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Video: News Crew Defends W.Va. Officer

July 12, 2013  | 

VIDEO: News Crew Defends W.Va. Officer

A news crew riding with Beckley (W.Va.) Police Cpl. C.D. McCormick defended the officer to an irate motorist after the officer pulled over the driver for talking on his cell phone.

WVNS reporter Jessie Gavin and a cameraman were riding along with McCormick when the officer pulled over a red truck. When the two vehicles pulled into a parking lot, the truck's driver got out of the truck and initially refused the officer's commands to return to the driver's seat.

After McCormick issued the man a citation for illegally talking while driving—a new state law went into effect July 1 banning talking on cell phones while driving—the reporters went over to talk to the driver.

The man tells Gavin he's filing a complaint against the officer and Gavin declined to give her name. Gavin tells the driver she didn't think the officer was being rude and said his command to return to the vehicle was for the officer's safety.

The video of the encounter was aired on the evening news and posted to the WVNS Facebook page, but removed it after intense criticism, reports Gawker.

Tags: Vehicle Stops, Police-Media Relations


Comments (10)

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Steve @ 7/13/2013 12:22 PM

The officer ask you to stay in the car, this is the problem with the public they don't respect the police, when given a command do as your told until the officer explains why he pulled you over.Cpl McCormick did his job correctly.

Jane @ 7/13/2013 5:19 PM

Seriously! The officer was in the wrong on this one!

Pres @ 7/15/2013 6:04 PM

That officer was completely respectful. He provided crisp direction (have a seat in the car three times) that was disregarded until he raised his voice. Do we have to wait until the shooting starts before we raise our voice? Job well done Cpl. Big ups to the news crew as well.

mike @ 7/16/2013 4:08 AM

Why Jane? Why is he wrong, because he raised his voice at a person that wasn’t listening? Was the officer wrong because the guy broke the law and got a ticket? Or is it just the fact that you and a bunch of others out there don’t like being told what to do? The mindset of people today is pathetic. You’re the type that believes, nobody can do any wrong and if they did there must be a reason for it. Everybody gets a trophy. Nobody gets a bad grade in school, because it may hurt your self-esteem. All competitions should end in a tie. And most of all, authority should always be questioned. This mindset is directly related to so many problems in this country today.

tedb @ 7/16/2013 10:22 AM

Mike, you said it all! Jane, what color is the sky in your world?

wise @ 7/16/2013 10:41 PM

this is the cut version in the original they yanked the officer gets back in his car tells the reporter show this i'll Kill YOU! he knew he was wrong the law just went into effect days before the out of stater was just easy pray and a quick buck. A warning was in order nothing more. The officer and Media can no longer be trusted and are both toal disgusting disgraces to their professions if they will cover up and lie over a petty traffic citation god only knows what else they have or will lie about and cover up.

Nevin @ 7/17/2013 6:25 AM

Looks like our motorists was rude to the news crew....

Mary @ 7/17/2013 7:48 AM

@Wise... The law has been on the books for over a year, but as a secondary offense. It's just gone into effect as a PRIMARY offense recently. That period of over a year should have been more than enough warning.

jkg @ 7/19/2013 3:44 PM

Mary, you are incorrect. The cell phone law took effect on July 1, 2013 and it was still in the first 2 weeks of being a "crime". Texting had been banned the year before, but it was still legal to talk. The driver was from Virginia where cell phone use for talking is still legal. A warning to the gentleman would have been a better option. News crew- very unprofessional-too much involved with story they were covering.

Randy @ 8/7/2013 8:17 PM

No matter how long the law has been in effect or wherever you are from you have to abide by the law,when your in a different state you go by their laws.

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