Weaver was driving, after which Hachler got out of his pickup as well. The o*fficer claims Weaver then started walking toward his truck with one hand in his pocket.

That’s when Hachler said he announced himself as an o*fficer, drew his gun and detained Weaver at gunpoint until uniformed CHP o*fficers arrived.

The young man was later a*rrested on ch*arges of a*ssault with a d*eadly w*eapon and r*eckless driving.

Stockton news blog 209 Times reported that the ch*arges were dropped May 31 after Weaver b*ailed out of j*ail.

Stockton p*olice say the case remains under administrative review.

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