A white police officer has been fired after he was caught on camera angrily confronting two black men outside a Nordstrom Rack and accusing them of being “suspicious.”
The fired officer, Lawrence Township Deputy Constable Daryl Jones, approached cousins Aaron Blackwell and Durell Cunningham on the north side of Indianapolis, according to WTHR.
The pair recorded the confrontation after an earlier encounter with Jones, who they said had racially profiled them and tried to run their car plates for no apparent reason.
The now-viral video of the confrontation shows the off-duty constable approaching the driver’s side of the car and demanding to see their identification.
“Get your driver’s license out now or I will lock you up,” Jones demanded.
When the Nordstrom customers questioned why they were being asked for ID if they hadn’t committed an offense, Jones angrily fired back: “I got my rights to do anything I want to do, I’m a police officer.”
“When Lawrence Township Chief Constable Terry Burns watched the video, he terminated Jones within two hours. Burns told Eyewitness News that Jones worked for the previous two chief constables, adding up to about 20 years of service. Burns confiscated the badge, radio and constable identification from Jones,” WTHR reports.
Watch the confrontation, below:
“I have support from a lot of people, and some of them are even other law enforcement officers,” said Aaron Joseph, the passenger in the car who recorded the incident. “So I don’t want people to think that all cops are bad or he represents all officers. There are some really good officers out there who would never treat people that way.”