VIDEO: Man Posts Viral Video Of Arrest At Gunpoint, Then Bodycam Is Released

Edrick Truitt has complained the officer drew his weapon for no reason after he was stopped with an AR-15 in his car.

Helena-West Helena, AR – A man who refused to comply with police commands and was carrying an AR-15 rifle loose in his car on Sunday complained that a police officer pulled a weapon on him for no good reason (video below).

The incident occurred at about 3 a.m. on May 26 when police arrived to clear out the parking lot of a closed Double Quick convenience store, WREG reported.

A cell phone video filmed by Edrick Truitt, before he was arrested, set off a storm of criticism on social media.

In response, the Helena-West Helena Police Department released the officer’s bodycam video just three days later.

The video showed that once police arrived at the Double Quick, some of the cars loitering in the parking lot left immediately, and those that didn’t were detained by the officers.

A Helena-West Helena police officer approached a car driven by Truitt with his weapon drawn and ordered the driver to shut the car off, multiple times.

Instead of complying with police commands, Truitt talked back to the officer while he filmed the encounter on his cell phone live on social media.

“You gonna shoot me?” he asked the officer in an antagonizing tone.

“You gotta gun? Gun!” the officer yelled in the video.

“Where? Where? I got my hands in the air,” Truitt told the officer.

Police found a loaded AR-15 rifle in the backseat of the car, WREG reported.

“Shut your car off!” the officer ordered him three times and the driver continued to ignore the commands, the video showed.

In the video, Truitt said he wasn’t going to move his hands and turn the car off because he thought he officer was looking for an excuse to shoot him.

The officer informed him that their exchange was being captured on bodycam.

But Truitt said he didn’t believe the officer and refused to turn off his vehicle, the video showed.

He repeatedly announced that his hands were in the air while he ignored the officer’s commands in an almost mocking manner.

“All you had to do was drive off,” the officer said in the video, sounding frustrated.

“That’s what I was doing. What was I doing? What was I doing? My hands are in the air. My hands are in the air,” Truitt yelled over and over for the benefit of his Facebook Live audience.

“You tell me to shut my car off so you can shoot me. C’mon now, c’mon now, c’mon now,” Truitt goaded the officer.

Eventually the officer pinned down Truitt’s arm that was sticking out of the car window and put a handcuff on his wrist, the video showed.

Truitt continued to ignore commands to put the car in park and instead argued with the officer.

Eventually, the officer reached into the car and popped the door lock.

Then he opened the door and pulled Truitt out, causing the cell phone to drop to the ground at that point.

Helena-West Helena Police Chief James Smith said that Truitt was arrested and charged with loitering, failure to comply, resisting arrest, and carrying a weapon, WREG reported.

Truitt legally owned the AR-15 in his car, but Chief Smith said he ran afoul of the law when he began driving around with the long gun sitting in his back seat.

Truitt told reporters after he was released that he believed he had saved his own life when he refused to turn off his car because he thought the officer was looking for an excuse to shoot him.

"Played it safe," Truitt said. "He was like, 'That's a failure to comply,' but if I would have complied, I would have got killed."

"What I did saved my life," he told WREG. "That’s why I’m here talking to y'all. If not, y'all would be covering a story about how I got shot."

Truitt has retained attorney Ben Crump to represent him.

Crump is the same attorney that has represented the family of Trayvon Martin, WREG reported.

Watch the driver’s cell phone and police bodycam videos below:

Comments (49)
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shooter
shooter

...and pull up your damn pants. Sheesh.

shooter
shooter

I'm sure he'll win the Cop Lottery to some degree...only because of the fact that the "po-po" just can't interact with any minorities without feelings getting hurt or without some form of political correctness being damaged...LOL.

Zeddicus
Zeddicus
  1. He had a firearm in the vehicle, officer has to automatically assume there might be more firearms and has to consider his own safety.
  2. Driver refused to comply with any commands the officer had given. This is pretty cut and dry I don't see how the man has a case.
Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Curbcooler, burgersallday report, come in please 🙄

blujn
blujn

@shooter at 3 a.m. they shouldn't be there,had a chance to leave, plus he antagonized the cops so it's his fault. No PC here.

Det Billock
Det Billock

This just goes to show that people are going above and beyond to agitate, instigate, and create issues...just because they think they can.

DEO_70817
DEO_70817

He's a KNOWN Drug dealer in the area. Him and his lawyer can go give each other BJ's. The only case here is against a punk thug.

KikiS
KikiS

All he had to do to run was take off and try to out run the police.

Kevcali
Kevcali

You can't fix stupid.

LEO0301
LEO0301

So happy I'm no longer in the business. I wouldn't have the patience for it now.

OldVet
OldVet

Trying to cash in on ghetto lottery. Hey stupid! Hope the judge has the gonads to tell his attorney to go home also.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Thug pos..nothing else to say. But he will get his case thrown out n win his lawsuit he is black

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another entitled asshole lookin to play the ghetto lottery. Because, of course, he di'ent do nuttin!

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

A thug douchebag in training. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn he was shot in the future for being an asshole and making a wrong move. The black community should take a bow for developing assholes such as this.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Hunterriley
Hunterriley

We all know you ain't out to do good at 3 AM with an assault rifle in your car...and someone shut the skank up screaming in the background

tfort
tfort

Find the real story, don’t get pulled into this one. Cop consistently gave conflicting commands. Gun was legal. Cop yelled gun before even seeing the gun. Man was leaving when he was stopped, then said he said why didn’t he leave. Completely trumped up charges, he is going to get big $$$$$$’s

tfort
tfort

Everybody is glad you are not in the business. I have read your post and wonder how you ever even got in the business.

BigJimJustice
BigJimJustice

That cop just murdered that kid because he didn't keep his hands in the air? Holy shit! I hope he goes to jail for life!!!

Cv520
Cv520

Look at all you racists. Calling him ghetto and "tryna win the ghetto lottery" you guys sound stupid, it's annoying when the police harass you and pull guns on you when you've done nothing that warrants a gun being pulled. I get the point that hecouldve complied more but when you're black and in those types of situations sometimes recording could be the best thing for you. You can clearly see the first time the officer asks him to shut off the car, the guy attempts to do just that, then the officer yells "He's got a gun" which prompts dude to just stick his hands out the car so they can clearly see hes not holding a firearm. At the point that's all I would've done too do I can ensure my safety. It's obvious you guys are biased racist people who've never been in his shoes

Det Billock
Det Billock

Are we witnessing ANOTHER decline in the western civilization as we know it? Wow, when we will wake up as a whole, use the common sense we are granted and deal with these people?

TONYAPARNELL
TONYAPARNELL

DEMOCRAT RUN CITY-TYPICAL

jimmer1
jimmer1

just another fool looking for a pay day at the city's expense

Grog
Grog

The only criticism I have is about the officer cuffing one hand when he did not have positive control of the suspect. Other than that, I think the sh*thead could use a good ass beating.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

CV520- some clarification .

............" you guys sound stupid, it's annoying when the police harass you and pull guns on you when you've done nothing that warrants a gun being pulled".

( stupid ?? .... he had a gun in the car , was not following repeated Police directives, and was in a questionable location and circumstances. )

" I get the point that he could've complied more but when you're black and in those types of situations sometimes recording could be the best thing for you."

( Stop with the "but when your black" as your justification . Following instructions of a LEO could be the best thing for him and his own safety ....and maybe it's not smart carrying a gun in the car?...)

" It's obvious you guys are biased racist people who've never been in his shoes"

( everyone else and everything else is about "racism" ? . The accusation today is thrown out like its a used paper towel. Stop with the overused cliche' accusations and act like responsible adults . No one has anywhere near the problems in your community and it occurs so often it seems you bring it on yourselves. Ignorance , attitudes, criminal activities, self entitlement and above the law viewpoints all don't help. As a community many seem beyond redemption, beyond salvation, and even beyond the time spent while others keep trying to explain what most easily see as just plain common sense. Get off the arrogant high horse and start looking in your own mirrors as a community. Realize there are serious problems within that will not be solved by blaming others and by making absurd excuses and calling "racism." You are not fooling anyone.)

PLandH
PLandH

I’m pretty sure he was recording to document everything that happened. History has shown us that this is necessary. He was so calm for someone with a gun shoved in their face. I would’ve panicked! And how smart to put your hands out the window. That way the videos proves that he wasn’t reaching for the legal gun he had in the backseat. If he had have reached in there and turned the car off he probably would have been shot.