WATCH: Cops Caught On Video in Donut Shop Joking about Killing People and Turning Off Body Cameras

September 12, 2015

San Francisco, CA – Two police officers were recently recorded in a Happy Donuts location, joking and laughing about shooting and killing civilians. One of the officers was telling the other about how they can kill suspects while the body camera is rolling, as long as the situation would look justifiable in the video. It seems that the officers were debating which type of evidence they wouldn’t mind appearing on body camera footage, and what type of evidence they would like to cover up.

The officer seen in the video can be heard joking about how killing a suspect who has their hands up would be something that they don’t want to show up on camera. The officers then made sounds and gestures of what it would sound like for a person to get shot, and continued to laugh in hysteria.

The video was captured by a nearby person who held the camera up just over their shoulder to record the exchange. It is actually surprising that the officer did not realize that he was being filmed because the footage was recorded just feet away from him.

The video was later posted to Instagram with the following message:

This was filmed at Happy Donuts on the corner of 24th St. & Church St., San Francisco. The cop is explaining to his partner what footage he does & doesn’t “want” caught on their new body cameras. In this 1st video, the cop explains to his partner how what he DOES want caught on camera is a civilian pointing a gun at him & him murdering said civilian in “self-defense”. Notice how he laughs & treats the subject of murdering someone as a joke. In the 2nd video, he’ll explain that what his partner DOESN’T want caught on their body camera is when a civilian has their hands up & they murder them regardless. Notice how they joke about the death of a surrendering civilian, the bullet wounds & “brain splatter.”

Interestingly enough, the San Francisco Police Department seems more concerned with finding the person who took the video, than they are with disciplining the officers involved. The police department issued a statement after the video went viral, asking the person who originally posted the recording to come forward and contact the police.

San Francisco police do not yet have body cameras, but they are currently being planned for the city, and this conversation gives a glimpse into the attitude that police officers have about them and the general public in general. Situations like this are exactly why we need to be conscious to film police, not just during traffic stops, but whenever they are in uniform, so we can prove to the world how they actually operate.


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