Seattle, WA – The Seattle Police Department’s Office of Police Accountability (OPA) has opened an investigation after a video was posted that showed a Seattle police officer sitting in his police car with his weapon in his hand (video below).
Future Crystals, a self-described Seattle activist and livestreamer, said the Seattle officer was in a marked police vehicle at Cal Anderson Park, which was the center of the previously cop-free Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP), KIRO reported.
Crystals said he observed the officer, inside his car, pulling what he believed to be his pistol from his waist.
So the masked activist approached the police officer to film him while he questioned why the officer had taken out his gun.
“To me it looked like he was following me. I was scared to my core,” Crystals told KIRO. “It looked like he was going to be harassing a homeless person.”
He claimed he approached the officer’s window to get his attention and distract him from the homeless person.
“You saw what happened in LASO?” the officer asked in the video, referring to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.
“No,” Crystals replied.
So the officer in the video explained to the activist that two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies had recently been ambushed inside their patrol vehicle as they sat outside a Metro station in Compton.
It turned out that one of Crystals’ friends knew the officer that he had been filming and took him back to talk to the cop later on that night, KIRO reported.
“One of the most dangerous places for a police officer to be is to be caught in their car,” Seattle Police Officer W. Geoghagan explained to Crystals in the second cell phone video the activist filmed of him that night.
“And so to be able to defend themselves, you can take reasonable steps – which I did,” Officer Geoghagan said.
Crystals complained that police were supposed to be protecting the people and not pulling guns on them, KIRO reported.
But the video showed the officer held his weapon in his lap and never pointed it at anyone.
Law enforcement sources told The Police Tribune that the Seattle police officer had done the right thing for his safety given the circumstances.
“A masked man he doesn’t know just approached him right after cops are being shot in cars and he’s sitting in the formerly occupied zone of Seattle,” the source pointed out.
OPA told KIRO that they have an initiated an investigation into the incident.
The Police Tribune reached out to the Seattle Police Department for comment on the investigation but had not received a response by publication time.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: