DASHCAM: Noncompliant Man Pulled from Car

The city is backing the officer's actions

By Calibre Press  |   Mar 17, 2015

Bordentown City Police released this video after the man in the incident published his own recording.

Click here to see passenger’s recording.

Officer Vincent Bernotas pulled the man over and asked to see his license, which the driver refused to provide. Bordentown City Police Commissioner James Lynch defended Bernotas Sunday, calling the officer’s actions “appropriate.”

“(The driver) was told 23 times to please get out of the car and for some reason he kept giving everything but the right answer,” Lynch said. “I think the video says it all. I don’t think there’s any issue whatsoever.”

“The ‘hands up/don’t shoot’ pretext needs to be analyzed and studied in the same way progressive DT trainers analyze pre-contact indicators and how to counter them,” says self-defense expert Tony Blauer. “This should be being discussed [yesterday] in every police department, with strategies being discussed followed by role-playing exercises. This will create more competence and confidence in the officers and it’ll lay a foundation for the them legally as well. The aftermath of the recent Mike Brown incident and other high profile cases like that is making officers second-guess themselves and that’s affecting their presence–which is No. 1 on every force option continuum.

“The mind navigates the body–if you’re unsure of the scenario, it’ll affect your speech and tactics as well,” says Blauer.

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