Police officers in La Quinta, California held a man named Alejandro Natividad at gunpoint while commanding him to get on the ground. The man refused to comply with their commands, as he claimed he had committed no crime. He recorded his close encounter with them.
According to Natividad’s side of the story, he was riding in the passenger seat with a friend on the way to another friend’s house when he noticed the driver acting strange. According to the passenger:
“We were on our way to my friends house, and we were at a stop light. When the light turned green, my friend began to make some weird motions, and it really freaked me out. I told him the light was green, and he had a deer-in-the-headlights look. A deputy walked up and asked what was going on, and I told him that my friend was acting weird. He asked if we had any weapons, and I said ‘no.’
At this time, my friend was still doing some weird motions and finally answered the deputy’s question if he was okay. I had mentioned that we were in the middle of the street, and he came to and stepped on the gas and drove onto the corner. I jumped out of the car and walked out with my hands up and was standing where the recording took place. A deputy drove up and came out of his vehicle with his gun drawn. That’s when I decided to record.”
And that’s where the video started:
Here’s what Natividad told the Free Thought Project about why he refused to comply with the officers’ commands:
“I wasn’t under arrest. The deputy even admits that I did nothing yet had a gun pointed at me. Where’s the logic in that? I was afraid, and if I was going to get harmed, I’d much rather take it standing than on my face.”
It used to be the last resort for police to draw their weapons. Nowadays, they use their guns all too often, and innocent people end up dying, all because the police claim their lives were being threatened.
The Free Thought Project reported:
Natividad tells us that eventually two more officers approached him and threatened to taser and beat him with a baton and he was cuffed and put into the back of a cruiser. But he never went face down.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested for DUI of marijuana and released the next day.
Natividad, after standing his ground and asserting his rights, was then free to go.
I think I probably would have complied with the officers’ commands, because I wouldn’t want to die like that. Would it be humiliating? Yes, especially if I were innocent. But that’s just the way it is living in the Amerikan police state.