VIRAL VIDEO: Police officer points gun at 2 people for 9 minutes during traffic stop
Since being posted, the video has garnered more than 650,000 views.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A video that's gone viral shows a Campbell, California police officer pointing his gun at two people for nine minutes during a traffic stop.
In the video, the passenger repeatedly asks the officer to stop pointing his weapon and states that his hands are visible. The officer continues to aim his weapon, while calling for backup.
Campbell Police say the car was stopped for speeding. Officials say the officer asked the driver for her license and other paperwork.
Authorities say both the driver and passenger spent several minutes searching for the paperwork, and the passenger then began reaching under his seat. At this time, the officer felt threatened and pulled out his gun, according to police.
A Campbell Police spokesperson issued the following statement:
"We understand that it is never a comfortable position to have a gun pointed at you, regardless of whether it is a police officer. Unfortunately, the length of time that the officer’s gun was drawn lasted much longer than normal based on his location. If this same situation would have occurred closer to back-up officers, it would most likely have been resolved much sooner."
The driver and the passenger were given citations and were then allowed to leave.
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