San Bernardino Deputy Michael Bradbury was having a bad day according to his supervisor, and in San Bernardino county that means you go to jail!
Contempt-of-Cop isn’t anything new, but is rarely caught on video. What happened to a man attempting to file a police report seems like something you would see only in the movies.
What Duncan Hicks captured on his cell phone was anything but Hollywood acting.
“You know what, man? I’m about getting tired of you and you’re about to go to jail,” Bradbury said through a glass partition separating the two after Hicks requested his name and badge number.
“What I’m going to jail for?” Hicks asked.
“I’ll create something, you understand,” Bradbury responded. “You’ll go to jail, you understand that?”
“You can’t say that,” Hicks replied. “How are you going to create something? That’s against the law.”
“Recording me like that, that’s against the law,” Bradbury said, demonstrating his ability to create something out of nothing.
“That’s illegal. Without my knowledge. Want to go to jail for that too?”
“I’m doing this for my protection,” Hicks said.
Bradbury walked away but then the woman behind the counter then started berating Hicks, telling him, “you’re not starting that in my lobby.”
Hicks had stepped inside the Victorville Station to file a report about a child custody issue he was having with the mother of his baby.
But he said Bradbury blew him off, refusing to take the report, telling Hicks he was only having “baby mama drama,” according to ABC 7.
Hicks started to leave, but then returned to file a complaint against Bradbury. That was when he started recording.
But when he asked for Bradbury’s name and badge number, the deputy walked up to the window, wrote his name down on a card, then threatened to arrest him, claiming it was illegal to record him without permission, which is untrue.
The sheriff’s department even confirmed to ABC 7 that it does not have any policy against citizens recording them inside the station, but they claimed Bradbury was only having a “bad day.”
I guess that makes it alright! I mean everyone has “bad days” from time to time!
Police Officers aren’t allowed to have bad days and if they can’t control themselves maybe they should fine a different career!
They certainly should not threaten to make up false charges to throw someone in jail!
San Bernardino Sheriffs Department claim they have launched and internal investigation into the Deputies conduct.
However, any punishment other than termination would be unfortunate for the citizens of Bernardino County!