Video shows men pointing loaded guns at Cleveland police officer
CLEVELAND (WJW) — The Cleveland Police Division and the Cleveland Department of Public Safety are investigating a shocking and deeply disturbing video that is being shared on social media.
The video, dated April 6, appears to show two young men pointing loaded 9mm handguns with additional tactical magazines directly at a CPD officer seated inside his cruiser in broad daylight.
The men, who may have been hiding behind tinted vehicle glass, are also seen waving their guns and laughing the whole time.
“When you watch this video and think what’s going through their minds, what are they thinking,” said Councilman Mike Polensek, chairman of the Cleveland Public Safety Committee. “They think they can do whatever they want. They’re not afraid.
Polensek called the video very disturbing and proof of the dangers that police officers and the unsuspecting public face every day.
Although the video is only 7 seconds long, he said many lives could have been changed forever.
“It could have gone very wrong because if that officer had looked to the right and seen a gun pointed at him, he would have every right to draw his service weapon and shoot and he would have every right, and while ‘would we hear…Why did they do that? Come on, when you’re so emboldened, when you think you can point a gun at a police officer and laugh it off like it’s a joke, you’re playing with your own life’ , said Polensek.
Neither the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association nor the Department of Public Safety commented on the video on Monday, but a spokesperson confirmed the video was being investigated and taken very seriously.
Polensek said he hoped something could be done because with such reckless behavior. He said it was only a matter of time before the men hurt themselves or someone else.
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