The investigation of a CSUSB police officer who pulled a gun out on another officer continues as the university declines to comment.
Coyote Chronicle has reached out to Joe Gutierrez, the Assistant Director for the Office of Strategic Communication.
“We are aware of the incident and an internal investigation is ongoing. Thus, we have no further comment at this time,” said Gutierrez.
Dr. John Reitzel, an Associate Professor for the Department of Criminal Justice who has worked with the campus for six years, believes there has been a violation of department guidelines.
“At the very least, the alleged offending sergeant appears to have violated a bedrock rule of proper firearm handling, which is to always keep your gun pointed in the safest possible direction,” said Dr. Reitzel.
Although Dr. Reitzel doesn’t believe the campus community is in any danger based on this incident, he does believe the incident should be taken seriously.
“It should also be taken seriously by those in power whose duty it is to handle such incidents,” commented Dr. Reitzel.
The incident took place on September 15 during a discussion on mask enforcement. Video surveillance captured the moment, which has been circulating online, where two officers appear to be getting into an argument as one of them, whose face is blurred, pulls his firearm out before putting it back in its slot. Two additional officers can be seen with them and one of them attempts to mediate the situation.
There has been no official statement made by UPD regarding the incident nor has there been official word on the status of the accused officer’s standing with the department.