Video: Officer Harless also lost temper on earlier arrest
CANTON — The police department is investigating a second incident involving an officer already under scrutiny for his conduct during the arrest of a man with a gun.
The circumstances of the incidents differ: One, from June, involves a driver with a license to carry a concealed gun. The other, from July of last year, concerns a backseat passenger without the legal right to be armed in a vehicle.
But they both include video of patrolman Daniel Harless using profanity and threats during an early morning traffic stop.
Police Chief Dean McKimm said he will review the results of both investigations and forward them to the safety director as one package because of the related subject matter. The chief expected to have the necessary information in a couple of weeks.
Harless, a 14-year department veteran, remains on sick leave.
The Repository requested police cruiser video of the July 29, 2010, incident on Friday. Internal affairs opened the second investigation around the same time.
Harless and his partner, patrolman Mark Diels, pulled over a pickup at Reed Court and Sixth Street NW around 2:30 a.m., according to court papers, police reports and the video.
After getting the driver, who was suspected of driving drunk, and the front passenger out of the car, Harless noticed a gun on the floor next to the foot of one of the rear passengers, according to the video and police reports.
Harless pulled his weapon and ordered — in profanity laced language — the man and woman in the back seat not to move or he would shoot.
“Don’t (expletive) move. Let me see your (expletive) hands,” Harless shouted. “I’ll kill every one of you (expletive). There’s a (expletive) gun in this car. You (expletive) move, I’ll shoot you in the head.”
Harless also threatened to send the suspects “to the grave” if they moved, adding, “I will shoot you in the face and I’ll go to sleep tonight.”
In his report on the incident, Harless wrote that the man looked as if he was trying to make a decision whether to pick up the gun or leave it alone, and that he yelled several orders to the man that he and the woman would be shot if she kept moving around.
The man and woman were eventually removed from the truck. The gun, a .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol, was found loaded with a round in the chamber, according to police reports.
The man with the gun at his feet pleaded guilty in March to improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a felony, and was placed on probation.
None of the people in the truck filed a complaint with internal affairs, said Kristen Bates Aylward, assistant city law director.
SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT
Although it involves the same officer, the incident in the new video varies in several ways from the June 8 arrest of the driver with a concealed-carry license.
During the June incident, the driver told police he had a concealed-carry license, his weapon was confiscated and he was handcuffed, then Harless made threatening statements to the man after placing him in the back of a police cruiser.
In the incident from a year ago, Harless discovered a gun while two suspects were still in the truck, drew his weapon and threatened to shoot as he was making the arrest.
Bill Adams, president of the Canton Police Patrolmen’s Association, could not be reached for comment.
McKimm has limited his comments about either video, citing the pending investigations, but has called the Harless’ behavior during the June incident “wholly unacceptable.”
The fact that the incident from last year involved an illegal gun and not a concealed-carry license made it a “much more dangerous situation to the officers and the officers would have to react in a much more professionally forceful and focused way,” McKimm said.
Generally speaking, police officers who encounter a gun need to let the suspect know that they view it as a life and death situation, that they are taking control and that they will do what is necessary to make sure the gun isn’t used against them, other officers or bystanders, McKimm said. -
“Don’t f---ing move. Let me see your f---ing hands. I’ll kill every one of you motherf-----s. There’s a g--------d gun in this car. You f----ing move I’ll shoot you in the head.”—Canton Officer Daniel Harless, July 29, 2010
“I’m looking at you, do you understand me? I’ll send you both to the grave.”
“Now you, do not f---ing move a muscle or I’ll put you in the grave. That gun’s by you. Now I’m telling you what motherf----r, I’ll shoot you in the face and I’ll go to sleep tonight. When this f---ing seat comes forward, you move and I will shoot you, you motherf-----s. Get the f--- out before I shoot you. Get the f--- out before I shoot you.”
Is this the height of communist cynicism? The atf with fbi complicity sends guns to mexico that kill more than 200 or so...their response to THEIR created from whole cloth PROBLEM is sending an illegal gun registration form to border states for a "problem" THAT NEVER EXISTED, THERE IS NO PROOF OF ONE GUN GOING OVER [SANS/BUT FOR] the bureau of ATF.
ATF multiple long gun reporting form sent to FFLsThe anticipated reporting requirement for Federal Firearms Licensees to report multiple sales of certain rifles in four border states has been defined in a July 12 memo signed by Charles Houser, Chief, National Tracing Center, mandating:
You must submit to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) reports of multiple sales or other dispositions whenever, at one time or during any five consecutive business days, you sell or otherwise dispose of two or more semi-automatic rifles capable of accepting a detachable magazine and with a caliber greater than .22 (including .223/5.56 caliber) to an unlicensed person. You are required to report all such sales that occur on or after August 14, 2011. You must continue reporting multiple sales for the rifles subject to this demand letter until we provide written notice to stop.
“The required information must be submitted on ATF Form 3310.12, Report of Multiple Sale or Other Disposition of Certain Rifles, no later than the close of business on the day the multiple sale or other disposition takes place, “ Houser dictates, enclosing a copy of the form. While the letter indicates copies of the form are available at ATF’s website, at this writing Form 3310.12 is not linked on their Online Firearms Forms page, nor is any evidence of form availability readily apparent.
The National Rifle Association has characterized this requirement as “a blatant effort by the Obama administration and ATF to divert the focus of Congress and the general public from their gross incompetence in the Fast and Furious scandal,” and further stated:
ATF and the Administration lacks the statutory authority to do this and the NRA will file suit as soon as ATF sends the first demand letters.
It would appear that time has come.
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