Exclusive: Internal police document confirms Rocklin officer held unarmed suspect at gunpoint

ROCKLIN, Calif. — A previously-unseen incident report documenting the viral public intoxication arrest that took place last month at a Rocklin Dutch Bros. Coffee confirms that the arresting officer held the suspect, who was unarmed with his hands behind his back, at gunpoint – a concern raised by the bystander who filmed the video.

The incident report, partially redacted with details such as phone numbers and license plate numbers blacked out, was obtained by The Update in collaboration with nonprofit Muckrock News through the California Public Records Act.

The document, written on the same day as the arrest and granted to The Update on October 7th, provides deeper insight into the harrowing incident that came alongside the controversial video.

Police say they received a call from an employee at the Dutch Bros who said a man was sitting in the parking lot in a gold SUV for 30 minutes acting erratic. The report adds that the man was possibly “on something” – a claim unable to be independently verified.

The identity of the suspect in this incident, known by The Update, won’t be publicly released and has been redacted in documents out of respect for his privacy. The individual is facing no charges in relation to this incident.

The suspect allegedly began complaining that his car got stolen and allegedly threatened employees. That’s when police began to head to the scene.

In the 57-second video, filmed by TikTok user “CaraCareen”, an unidentified officer is pictured briefly holding a sidearm as the clip begins to roll. It’s unclear from the video, filmed from distance and on a cell phone, exactly what that sidearm is or if he directly points it at the suspect. The CAD incident report confirms that the object was a firearm and the officer used it to hold him at gunpoint.

During the video, the man is heard yelling with his hands behind his back as onlookers pictured off-screen object to the scene.

“He had his gun pointed at him. He’s on the ground with his hands behind his back,” a woman said.

The officer then restrains the man and begins to handcuff him, appearing to twist the young man’s arm as he writhes in pain, placing a knee into his upper back. The man can be heard yelling “ow” and “you’re hurting me.”

A Rocklin PD spokesperson told The Update that the incident report is the only document currently disclosable under California’s PRA, citing an ongoing investigation into the incident which the department previously announced in a press release.

“The Rocklin Police Department will investigate this incident, and thoroughly review all related information, including Police Body Camera footage and videos circulating publicly, to ensure no violations of policy have occurred,” a statement said. “We value the input of our community and are vigilant in our efforts to provide a high level of service to our residents. We are committed to holding ourselves accountable and to being transparent about the process so that our community can feel confident in our actions. “

Department policy allows officers to point their firearm at a suspect if they “reasonably believe that a threat exists based on the totality of the circumstances presented at the time” in situations such as high-risk stops, armed encounters, and tactical entries – all of which differ from the arrest on the 17th.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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