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Police Officer On Leave After Video Captures Him Verbally Abusing CCW HolderCanton, OH — Judging by the almost 500,00 views of this following Youtube video, a lot of you have already heard about the incident in Canton, Ohio involving a cop going berserk on a man lawfully carrying a concealed weapon.

But for those of you unaware, a police cruiser’s dashcam was rolling as two police officers pull up behind a parked car containing a man in the backseat, a woman outside of the car and 52-year-old William Bartlett (pictured), who had a license to carry a concealed weapon.

Things start off badly with the cop in charge immediately identifying himself as one of those cops who loathes the people he swore to protect. But before I go any further, know that I do not hate cops. Not all of them, anyway. Most can tell you that I am a cop sympathizer. I take a lot of flack from Athena because I occasionally make excuses for cops involved in chases or scuffles that end with someone dead or Tased or homeowners who have their pets killed after a SWAT team bursts into the wrong home.

But the following video demonstrates everything people hate about some police and the officer at the center of this incident symbolizes every negative stereotype you can think of regarding cops. The officers never secure the driver while they perform what looks like an illegal search of the backseat, and continually interrupt Bartlett who tries to tell them he has a concealed weapon and a license to carry it that he obtained 30 days earlier. When he is finally asked to step out, he tries to hand the officer the permit which he has in his hand.

What follows is the officer turning into Gny. Sgt. Hartman as he yells, curses and berates Bartlett, telling him that he should blast him in the mouth and that he’s close to caving in his head. He also threatens to beat the woman, and finally tells Bartlett that he should have put ten bullets in him. Throughout all of this, Bartlett remains polite and apologetic. But here, check out the video for yourself.

Because of this video, the police officer with the big mouth is off the job and on administrative leave. Canton’s police chief even issued a statement that read, “The behavior demonstrated on the video is wholly unacceptable and it violates many rules, regulations and standards we demand of our officers.”  The video has also become yet another example a lot of CCW holders point to in regards to the “mandatory notification” and why it needs to be changed.

If you’d like to help out with the driver’s defense so that he can get an attorney to represent him against failure to inform charges, you can contribute to The Legal Defense Fund.

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  • Parrot Toes

    There shouldn’t even be a need for that polite and patient man to get a lawyer to defend himself.  It’s clearly on video and the cops should be the ones inconvenienced in multiple ways (loss of jobs, forced to pay for their defence, etc.)

    That man took every insult, threat and injury thrown at him with a “yes sir” and a “no sir”.  He is a champ and did nothing wrong from my point of view.  The big-mouthed cop, on the other hand, in the VERY least owes a sincere apology to that guy AND should be forced to take some obviously needed stress therapy sessions along with his “time off”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dre.mosley Dre Mosley

    Nothing like watching a hothead with a badge and a gun torpedo himself.   An asshole like that shouldn’t be out there “Protecting and Serving.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/dre.mosley Dre Mosley

    Nothing like watching a hothead with a badge and a gun torpedo himself.   An asshole like that shouldn’t be out there “Protecting and Serving.”

  • Anonymous

    Apparently no one told Mr. Hothead that carrying a badge comes with a big responsibility one he’s clearly unable to meet. He berated that driver, threatened to harass him any time he sees him, and even makes mention of executing him even though the driver had made no threatening gestures, comments or moves. The last I checked, executing someone is only legal if someone is tried, convicted and sentence to an execution by court of law.

    It’s cops like that one that cause people to lose respect for all police. With people like him “protecting” us, we’re better off just taking our chances with the criminals. I wonder why his partner never saw fit to tell him to cool down and isn’t facing some charges of his own. From what I see he was agreeing with everything the hothead said, fueling him on. I know not ALL cops are bad/dirty but the truth is we do have too many them “protecting and serving” us.

    All that was because the guy picked up someone who he may or may not have known was a prostitute? Damn.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    That fucking cop needs to lose his job and face criminal charges.  Pigs who act like they’re above the law piss me the fuck off.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    That fucking cop needs to lose his job and face criminal charges.  Pigs who act like they’re above the law piss me the fuck off.

  • Anonymous

    He tells the driver he knew better because he took a class to get the gun permit. That jackass with the badge must have taken his police training on YouTube videos. He seemed intent on bullying the women and other passenger (was passenger black?) and only searched where they were. He is so stupid he put his own life in danger being a complete dick. Gawd, I hope he’s not married, one can only imagine the hell his wife and family must suffer. I thought they gave pscyh test to weed out people with personality disorders. Maybe he’s got a relative on the force who got him the job.

  • Anonymous

    He tells the driver he knew better because he took a class to get the gun permit. That jackass with the badge must have taken his police training on YouTube videos. He seemed intent on bullying the women and other passenger (was passenger black?) and only searched where they were. He is so stupid he put his own life in danger being a complete dick. Gawd, I hope he’s not married, one can only imagine the hell his wife and family must suffer. I thought they gave pscyh test to weed out people with personality disorders. Maybe he’s got a relative on the force who got him the job.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4FPT55L4K6NIG5XNVM3PA66GYY Kristen

    That is just insane. And scary as hell. How did this bulldog get through police training?? I hope they throw the book at that ass.

  • Anonymous

    Wow…. can you say “Open mouth, insert foot.”? Thats one of the reasons I’m afraid of carrying a gun, alot of times you have a rookie cop who gets so adrenaline rushed that he’s tunnel visioned and shoots you thinking you were going to shoot him. So many times I’ve heard of cops accidentally shooting and killing someone because it looked like they had or were reaching for a gun. Regardless of whether or not the officers were berating about being quiet, I would rather be thrown in jail for being disorderly and berate him back about the CHL I was trying to hand him, and then once in jail start requesting his supervisor, his supervisors supervisor, and getting in touch with IA. Guaranteed this isn’t the first time this officer has acted like this! He’s obviously had a chip on his shoulder for a while. I really wanna take a needle and deflate his ego…. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Damon-Brooks/16830551 Damon Brooks

    That was orders of magnitude more intense then I expected. Seriously scary.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JOQEK7MXF3ZPIVMKJURIPZHITE Christopher B

    Yeah, I could have seen the cop being super seriously pissed off for a minute. But not going back a couple times and blowing off on the man…….. Police wonder why people hesitate to respect them…….

  • Anonymous

    He probably forgot the camera and microphone start recording once you switch the lights on…haha!  Often the footage is used to defend police officers against lying drivers accusing them of abuse.  In our town, claimants are treated courteously and the chief of police offers each person the chance to watch the video before proceeding with their compaint.  So far, no one has proceeded with an official complaint. 

    I watched this video yesterday and felt disgusted at the way he treated the driver and people in the car.  I have total respect for people who have CCWs because they take the time and expense to follow the law.  This pinhead cop should lose his job for his foul behavior (maybe even charge him with mayhem) and piss-poor performance at securing the vehicle. 

    AND HIS PARTNER IS JUST AS CULPABLE.  He did NOTHING to stop this.

  • Hekate

    welcome to America… comrade.. now shut up and assume the position…
    this video distills into 17 minutes everything i hate about cops. I know there are ‘good’ cops who truly care about serving the public good but here’s the rub… if they dont put their fellow officers in check when they are out of line then they are as much to blame as their crooked or loose cannon peers. Holding a badge of law enforcement is a responsibility to a higher standard they chose.. the ‘blue wall’ be damned….
    As for this *cough* officer… its not a stretch to imagine he was picked on in school and had his luch money taken on a daily basis and now he can be the bully… disgusting

  • http://infowars.com Domino

    “that’s how police officer’s get killed” …. looks to me police officers get killed because of complete retardation.

    didn’t they teach that to them in their classes? to remove and secure everyone in a vehicle before a fucking search? ESPECIALLY the fucking driver?!

    lol if this would have been a criminal, he had his head all up in that car. he could have blown a hole in his head so quick, drove off with him, backed over the other cop – all kinds of shenanigans.

  • Anonymous

    Wanna know why this all happened? Because the minute the officers finally dealt with the driver, they had realized all the mistakes they’d made before & they were pissed at themselves. So, who better to take it out than on the people who they have right in front of them?

    I betcha these assholes get mad with someone & they take it out on everyone.

  • Anonymous

    Betcha these 2 idiots barely passed the cop exam… they needed muscles in that dept. so they got hired.

  • Anonymous

    Betcha these 2 idiots barely passed the cop exam… they needed muscles in that dept. so they got hired.

  • Anonymous

    seriously the driver could have just started the car and drove off…while the yes the passenger was black..and he was more worried about him and the woman he swore he knew..than the driver with the bulge..how stupid..

  • http://profiles.google.com/ericagieras Erica Gieras

    Wow people like that should not be allowed to breed. The first words out of the drivers mouth were “I have a conceal carry…” and then the cop is all blah blah blah shut the F up you liar…blah blah. What a total DOUCHE! The guy had the card in his hand and it sounded like the officer asked him what he was holding. 

  • http://twitter.com/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    What.The.Phuck!!!!

    The woman was automatically a prostitute. The black guy was automatically a pimp accused of using the wrong name, even though he spelled it out. The dude in the front (who it took him 5 minutes to get to because he’s white probably) had a weapon, was picking up assumed pimp and prostitute (3 strikes in the cops eyes). Yeah, this cop was awesome.

    Wasn’t the “pimp” in the back seat? PIMPS DON’T RIDE IN THE BACK SEAT…THEIR HOES DO. Ugh…

    Yeah, in this situation NWA got it right.

  • Anonymous

    This is the first time I am glad there was a camera runnin’

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trisha-Doran/1055147616 Trisha Doran

    “Wasn’t the “pimp” in the back seat? PIMPS DON’T RIDE IN THE BACK SEAT…THEIR HOES DO. Ugh…” hahahahahaaaaa

    Damn straight!  Man that cop was such a piece of assmeat – seriously!  So what was his blockhead partner doing besides nothing?  And surely they knew the tape was running.  So here’s my take:

    1.  They knew the tape was running
    2.  They’d done stuff before and nothing happened
    3.  Whoever’d covered up before just couldn’t take this level of asstardary.

    Sheesh.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FC7HVG7QW5OHXQV4OII2IDEUU Sue

    I’ve never had any training, but I could still tell you just about every move that cop made was amateur at best.  Why would you ever stick your head into a car without securing every person in the vehicle?  Then he’s gonna yell at the driver about “That’s how cops get killed!!”???  It’s a shame they don’t test for common sense before hiring.  I’m not saying this job is easy, not by any means, so isn’t that all the more reason to think before you act?

  • http://twitter.com/AngelsMom0806 Angels Mom

    4. It got leaked to YouTube so it couldn’t be covered up this time.

  • aka jas

    That “cop” makes me sick. 

  • Anonymous

    The cop was definitely out of line. I can understand his fear of concealed weapons; I would be. I would also not be a cop in Ohio with legality of concealed weapons. I don’t agree with, but I don’t live in Ohio either.

    I don’t know if the cop should be fired, but the gun owner deserves an apology and the officier needs additional training including anger management if he is not let go.

    I have no idea why the gun owner needs a legal defense fund. The video is clear: the owner of the gun acted correctly and legally.

  • Anonymous

    Me thinks psycho cop is also steroid cop. . . . Just sayin’

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_73XIRZPTAHFYUFHHT45NRCWJGI reen

    “Legal defeense fund” = attorney for the lawsuit

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Damon-Brooks/16830551 Damon Brooks

    Because the gun owner is still facing charges.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_73XIRZPTAHFYUFHHT45NRCWJGI reen

    Sure, but he’s probably easy to defend on them due to the video (the failure to inform charges). He was on the receiving end of a whole host of abuses, though, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he sued.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been treated like this by “good guy cops” a few times. Spit in my face, called me a worthless fucking hippie, on and on. It has made me fear the fuck outta cops. I’ve never been arrested but I sure have been fucked with. This cop reminds me of a cop I met in Arizona. Sorry I have no respect for these bastards. Yeppers there are good cops…but how the hell are we supposed to know the good ones from the bad ones…they all dress alike. ;)

  • Anonymous

    I know, but the video is very clear as to what happened. Why would a DA
    waste the state’s money on a frivolous trial?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lara.robertson76 Lara Robertson

    well said, while i respect the law i dont totally respect law enforcement officers. this is a sad excuse of a police officer who needs some serious R&R and anger management!

  • Alicia

    Every cop I’ve had the misfortune of coming into contact with has been a total asshole except for ONE. I’ve had a fear of cops since I was a little kid. I remember one time when I was about 6 years old, a cop came and knocked on my front door. I took one look out the window, saw a cop in uniform, then bolted into my dad’s room and hid under the bed covers. The cop turned out to be a friend of my dad’s who was stopping by after his shift ended. He and my dad tried to talk to me and explain that I didn’t need to be afraid of cops, but I still am to this day.

    My husband has been racially profiled twice; once when I was in the car with him I was treated like shit because, in the cop’s words “you’re a pretty white girl, why would you marry and associate with Latinos?” Some pretty messed up shit having a cop tell you that.

  • Anonymous

    Thats for sure.Sounds like he needs anger management.

  • Anonymous

    That sounds about right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kennyhackett Kenny Hackett

    It’s called the blue wall.  Now that is’s out in public via youtube, the charges will probably get dropped.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kennyhackett Kenny Hackett

    In the south this officer would have been fired post haste.

  • Breadstix

    Yea Youtube!
    Boo stupid out of control might need some pussy cop!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know. Someone with more knowledge can correct me if I’m wrong but dropping the charges would be the state out right admitting wrong doing. It is kinda sticky grounds for them. They may be using the charges to wiggle some kind of admittance of guilt from this guy so they won’t get sued. If I was this guy I would find a very hungry lawyer wanting to stick it to the city.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kennyhackett Kenny Hackett

    They might want to cut ties with the cop and let him fight his own battle.  If I were this guy I would be calling for federal charges as in my opinion this cop clearly violated his civil rights along with his second amendment rights.  If I were Canton Ohio, I would be playing defense.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1415881786 Tori Sheffer

    wow if they guy would have been slightly more agressive..like rolling his eyes or humfing under his breath…omg it could have been worse!!! this is why noone trust and have little res9ect for officers these days…it used to be being a cop was relatively safe with exce9tion but now..they run from oakland and compton…they have better firearms there!!

  • Anonymous

    Glad I have never been pulled over going through Canton. It’s just a piss poor hole in the wall town nothing really to see there. If you are from Canton you know I’m telling the truth. This cop did everything the wrong way it seems to me like he was having a fit of roid rage he was pretty beefed up after all. They didnt even get consent to search his vehicle the partner just shoved his fat head in. I have always been respectful to officers I have had only one experience where I was driving in a cops part of town at a certian time of night where he thought that the drug activity was high at that certian time and on that certian day. Guy was a butthole I was just driving someone home from work. The way he treated me was horrible tried to say I was out there the week before trying to beat up some girl or break into her appartment or some BS story like that. He let me go when my info came back squeaky clean he was still a douche about it though. Little yet did he know I was carrying 2 switchblades a butterfly knife had 2 bowls a couple bags of shake a snuff can with some buds and a cellophane with some resin in it. I was not a very organized person and I have a tendency not to throw things away like I should. I haven’t carried anything like that on me since I really lucked out.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree. I think it was a terrible unjust happening! I hope he fights the charges and wins. I also believe he has grounds to have the officer arrested for terroristic threats. He can go and press charges. He has proof that is for sure!

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree. I think it was a terrible unjust happening! I hope he fights the charges and wins. I also believe he has grounds to have the officer arrested for terroristic threats. He can go and press charges. He has proof that is for sure!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MissAnn-Tarot/100000624675062 MissAnn Tarot

    This cop needs to go.  According to this article, he’s been investigated by Internal Affairs 16 times since 2000.  16 times?  And he’s still employed by the department?

    http://www.cantonrep.com/carousel/x121489646/Canton-officer-under-investigation-after-concealed-carry-arrest

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  • Anonymous

    CCW background checks are usually more thorough than the ones performed on law enforcement officers and historically, CCW holders commit fewer crimes than any other statistically identifiable group of people.  One might say each supports the other, as anyone who’s trouble isn’t likely going to volunteer their fingerprints and have the government snoop in their background in order to privately carry a gun.  Trouble-makers tend to ‘just do it’ anyhow and skip the legal processes.

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  • Wicked Smilee

    Just gonna point out that the cop admitted to checking out his “bulge”, and then commented, “This has me so hot right now!”…
    Just sayin,….

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  • Hekate

    HAHAHAHHAHAHAAHA!!!!!!    youre right he does!!!! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C5ROXQR7JNRHJRTYQKUGBCVYWM Harrington Guy

    Too many cops are hard drilled in academy too see enemy’s every where they look, & due to no, or inadequate, Psychology evaluations, most graduate at the top of the class. Just like the Military, those how cause the most trouble, should not have been there to begin with. And all Police forces are trying their best to become as militarize as possible, because all they see is enemy’s.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C5ROXQR7JNRHJRTYQKUGBCVYWM Harrington Guy

    No, in the south he’d be promoted to Chief.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UG6ATR2DOGMG7E5KXLDH5YCK3Q emo

    So madbro.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UG6ATR2DOGMG7E5KXLDH5YCK3Q emo

    So madbro.

  • Hekate

    they dont just see enemies.. they create them to justify more and more funding… hence why the police depts of the sububurbian hell of Temecula/Murrieta Calif bought an “armoured urban assault vehicle” to combat “gangs”… if you have ever even just driven through that area you will know just how ridiculous that statement is…. 

  • Anonymous

    I usually defend cops in most situations but saying that you should have executed the guy and you wouldn’t lose sleep over it 15 minutes after you stopped him is a little bit absurd. The officer is so mad that they had their head snooping around in the guys car while he had a gun in there…well no shit, maybe next time you pull everyone out of the car before you go and search it dumbass. I understand that it can be scary for a cop to pull over someone carrying a gun but that doesn’t excuse his behavior especially since he had multiple opportunities to talk to this driver and chose not to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=736546181 Michael Heldman

    How to go from being a cop to being a janitor in 18 minutes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUSPJ56WM63ZAO7MYQGILWWWPM aliceinchainsboy

    Ahh yes Cops Suck…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUSPJ56WM63ZAO7MYQGILWWWPM aliceinchainsboy

    Doncha Know you ain’t got civil rights anymore

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUSPJ56WM63ZAO7MYQGILWWWPM aliceinchainsboy

    yea a town about 15 mi west of me accuired the same thing..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_USPF46QFF5MWIAF5A5WFWKRLWI Ana

    That comment scared the crap out of me, my blood ran cold.  “I should have taken two steps back, pulled my glock 40, and fired 10 bullets into your ass and let you drop.”  Tears sprung to my eyes, thinking how terrified that poor guy must have been to be told he could be dead on the road and no one would care.
    All because this cracker ass and his partner were so busy picking on Jerry they couldn’t bother to follow proper effing procedure.  I hope they’re both hung out to dry.

  • Anonymous

    There’s another video of this officer out there; a traffic stop from 2010 where he says almost verbatim the stuff he says to Bartlett.  Admittedly, in this video, the cars occupants don’t have a CCW and plead guilty, but he uses all the same lines.  Like the part about shooting the driver and not having trouble sleeping.  Or screaming about not knowing the people in the car.  I like his conflicting commands, like “move one muscle and I will shoot you in the head” and moments later telling the same man “get your ass out of that car before I shoot you”
    One high strung motherfucker.

    http://www.theagitator.com/2011/07/31/officer-daniel-harless-greatest-hits/

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  • http://www.facebook.com/brittney.east Brittney East

    embarrassment to the uniform.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pmuphy Patrick Muphy

    That young police man should switch to SANKA and stop taking Steroids.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pmuphy Patrick Muphy

    I know of at least one guy who acted like that right up till the moment of his Death , which came suddenly after some Buckshot ripped his face and half his head off. But not before stumbling to some ladies front door and ringing her doorbell to ask for help only to discover he couldn’t speak because his jaw had been completely ripped off of what used to be his Face.

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