The officer pulled his gun on him 'for no reason' and that he decided to keep his hands on full display, fearful he might get shot despite the cop's orders.
There have been more than enough hashtags that mark the deaths of black individuals - who have been shot despite complying with the police officer they had the misfortune of facing. #RekiaBoyd, #PhilandoCastile, #OscarGrant, #BothamJean, #DontaDawson are just recent examples of many deaths after complying.
Edrick Truitt was in a similar situation on Sunday morning. WREG reports that he was stopped by an Arkansas police officer, who had his gun drawn. Truitt said he was afraid and started filming with his cell phone just in case. “He had it drawn before he even came to the car,” Truitt said.
Truitt claimed he had parked on Sunday just after 3 a.m. at a closed Double Quick store to meet up with family before heading home to Jonesboro. "As we were leaving out, a car jumped in front of me, so I hit my brakes to let them go by," Truitt said.
Just as he was about to leave, police showed up and started asking everyone to clear the parking lot. This is when he was blocked by another vehicle and couldn't move - ending up becoming the center of attention.
The officer confronted him with a gun already drawn. He said the officer gave demands, but he didn't want to make even the slightest move.
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.
The video captures the officer telling Truitt to turn off the car, and that he won't shoot him. The officer also said that his body camera was on and that the whole thing was being filmed.
Truitt said he didn’t believe the officer, so he didn’t reach to turn the car off, and he wanted his own proof aside from what video might surface later on.
Truitt appears to have kept his hands out of the car's window the entire time. Eventually, his phone is dropped, as it looks like he's pulled from the car.
Police said they found a gun in the back of the car, which Truitt never denied having with him. Truitt said the gun wasn't in his reach, and officers had nothing to worry about.
"What I did saved my life," he said. "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 was arrested for loitering and disregarding an official order.
The officer is now getting threats and was off duty on Sunday.