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Arizona policeman threatens to kill immigrant in disturbing new video

"If you do something, I will kill you right now"


Joanna Rothkopf
October 15, 2014 12:32AM (UTC)

Teodulo Sánchez, a Latino immigrant, began filming when he saw a suspicious pick up truck following him in his car. Soon after, a cop in a patrol car pulled him over and approached him with his gun drawn.

"Show me the license right now," said the Buckeye police officer in Spanish. "If you do something, I will kill you right now."

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After Sánchez said he would comply and that he was also recording the incident, the cop asked if he had any weapons in the car, to which Sánchez responded no. "Okay, don't get out of the car," said the officer. "Stay there. If you move, I will shoot you right here. Do you understand me?"

Sánchez, his wife and son met with Buckeye police chief Larry Hall to discuss the incident.

Raw Story reports:

The police department said in a news release that officers “received reliable information” from another agency about a gold, four-door Honda suspected in a drug distribution case – and that’s what Sánchez was driving.

Police also saw Sánchez’s car closely followed by a pickup truck, which raised the officer’s suspicions.

The pickup was stopped by other officers, police said, and the driver was found to be armed.

Police said the car’s driver was also believed to be armed, and they said the officer stopped Sánchez for an unspecified traffic violation.

The news release indicates Sánchez “did not comply with the officer’s requests,” although he was not charged with any crimes.

However, police said in the release that the department “does not condone the statement made during the stop.”

"I [recorded the video] so people could see what happens. They're killing too many people in America for nothing these days," Sánchez said in an interview with BuzzFeed. "If you look Mexican, they'll stop you."


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