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Video shows officer threatening to 'put 2 in the back' of suspect's head

A bystander captured it all on video.

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Posted by Cash StayRolling Ashford on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Officials are investigating after a Brooklyn Center police officer threatened to "put two in the back of your head" to a man he was trying to arrest.

Part of the incident was captured on video and posted to Facebook Tuesday by Cash StayRolling Ashford (watch it above). The minute-long video starts with an officer approaching a white van, telling the person inside to "get down on the ground when you get out."

The man steps out of the van, and the officer yells "get down on the ground." The man complies, and the officer tells him to put his hands up and not to move.

As the officer is saying something into his radio, the video shows what looks like the man's arm moving towards the van. That's when the officer, who is pointing his gun at the man, yells:

"Don't reach for anything. You want to get shot? Don't reach for anything. Don't move. I'll put two in the back of your head if you move again, you understand me? Don't move."

The video, which had 36,000 views within 23 hours, ends before the man is taken into custody.

Police are investigating

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said in a news release Wednesday the department became aware of the video Wednesday and is investigating the incident and the interaction between one of his officers and a citizen.

Gannon said the 19-year-old male in the video is the suspect in a crime and was "actively evading law enforcement."

"While the use of forceful command may be necessary to ensure the safety of both the person being given the command and the officer, threatening language is never appropriate or acceptable," Gannon said. "We take all matters of conduct by our officers seriously."

Part of the incident was also captured by the officer's in-car camera and audio system, the release says.

"We appreciate the public's patience while we thoroughly review and evaluate the incident," Gannon said, noting no one was injured during the incident.

Police say the suspect is accused of several offenses, such as fleeing police on foot, having marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor theft. He also has a Hubbard County warrant for "failure to appear."

Filming the police

The police department posted Gannon's statement on Facebook, and it garnered a few comments – many thanking the police department for proactively sharing the information with the public. However one person commented, saying he reported this "because I feel these cops are getting out of hand."

Police officers' interactions with the public have been under scrutiny lately in the wake of officers using deadly force against black men. As a result, there's been an uptick in the encounters that are being filmed by the public and posted to social media – it's something the NAACP has encouraged in an effort to hold officer's accountable for their actions.

One of the most publicized videos of an incident involving an officer happened in July, when Philando Castile's girlfriend filmed what happened after he was shot.

And as a bystander, it's your right to document officer interactions.

The ACLU says if you’re on public property, you have the right to take photos of anything within view – including law enforcement officers.

It can get a little trickier with video that includes audio. If there’s an “expectation of privacy” among the people having a conversation, recording it can be illegal.

However, Appelman Law Firm says in Minnesota, only one person has to consent to an audio recording – so “you’re certainly within your rights to film a police officer in the line of duty, even if the other party doesn’t know or want you to film them.”Credit: Cash StayRolling Ashford, Facebook

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