A California police officer was caught with a camera captivating a Spanish man and his black neighbor while they waited for a locksmith after an alarm was accidentally triggered in one of their homes in a closed community in Sacramento.
Ed Dowdy marked his neighbor Omar on Sunday morning and asked to borrow a phone after locking his own phone and keys in his car.
The couple was chatting while they waited outside for a locksmith to arrive when the sheriff's sheriff stopped to investigate a burglar alarm that Omar's daughter had sounded earlier that morning.
The men reported the disturbing interaction recorded by Omars Ring doorbell camera Fox40, describing how the assistant sheriff assumed that they were doing something suspicious because they were just standing in front of their own house.
A California policeman was caught at the camera captivating a Spanish man and his black neighbor while they waited for a locksmith after an alarm was accidentally triggered in one of their homes in a gated community in Sacramento on Sunday morning
Ed Dowdy (right) and his neighbor Omar (left) told the disturbing interaction – recorded by Omar & # 39; s Ring Doorbell Camera – at local news station FOX40
The men said they were overwhelmed by the first question from the delegate: & Do you have a probationary period or conditional release? & # 39;
& # 39; It shocked us a bit, why would he even ask? & # 39; Omar, who is Spanish and owns a cleaning company, said.
& # 39; Do we look like criminals or something? And for me I have the feeling that he has decided in his head who we were at the time. & # 39;
Omar said he offered to go inside to get his driver's license to prove that he was the owner of the house, but the gentleman, who is not mentioned, would not allow it.
& # 39; I said to him: & # 39; I have my ID at home. My wife and children are inside. Do you want me to make it? I can go get it & # 39 ;, he remembered.
The officer reportedly said, "No, I will write it down," and went back to his vehicle to enter Omar's name and date of birth in the system.
When he returned, he said he couldn't find a report from Omar.
Moments later, the assistant sheriff put both men in handcuffs.
He can be heard in the ringtones and says: & You are here outside a house where an alarm went off, right? You are only here and your name is not very good.
& # 39; Well, I have a reasonable suspicion that a crime is being committed, right? So I can hold people. & # 39;
When the men asked to speak to the assistant sheriff's supervisor, he replied: & I don't need to call him. I'm not going to waste his time. & # 39;
Dowdy said the & # 39; belligerent & # 39; Assistant Sheriff then searched him without his permission.
Dowdy and Omar had a conversation outside the latter man's house when the assistant sheriff stopped to investigate an alarm that Omar's daughter had accidentally sounded earlier that morning
The men said the assistant sheriff did not believe in their innocent account of what was happening and decided to put them in handcuffs instead.
After a few minutes, Omar's wife came out of their house and handed his ID to the officer.
The men were released after a police sergeant appeared.
Omar and Dowdy, who is black and a veteran of the army, said that they respect law enforcement and tried to work with the delegate, but in this case they were mistreated.
& # 39; I don't feel we should be shouted or put in handcuffs or searched or searched, & # 39; said Dowdy.
& # 39; There are so many different ways it could have been addressed, & # 39; Omar added.
Sgt Tess Deterding from Sacramento County Sheriff & # 39; s Office gave FOX40 the following statement after watching the Ring video: & # 39; An overall assessment of the video does not appear to be a violation of policy or law .
& # 39; However, the video is insufficient to draw a conclusion.
& # 39; If these people feel that the situation has not been handled correctly by Sheriffs Office staff, we encourage them to contact us so that we can gather more information. & # 39;
It is unclear whether the men are planning to follow up on the incident.
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