A video has been posted on social media which shows police in an armed standoff with a vehicle. It features a woman leaving the vehicle with her hands raised in the air, then tragically, a little girl doing the same thing while walking towards officers.
Tallahassee police were arresting a couple who were suspected of shoplifting when the disturbing footage was captured and posted to Facebook by a concerned bystander.
Because the suspects were reported armed, the police were armed with pistols and rifles when the suspects were apprehended.
Look at the baby 😢😢
Posted by Bernard M. Stevens Jr. on Thursday, 17 January 2019
In the video a voice, thought to be that of the woman recording, says:
“She’s trying to get out but she can’t because she’s little. She is out. Oh, she’s holding her hands up. Oh my God, look at that. Oh my God.”
Police allowed a woman, reportedly the mother, to hold her and another child as they dealt with the situation.
The incident took place outside a department store in Florida. It was captured on camera by a passing citizen, and viewers were shocked and concerned that, at first, it appeared as though the little girl was among the people that guns were being pointed at.
However, the Talahasee Police Department uploaded a video the next day explaining what had happened – it featured the original video, along with a statement from a senior officer, and bodycam footage from police officers at the scene.
#UPDATE TPD is providing an update to the press release regarding a small child being involved in a traffic stop. Body camera footage and a statement from Chief Michael DeLeo can be viewed. The original video by the citizen is first, then the video shows Chief DeLeo speaking about the incident. The body worn camera footage shows the officers' actions in the incident. The gun located in the vehicle was actually a pellet gun. “This video footage captures the compassion demonstrated by our TPD officers during an intense situation. I’m very proud of their actions and appreciative of the work these men and women do each day to keep our community safe,” Mayor John Dailey said. Original Press Release January 17,2019:On Thursday afternoon, January 17, 2019 around 4:30 p.m., Tallahassee Police officers were called to Bealls Outlet located 3240 Capital Circle Northeast in reference to a shoplifting. Information was received from the store regarding one of the suspects having what appeared to be a gun in their waistband. Based on this information, the Loss Prevention officers did not stop the suspects, but provided TPD officers with a description of the suspects and their vehicle. Officers arriving on scene were able to stop the suspects in the parking lot and detain the individuals inside the vehicle which was a blue pickup truck. Chad M. Bom and James W. McMullen were charged with the theft from Bealls Outlet.The Tallahassee Police Department was made aware of a video of the incident circulating on social media. TPD is currently reviewing the incident and the body worn camera video from the incident. Arrested:Chad M. Bom Age 34Charge:Petit Theft 2nd Degree pursuant to Florida Statute 812.014(3)(a).Arrested:James W. McMullen Age 38Charge:Petit Theft 2nd Degree pursuant to Florida Statute 812.014(3)(a).
Posted by City of Tallahassee Police Department on Friday, 18 January 2019
TPD Chief Michael DeLeo said footage from 10 body cameras was reviewed, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
DeLeo said in the video: “The body camera footage shows the officers’ concern for the children and their compassion as they permitted the mother to care for the children.
The mom, who is a suspect, asks an officer to hold her 2-year-old as she retrieves the infant from a car seat.
I am proud of how officers handled the situation, how they adapted when they became aware of the children, the level of concern and compassion they showed to the family.”
He also spoke on the value of having body cameras installed on serving officers, and was glad that they were able to document the situation as it really happened.
The weapon found in the vehicle was reportedly a pellet gun, and the couple have not as yet been charged with a crime.
I’m just glad no one was hurt.