Bad: Perry police chief on leave for altercation with Walmart greeter (Utah)
As reported by KSL.com:
Perry police chief on leave for altercation with Walmart greeter
December 28th, 2010 @ 6:00pm
HARRISVILLE - A shopping trip turned into a belligerent shouting match between a Northern Utah Chief of Police and Walmart employees. The chief involved is now on paid administrative leave after the incident.
Investigating officers say they don't know exactly what made the chief so angry, but they say he shouted profanity at both Walmart employees, and their officers.
Surveillance video shows him checking out, loading several items into his cart-- some that were bags, but many that were not. He paid the clerk and then pushed his cart toward the exit, but that's when Harrisville Police say the Chief's trip to the store took a turn for the worse.
"One of the door greeters approached him, and just asked for the receipt because of some of the unbagged items," said Lt. Keith Wheelright of the Harrisville Police department.
The 70-year-old Walmart door greeter approached Jones because she was following a new store procedure. Employees are now supposed to ask to see a receipt for items not in store bags, but apparently Jones didn't want to give it to her.
"He allegedly swore at the door greeter, walked past her without showing her the receipt," said Wheelright.
Jones allegedly shouted extreme profanity at both the elderly woman and the male employee standing in the entrance. Police say he also threatened to injure one of the loss prevention employees, and once Harrisville officers arrived, he became even more aggravated-- and continued to yell and swear at them. He also refused to tell the officers who he was.
"Just a lot of stuff about if you've got a reason, go ahead and arrest me," Wheelright said about Jones' comments. "A lot of things like that. I don't have to show you an ID, I've got rights and I know what they are. I don't have to tell you who I am."
Several security employees followed Jones into the parking lot and again attempted to talk to him. At that point, no one knew who Jones was and he did not identify himself as a law enforcer, Wheelwright said.
"The male then told us to (expletive) off and that he just spent over $400 and now he was being accused of stealing," according to the police report.
Witness Kelly East said Jones was "very confrontational, hostile, and I felt threatened because of his actions." Jones then threatened East not to point at anything in his shopping cart.
"Point at anything again and I will whoop your (expletive) (expletive)," East claimed Jones said.
Only after the Harrisville Chief of Police arrived on the scene did Jones calm down...
The full story w/video report can be found at; http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=13808117
Question for active LEO:
What is a person to do, a civilian, when confronted by a police off-duty who acts out in such a manner?
Now in this case the person, Chief Mike Jones, was not recognized by anyone and thus an unknown person no doubt assumed by all (store staff and responding police) to be yet another bag of nuts of his meds.
Easily this could have gone sideways especially considering Jones was acting erratic and unreasonable as he did to start (his choice of words and manner of delivery).