Motorcycle rider sues King County detective who pointed gun at him
August 02, 2018
CLICK TO ENLARGE: Still image from GoPro camera operated by motorcycle rider showing KC Sheriff detective in plainclothes pointing gun at motorcycle rider. Photo: YouTube
(SEATTLE, WA.) – A King County Sheriff's detective who was in plain clothes about a year ago when he pulled a gun out and pointed it at a motorcycle rider who filmed the encounter with a GoPro camera, will be going to court it appears.
The rider, Alex Randall filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Tuesday, according to SeattlePI.com which says the legal action, against Detective Richard Rowe and the Sheriff's Office, alleges Rowe didn’t properly identify himself as a law officer during the stop and used excessive force, among other things.
Background on the case is here .
Rowe was placed on leave while a sheriff’s office investigation into the incident moved forward. Rowe was eventually suspended for five days without pay.
The incident revolves around a video posted to YouTube by Randall who says he recorded it with a GoPro camera. He claims Rowe pulled a gun on him while he was out riding his motorcycle on August 16, 2017.
Randall believes the manner in which Rowe confronted him and pulled the gun was uncalled for and way over the top – needlessly threatening to a citizen.
In an introduction to the video that is on YouTube Ranndall wrote, “This video shows the boldness of the King County Sheriffs Deputies and lack of fear of repercussions in threatening and intimidating an unarmed citizen with excessive use of force."
The video clip shows Randall pulling his bike up to a stop light. A man in street clothes (Rowe) can be seen walking up to the left side of the motorcycle with a gun pulled close to his chest and pointed at Randall.
The man is not seen displaying a badge immediately or immediately identifying himself as a law officer.
Randall is heard on the audio portion of the video saying, “What are you doing to me?”
“What do you mean what am I doing?” the man with the gun responds. “You’re f**king driving reckless. Give me your driver’s license or I’m going to knock you off this bike.”
Randall said, "I will pull over. I am unarmed."
At one point the man with the gun reaches into Randall’s front pants pocket. He takes out Randall’s wallet to get his identification.
“I’m sorry. You have a gun drawn on me, so I’m a little panicked,” Randall says to which the man responds, “You’re right, because I’m the police. When you’re driving and you’re going to place people at risk at 100 miles an hour plus on the God dang roadway.”
In writing at the end of the video Randall claimed he was not traveling 100 miles per hour. He wrote that the man's comment was a fabrication and an exaggeration.'