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This is how it should be done. I will first add that California’s Open Carry Laws are stupid, and the only people carrying openly are protesting, as a totally unloaded gun has VERY limited uses, even when you have a belt full of loaded magazines.
Still this is an exemplary job. The Officer is friendly, frank, and clear about what he’s doing and why he’s doing it. Also I don’t know my cop-talk, but it appears he’s telling the other officer he doesn’t need any help dealing with this guy. Furthermore the encounter is being video taped and it appears that in California you have no duty to present Identification in such a detainment, and the officer is cool with that, so cool he gives his name and badge number, and states his full understanding that it very well may go up on youtube.
Well played officer Matt Lyons! Now maybe I’m being my usual starry eyed optimist, but maybe if this video goes viral there might be some incentive and understanding by officers exactly how to handle those of us who are exercising our rights, even when you may have some legitimate concerns about how those rights about being exercised.
h/t to Linoge who also points out that Officer Lyons has written a book about his Oceanside Police Department. When he says “This isn’t a 3rd World Country”, he might be speaking honestly about how he uses his badge and legal powers, but that isn’t always true.