Drunk, unhandcuffed man pulled gun from his pants while in Metro Transit police squad car [VIDEO]
A drunken Rogers somehow found himself inside a squad car, unhandcuffed, with a loaded gun.
On the afternoon of December 4, Metro Transit police picked up 21-year-old Wesley Rogers in downtown Minneapolis.
Police say Rogers was obviously drunk and had allegedly been harassing a woman, but they decided not to arrest him. Instead, a pair of officers patted him down and confiscated an open bottle of booze. But they showed Rogers some mercy and decided to give him a ride back to his north Minneapolis home, unhandcuffed, in the back of a squad car.
But as the squad drove along, Rogers began fidgeting with his pants. Surveillance footage shows him pulling out a revolver before the increasingly suspicious officers stopped the vehicle. One of them then opened the back door to see what Rogers was up to, saw his gun, and arrested him while showering him with profanities. Rogers's gun was later found to be loaded with two bullets.
Here's the footage, which was recently obtained by KSTP:
On March 7, Rogers pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of carrying a pistol without a permit. Regarding the officers' failure to notice Rogers's loaded gun while patting him down, Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington pointed out to KSTP that one of them, Jason Malland, was a rookie officer who had been on the force for only two months.
"Clearly, [the pat-down] wasn't thorough because they missed something," Harrington said at police headquarters. "That's almost the definition of not thorough in this case."
Nonetheless, neither Malland nor his partner, Adam Marvin, were punished.
"In my judgment, this is a training issue," Harrington told KSTP. "And the way, in my mind, that you deal with mistakes is you correct the behavior by training the officers and reminding them of the importance of good searches."
"There are times when you put young men out in sometimes very dangerous streets and you get lucky. And in this case, I think that's what happened," Harrington concluded.
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