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Oct 16, 2009 10:01 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Police cuff man, find no weapon

Oct 16, 2009 10:01 AM

After receiving a call about a man with a gun on Friday night, October 9, Southampton Village Police officers made a 27-year-old man lie down in his driveway and they searched his car and home before finding that he did not, in fact, have a weapon.

According to police reports, a 911 caller reported a man wearing gray sweat pants, a black T-shirt and a doo-rag, who had a gun. The caller said that the man owned a black GMC Jimmy.

Police found the GMC Jimmy in the driveway of a home on West Prospect Street and saw a man fitting that description walking out of the home.

Officers told the man to put his hands up and get down on the ground, which he refused to do. Two officers then grabbed the man by the arms, placed him on the ground and put him in handcuffs.

Police searched the man, the GMC Jimmy and the West Prospect Street home but did not find a gun.

Southampton Village Police Chief William Wilson noted that the initial caller was slightly inebriated.

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I would be curious to know any additional facts.

Did the police know the caller? Was he drunk? [see comments of Chief at end of article] Did the caller provide additional details not reported in the article?

The responding officers apparently did not see a gun at the residence. They went on to private property, apparently without a warrant, man-handling the victim, searched his car and home, only on the basis of an anonymous call?

WHAT FACTUAL BASIS did the police have ...more
By PBR (4819), Southampton on Oct 16, 09 11:53 AM

I am quite sure they will find the caller to investagate. No one can judge the situation. That guy could have hid the gun or if he did have a gun someone could have been hurt or killed. When police told him to get down he refused to comply ... Big mistake even if there was no gun.
By amazinggrace (4), brookhaven on Oct 17, 09 7:55 AM
Yes, someone could have been hurt or killed. Like the innocent man who was thrown to the floor and cuffed. His home searched without a warrant and being detained all based on an "inebriated" anonymous caller. Thjat is scary and could happen to anyone!
By DP377k (19), Southampton on Oct 28, 09 11:46 AM
PS -- Did the police trace the 911 call and charge the caller with filing a false report?

Is the 911 tape still available for public review?
By PBR (4819), Southampton on Oct 16, 09 11:57 AM
The guy is lucky this is happened on SH.
In NYC they'd put the cuffs on him, step on his foot, slap him around and poke him in the eye. Then they'd taser him, go through his pockets for loose change, and release him on the F train without his pants on....
By nemesis (4), Southampton on Oct 16, 09 2:33 PM
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And so that makes what happened in Southampton ok? Also, the city police would not have reacted this way to an anonymous "inebriated" caller.
By DP377k (19), Southampton on Oct 28, 09 11:49 AM
THE CALLER WAS ''slightly inebriated'' LINDA TAKE NOTE
By Etians rd (409), Southampton on Oct 16, 09 7:32 PM
Well, according to Kabot, the cops are too "overzealous" to determine if someone is inebriated or not. (Only grainy police video & an overpayed attorney can ascertain that)
By nicole (96), Hampton Bays on Oct 21, 09 7:32 AM
Southampton Village used to be a place you could relax and have a good time - not any more. I've driven down Hill Street and had police cruisers tailgate me only 1 car length behind mine in an apparent attempt to make me nervoius and cause me to do something that would give them cause to pull me over. It is now a mini "police state" where they act as Gestapo. Yes, the village is nicer than it was in the '80's, but that is at quite a cost.

And here the Police take such extreme actions ...more
By Funbeer (206), Southampton on Oct 17, 09 2:41 AM
Way to go Southampton Police !!!!! Police need to secure the situation to protect all involved. There is NO way that those police officers who responded to the call knew that there was no gun. They did their job and did it well !!!!!
And for all of you who think differently ... keep your comments to yourselves. If you were one of the police officers who responded .. YOU WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME THING !!!!!!!! Keep up the great work Southampton Police Dept. !!!!!
By amazinggrace (4), brookhaven on Oct 17, 09 7:44 AM
amazinggrace has a gun.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Oct 17, 09 6:56 PM
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Except it was the Southampton Village police that attacked this innocent man.
By DP377k (19), Southampton on Oct 28, 09 11:51 AM
The police were called because someone was thought to have a GUN! What if this guy actually did have a gun and shot someone. Then the comments would have been more like "Why didn't they do something!!!"
Checking things like this is what a cop does. That is the job. If a cop gives an order you do it. End of story. If they feel there is danger they will cuff you until everything is sorted out. If you are innocent and you don't have a gun the cuffs come off and everyone goes home. Big deal.
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By private (27), sag harbor on Oct 17, 09 8:01 AM
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They should do something like find the person who falsly reported the incident!! That would be too difficult for them. Instead beat on an innocent person who poses no threat to them. Very nice.
By DP377k (19), Southampton on Oct 28, 09 11:54 AM
The police were called because someone was thought to have a GUN! What if this guy actually did have a gun and shot someone. Then the comments would have been more like "Why didn't they do something!!!"
Checking things like this is what a cop does. That is the job. If a cop gives an order you do it. End of story. If they feel there is danger they will cuff you until everything is sorted out. If you are innocent and you don't have a gun the cuffs come off and everyone goes home. Big deal.
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By private (27), sag harbor on Oct 17, 09 8:01 AM
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amazinggrace and private,

If you feel that the responding officers were justified doing what they did, I have a suggestion.

Please post the address of your residence, a general description of your appearance, and the location of your bedroom in the house.

The please authorize anyone reading this string of comments to make an anonymous call to the police at midnight some night, telling them that you have a gun in your closet.

How would you feel waking up to this ...more
By PBR (4819), Southampton on Oct 17, 09 4:52 PM
I don't think that the police were warranted to command the suspect to lie (?) on the ground. They should only have asked him to put his hands up. The suspect's refusal to obey, "a lawful order", was cause to put him on the ground and handcuff him. Searching his car? Depends on where the action took place. Searching his house? No way.
By highhatsize (3321), East Quogue on Oct 17, 09 4:59 PM
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So the Constitution has been suspended in Southampton Village?

But hey!, nio one was injured, so the next step is to ascertain the identity of the "prank caller,"
By Frank Wheeler (1735), Northampton on Oct 19, 09 11:38 AM
Do-rag, West Prospect Street address. Makes one wonder if the Jimmy and T-shirt were the only things that were black. Can a search be consensual if it is agreed to while you're cuffed and lying face down with two cops standing on your back?
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Oct 17, 09 7:12 PM
thank god for the chargers! if they still had the crown vics he would've surely gotten away!
By politcal pawn (112), Flanders on Oct 17, 09 8:27 PM
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Noted: no replies by:

-- Chief Wilson
-- SH Village Attorney DePetris
-- amazinggrace
-- private
-- Joe Shaw about the lack of reporting updates

Quite a pregnant silence IMO.

What really happened?

Tongues cut off?

Our Constitution is DOA at Conscience Point North Sea?
By PBR (4819), Southampton on Oct 19, 09 7:54 PM
What would you like the police to do if they received a similar 911 call from you and it was for real? The police have to treat every call of that nature as a threat to public safety until it is proven otherwise. This ass refused to comply with a lawful police order resulting in even more suspicion being cast on him.on him. The only part I don't agree with is the police procedure where they make you lie on the ground so they can all pile on like it was a football game. Whatever happened to interlocking ...more
By Walt (264), Southampton on Oct 20, 09 7:29 PM
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Time for an update to this story IMO. Too many missing facts, for instance has the caller been charged with filing a false police report?

Has the PD even questioned the caller?

Lots of unanswered questions -- too many for a democracy.
By PBR (4819), Southampton on Oct 25, 09 7:17 PM
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