Things escalated quickly during a traffic stop in Texas after the police officer learned the driver had a concealed carry license and a gun with him.
Alonza Gonzalez was making a turn in Rosenberg when he was pulled over last year. Schnacky, a police officer, walks up to his window and says: “You got your drivers license with you and insurance?”
Gonzalez said, “Yeah, what’s the reason you stopped me?”
“I’ll tell you in just a minute,” the officer said.
He added: “You have your handgun with you today? Where is it?”
Gonzalez replied, “On me, on my right side.”
The officer quickly called for backup.
And after the backup arrived, Schnacky told the new officer that Gonzalez was not being cooperative. The new officer then pulled his gun out of his holster, and told Gonzalez to put his hands on the wheel.
“Here’s what I want you to do. I want you to step out of the truck for me; when you do so I want you to keep your hands on the back of your head, OK?” the other officer said.
Seconds later, Gonzalez was under arrest.
The video of the situation was just released this week, and Rosenberg has filed a complaint.
“Just because I have a handgun on me and a license to carry should not be a big deal, but that is what made it the turning point,” Gonzalez told Click2Houston. “If I didn’t have my firearm on me, I would have had a citation and they would have let me go.”
But internal reports of the matter indicated that an investigation found the officers involved followed proper procedures, though the police department wouldn’t comment publicly on it.
People are up in arms over the video online, however, saying the video clearly shows the cops were wrong.
“Giving an officer your license, insurance, and license to carry then politely asking why you were pulled over is now reason to be arrested in Rosenberg, Texas,” said one Facebook user.
“Since when do you go to jail for not using a blinker? I would sue the whole department! Does the officer not know we live in Texas where our Governor just made it legal to open carry?” added another.