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VIDEO: Man Turns Potential Warning Into A Whooping After Fighting Cop

A Sacramento police officer tried to warn a motorist about a violation, but he wasn't having it.

Sacramento, CA – A California man turned a warning into an arrest on May 4, after he argued with a Sacramento police officer, refused to cooperate with the stop, and resisted arrest (videos below.)

A witness’s cellphone footage of the arrest quickly went viral.

On Wednesday, the Sacramento Police Department also released bodycam and store surveillance footage of the incident, which began when 40-year-old Craig Williams pulled into the parking lot of a 7-Eleven convenience store.

He jumped out of his car and ran inside, just moments before a Sacramento police officer exited the building, the video showed.

Due to a delay with the bodycam device, the officer’s initial contact with Williams did not have any sound.

“I’m in the store...and he gets out, leaves the car running, had the stereo just blasting like crazy,” the unnamed officer said later in the bodycam footage.

The officer stopped near Williams’ car, and immediately motioned for Williams to come outside, the surveillance video showed.

“I said, ‘Hey – come out and shut your car off,’” the officer recounted in the bodycam footage. “He said, ‘I didn’t do nothing man!”

The officer said he again told Williams to come outside.

“I didn’t do nothing!” Williams argued again, according to the officer.

A moment later, the officer opened the driver’s door, and appeared to turn off the ignition, as Williams walked outside.

“I’m trying to explain to him...it’s against the law to leave your car running,” the officer explained in the bodycam. “He said, ‘I’m right here.’’

The officer told him it did not matter if he was nearby, and attempted to explain the municipal law to him.

“He’s...screaming and cussing and yelling...So I said, ‘Well, if you’re not going to listen, I’m just going to give you a citation for it,” the officer recounted in the bodycam.

Williams went back inside the store, while the officer went to take some items to his patrol vehicle. The officer then returned to Williams’ vehicle.

“I.D. please,” he said to Williams, who appeared to be setting up to record the interaction on his cell phone.

“For what? I didn’t break no laws,” Williams replied. “You need an I.D. for what?”

“So, you have your car running,” the officer began to explain.

“That has nothing to do with what’s going on, man,” Williams interrupted.

“It’s a misdemeanor to leave your car running,” the officer continued. “Plus, you had your stereo loud, to where it can be...”

“That has nothing to do with what’s going on,” Williams said repeatedly, as he continued to interrupt the officer.

The officer again requested that Williams provide his driver’s license.

“Why am I getting harassed?” Williams asked.

“I’ve already told you. Your car was running...” the officer began.

“That’s against the law?” Williams retorted. “That’s against the law to have your car running? I’m just asking.”

“It is against the law to have your car running when you’re not in it,” the officer replied.

The argument continued briefly, until the officer instructed Williams to set his phone down.

He then grabbed one of Williams’ hands, and calmly told him that he was going to detain him.

“Detain me for what?” Williams yelled. “Ya’ll see this s**t? Look at this s**t!”

“I’ve already told you, sir,” the officer attempted to explain, as Williams repeatedly yelled at witnesses to “call the police.”

Store surveillance and witness video footage showed that the officer only had control of one of Williams’ hands at that point in the altercation, and the officer could be seen positioning his foot in between Williams’ legs to gain better control of the argumentative man.

“I have not done nothin’ wrong,” Williams said repeatedly while recording himself.

“Then relax, and give me your arm,” the officer said in the bodycam video.

“Man, I’m a big man,” Williams cautioned. “I don’t want you to take me down. I don’t want to take you down.”

“Then relax...” the officer began.

“You relax!” Williams yelled. “I ain’t done nothing to break the law!”

“Don’t grab me,” the officer told him at one point.

“Don’t grab me!” Williams replied. “There is no law! There is no law for leaving your car running!”

“I’m going to throw you on the ground here in a second,” the officer calmly cautioned him, as Williams continued to declare that he was being “harassed.”

The officer then took Williams to the ground, at which point the man agreed to stop resisting.

“He’s trying to hurt this man!” one witnessed yelled, as she ran out of the store to record the altercation.

“I give up! I give up!” Williams said from the ground, with his hands raised above his head. “What the f**k, man?”

The officer placed Williams in handcuffs, and led him to his patrol vehicle.

He was subsequently charged with resisting arrest and leaving the ignition key in an unattended vehicle, and was released on his own recognizance on Saturday, The Sacramento Bee reported.

"These videos demonstrate how important it is for there to be a relationship of trust between a police department and the community it serves," the Sacramento Police Department said in a press release on Wednesday. "When that level of trust is absent, even minor incidents — such as a warning of a city code violation — can escalate into unpleasant and even dangerous events."

Williams’ attorney, Justin Ward, claimed that Williams thought the officer was kidding when he warned him about leaving his vehicle running.

"Who here would think that is a crime, right?" Ward told The Sacramento Bee. "I don't believe that Mr. Williams thought that the officer was being serious."

On Wednesday, Williams joined up with Sacramento National Association for the Advancement of Colored People president Betty Williams, and held a press conference to complain about his arrest.

“At the end of the day, he shouldn't have been in jail," she said.

“I am highly disappointed with the actions that the officer took,” Williams said of his arrest, according to KCRA. “The reason I am shocked and appalled is because I am a firm believer that an officer should be a friend to the people of the community they serve first before just being an officer who automatically assumes that we [are] all threats to them, because we’re not.”

“This footage has gone viral," he added. "And more importantly, the awareness has been brought up with respect with how people are being treated in their own communities.”

The incident remains under investigation, police said.

You can watch the footage of the officer’s interaction with Williams in the videos below:

Bugger, prove that statement.

"prove that statement" well, I will turn to that most respected of all media sources called WAPO: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/12/29/the-biggest-winter-energy-myth-that-you-need-to-idle-your-car-before-driving/?utm_term=.7fc9bc44d238 Long story short: cars used to need to be idled but they don't anymore.

No, prove the statement that " the laws are gradually changing in northern states".

The enormous damage that Obama initiated (faccilitated. Encouraged. What ever. ) is still continuing.

Pretty weak example. Keep looking. I love wasting your time because in reality, I don't really care. But keep looking nonetheless ;-)

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The good thing is that the police set a good example by never allowing their vehicles to idle in business parking lots while they pop in for a free coffee!

High percentage of stolen cars these days come from idling cars! Who but an idiot doesn't know it is against the law in many states to leave a car running unattended? This behavior is one of the legacies from the 0bama/Holder regime. Thanks a lot!

And who would want to steal a classic Chevy Nova with Corvette Rally wheels on it?

Another useless brown turd....of course defended by the useless naaColoredp.

One interesting, kind of semi-related thing, is that with keyless ignitions and cars that go very quiet when stopped, it is surprisingly easy to leave a car running without even realizing it. Speaking as one who has never left a car running (even back when that was legal), I have recently wondered whether that is going to cause a theft problem. I guess we will see.

Another dindu goes down lol. “I’m a big man” lmao

Come on man, come on man, come on man, etc etc

@ Hi_estcomndenomn. You are so wrong about that. Barry may have been out of office for a year and a half, BUT. That racist POS pResident single handedly caused the biggest rift between blacks and LEO's than any group in history. It's gonna be his fault for decades.

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@Nomoreracecards
Youre aware that cops aren't a race, right?

And no, he didnt. People with cell phones bad cop behavior to the world led to a large number of the public not trusting cops. Black folk already knew the story. Cell phones showed the story to everyone else.

If you think Obama is the reason blacks don't trust cops, then I'll just assume you were in a coma your whole life until he was elected.

@Burgers Allday hey Mr Cheese Burger, I asked you a question. Why don't you answer it? What do you have to hide?

Maybe if they’d stop breaking the law so much. But hey no point in arguing with you. You defend black folk even when they are on video breaking the law. And I am not referencing this video in that regard.

I wish this would happen every single time I see one of these type of assclowns get out of their cars leaving it running with music blasting loud as hell, usually rap music (but not always) full of bad language and bad everything my kids shouldn't hear. But if you as a civilian politely ask them to turn it down show some respect for others, they will either tell you to fuck off, or want to get into a fight with you. Serves him right.

Cars get stolen because of what this guy did. Then idiots get upset that their car was stolen. What if the cop never saw the dude in the car (and didn't know who it belonged to), saw it was running, then saw a dude go to get in and it wasn't the owner (remember the cop has no idea who owns the car)? Would the owner be mad if he saw the cop let the thief drive off? What if the cop asked the thief for ID, thief told cop to f#(+ off because he knows his rights, so cop said have a nice day Sir? I guess amateurs should stop judging a job they have no clue about.

Is it at all possible that the laws passed making leaving an unattended motor vehicle running were passed for a REASON? Has it ever been known for miscreants to hang around establishments where leaving running vehicles is commonplace to jump in the vehicle in the very few seconds it takes to do that and drive off in a (now) stolen car? Anyone who doesn't realize the truths in this should be subject to
constant adult supervision.

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