Three years after a Citrus County sheriff’s deputy threatened to shoot a compliant concealed carry license holder in the back for legally carrying a weapon, the deputy is now on administrative leave — which means a paid vacation — while his actions are reviewed. The review came only after a video of the arrest went viral on YouTube in January.
The incident happened after Joel Smith was pulled over for having an expired tag in 2009. Citrus County Deputy Alan Cox is an LEO, which stands for legally entitled to oppress. Cox caught a glimpse of Smith’s concealed weapon as he put his wallet back in his pocket and, obeying the officer’s commands, reached into his van for registration and proof of insurance.
Smith told Cox he had a permit, but Cox ordered him to the ground, handcuffed him and arrested him for “displaying his weapon.” The LEO’s dash-cam video clearly shows Smith was in no way threatening to Cox.
Florida courts have ruled that brief and inadvertent glimpses of concealed weapons are legal. But that didn’t matter to the LEO, who cursed Smith and told another deputy offscreen that Smith didn’t say he had a CCL and that by “displaying” the weapon Smith had violated his CCL.
Cox clearly demonstrated the tendencies of a cowardly badge-wielding thug and should be dismissed posthaste, lest he follow through with his threats and shoot in the back the next lawful gun carrier he comes across.