Video shows confrontation between armed man and police at traffic stop

  • According to Columbus Dispatch, a gunman in Ohio threatened to shoot the police during a traffic obstruction on a freeway.
  • The footage of the incident was released online by the Genoa Municipality Police Department and shows a three-minute confrontation between 25-year-old Merak Burr, identified by the Columbus Dispatch.
  • According to local reports, Burr was first stopped for speeding by a State Highway Patrol officer and had a gun in his vehicle.
  • The confrontation sparked reactions on social media when people compared it to another incident in Columbus, Ohio, in which a 23-year-old black man was fatally shot and killed by law enforcement.
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Body camera footage released by the Ohio Police Department shows an armed man who disobeyed the police, threatened to be shot and fled the scene when they asked him to get out of his vehicle while there was a traffic obstruction. The incident has been likened to black Americans' experience of law enforcement.

Merak Burr, 25, had been stopped by a State Highway Patrol officer in Delaware County, Ohio, for driving on a freeway. Burr also had a firearm in his vehicle, according to Columbus Dispatch.

Steve Gammill, Police Chief of Genoa Municipality, posted the footage on Facebook showing an "uncooperative" man who disobeyed the officers.

"Put your hands on the steering wheel," Genoa Township Police Department officer Mike Sigman told Burr as he approached the vehicle.

Burr immediately replied, "No."

The confrontation became heated when the officers ordered him to get out of his vehicle, but Burr refused to obey their orders and repeatedly yelled to the officer, "Do you have a body camera, sir?"

At one point, the video shows Sigman warning Burr that he would release his K9 and Burr threatened to shoot the officers on site, who then began pointing their guns at Burr.

"Don't you dare," Officer Sigman replied.

In the video, Grat can be heard telling officers that the weapon is "in constitutional possession" and "not hidden." He finally closes his car door and flees from the officers at the scene. Following a persecution, Burr was later taken into police custody and charged, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Throughout the video, Officer Sigman quietly ordered Burr to follow instructions. "We'll find out," Officer Sigman said on the video.

"As you can see from the video, Trooper and Officer Sigman were in a very tense situation, which could have been tragic, and both acted with great restraint and professionalism," Chief Gammill said on the Facebook post.

The Genoa Municipality Police Department has not yet responded to Insider's request for comment.

The incident sparked reaction on social media as questions were raised about why black Americans who died after confrontations with law enforcement were not given the same grace as Burr.

– Shannon, we did it! (@ richones1) December 6th, 2020 – "I AM" the Taino Africana @ (@ LunaG23) December 6th, 2020

Some pointed to an unrelated incident that also occurred two days later in Ohio when a black man who authorities said had "waved a gun" in his vehicle was fatally shot by a sheriff's MP, such as WSYX reported. The man has been identified as Casey Goodson Jr., 23, and his mother told the news network that he was licensed to carry the gun and was shot three times in the back in Columbus, Ohio. US Marshal Pete Tobin of the Southern District of Ohio told WSYX that the "shooting was warranted" but the case is currently under investigation.

—Kaylee 🌸 (@__kaybaeee) December 5, 2020

"This is Casey Goodson, a 23-year-old black man from Ohio. On December 4, an @OHFCSO MP mistook Casey for a refugee and shot him three times in the back," said Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney who has represented those involved in police brutality such as Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Jacob Blake tweeted on Sunday.

"He went into his own house with a sandwich, NOT a gun," added Crump. "This shoot 1st, ask Q's mentality MUST END! We demand #JusticeForCasey !!"

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