California Man Sues Police for Pulling Gun on Him for Recording

Nobody was surprised when the California cop who [__pulled a gun on a man l__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/08/california-cop-pulls-gun-on-man-for-video-recording-him-in-public/)ast year because he was recording was cleared of any wrongdoing.

After all, police will always protect their own – even if the evidence against them is crisp and clear on video that their officer acted like a complete thug.

But Rohnert Park police have no control over who sues them, which is why they are now getting sued by a man accusing one of their officers of violating his Constitutional rights by pulling out his gun and threatening to kill him.

All because the California man was standing in front of his home recording the cop driving through his neighborhood.

So perhaps a jury will not believe Rohnert Park police officer David Rodriguez acted [__“reasonable”__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/10/rohnert-park-cop-acted-reasonable-when-he-pulled-gun-on-man-with-camera/) when he pulled out his gun on Don McComas on the sunny afternoon of July 29, 2015.

Rodriguez was cruising in his patrol car in what appears to be an upper middle-class neighborhood when he noticed that McComas was recording.

Rather than just ignore him, Rodriguez stopped his car in the middle of the street and stepped out, pulling out his gun and pointing it at McComas, ordering him to take his hands out of his pockets.

But the video makes it clear that McComas is holding the camera with one hand is holding his phone in the other hand – not that Rodriguez would have been justified in pulling the gun if he had his hands in his pockets.

Less than a month later, Rohnert Park police [__raided the home of a man__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/08/rohnert-park-cops-raid-home-of-man-who-criticized-them-on-fb-over-co-workers-viral-video-incident/) who criticized them over the raid, so perhaps he will be filing a lawsuit soon if he has not already.

Read the [__lawsuit here.__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/rohnertparklawsuit.pdf) Watch the video below. Tell us if you think Rodriguez acted “reasonable” as Rohnert Park investigators determined last year.

Nobody was surprised when the California cop who [__pulled a gun on a man l__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/08/california-cop-pulls-gun-on-man-for-video-recording-him-in-public/)ast year because he was recording was cleared of any wrongdoing.

After all, police will always protect their own – even if the evidence against them is crisp and clear on video that their officer acted like a complete thug.

But Rohnert Park police have no control over who sues them, which is why they are now getting sued by a man accusing one of their officers of violating his Constitutional rights by pulling out his gun and threatening to kill him.

All because the California man was standing in front of his home recording the cop driving through his neighborhood.

So perhaps a jury will not believe Rohnert Park police officer David Rodriguez acted [__“reasonable”__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/10/rohnert-park-cop-acted-reasonable-when-he-pulled-gun-on-man-with-camera/) when he pulled out his gun on Don McComas on the sunny afternoon of July 29, 2015.

Rodriguez was cruising in his patrol car in what appears to be an upper middle-class neighborhood when he noticed that McComas was recording.

Rather than just ignore him, Rodriguez stopped his car in the middle of the street and stepped out, pulling out his gun and pointing it at McComas, ordering him to take his hands out of his pockets.

But the video makes it clear that McComas is holding the camera with one hand is holding his phone in the other hand – not that Rodriguez would have been justified in pulling the gun if he had his hands in his pockets.

Less than a month later, Rohnert Park police [__raided the home of a man__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/08/rohnert-park-cops-raid-home-of-man-who-criticized-them-on-fb-over-co-workers-viral-video-incident/) who criticized them over the raid, so perhaps he will be filing a lawsuit soon if he has not already.

Read the [__lawsuit here.__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/rohnertparklawsuit.pdf) Watch the video below. Tell us if you think Rodriguez acted “reasonable” as Rohnert Park investigators determined last year.

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Editor-in-Chief Carlos Miller spent a decade covering the cop beat for various newspapers in the Southwest before returning to his hometown Miami and launching Photography is Not a Crime aka PINAC News in 2007. He also published a book, The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which is available on Amazon.

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