Florida officer charged with aggravated assault after he pointed a gun on the head of detained unarmed person who just didn't want to identify himself
A white sergeant who served 21 years in the police was fired and arrested after putting a gun on the head of an unidentified African American who refused to introduce himself.
“If you don’t provide your name, I’ll splatter your brains all over the concrete,” the sergeant told the man, the Sheriff Chad Chronister said.
Former Sgt. Janak Amin was fired on Thursday, the day after he was arrested and booked into the Hillsborough County jail, then freed after posting $2,000 bail.
According to official information, the man, whose name was not released, was taken to DACCO Behavioral Health Center, after he “inadvertently” left the facility, Amin and other deputies went looking for him.
The man was found and detained again at the intersection of N Nebraska Avenue and E Annie Street.
“The man was placed in a “prone” position, but refused to give his name to deputies. ‘He was not armed and made no aggressive actions towards our deputies, ’” Chronister said, according to Police1. Than “Amin, who was kneeling next to the detained man, became angry, pulled out his weapon and threatened his life “simply because he refused to identify himself.”
Other deputies, who were present at the scene de-escalated the situation and also found a way to identify the man in another method.
“I don’t think this incident is indicative of who Sgt. Amin is, but, regardless, it takes only one incidence to violate the oath that you take, the public’s trust and break the law,” Chronister said. “There is absolutely no reason, no excuse and no justification for why this sergeant acted the way he did.”
At the time of the incident, none of the officers wore a body camera, since until recently they were not provided, so there is no video evidence.