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Sheffield Lake Police Chief Exposed: Police Will Draw Guns During Minor Traffic Stops (Sheffield Lake, Ohio)

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In Sheffield Lake, Ohio, citizens and would be passerby’s can expect to get jolted when they get pulled over.  According to the towns police Chief, Anthony Campo, the police department has no issue with unholstering their weapons, fairly regularly – even during minor traffic violations (listen to a secret recording of the Police Chief further in the article).

On January 28th, 2018 a motorist was pulled over by a Sheffield Lake Police Officer at about 3:00 am for not coming to a complete stop at a traffic sign.  While in the process of being pulled over, the driver proceeded to roll down all four of his vehicles windows, put his flashers on and promptly pulled his vehicle to the side of the road immediately.

The officer walked to the drivers side of the vehicle and instructed the driver to “place his hands on the steering wheel”.  At which time the driver complied immediately.  The officer then asked the driver to please provide identification and where he was headed so late in the morning.  The driver informed the officer that he was going to St. John’s West Shore Hospital where his newborn son was being treated for a severe case of RSV.  The driver asked for permission to get his wallet of out his coat pocket, to which the officer granted him permission.  While in the process of reaching for his wallet, the officer unholstered his gun and held it in the general direction of the driver.  This made the driver extremely nervous.  The officer then asked the driver to please provide vehicle registration information.  The driver notified the officer that it was in the glove box and the officer advised him that it would be “okay to get the paperwork”.  The gun was still out of the holster and partially angled at the driver side door during this exchange.

Sheffield Lake Police Department

Fun Fact:  The driver captured the entirety of the events on a Facebook live video.  The video shows the driver rolling his windows down, responding to the officers questions and engaging him in a polite manner.  

Police Chief Secretly Recorded

Sheffield Lake Police Chief Anthony Campo

The driver was eventually cited for not stopping completely at a stop sign and for having a headlight out and was allowed to proceed to the hospital.  The following day, the individual who had the gun pulled on him during the traffic stop didn’t feel that the situation was right so he personally drove to the Sheffield Lake Police Department and spoke with the Chief of Police.  The entire 13 minute conversation was recorded and at one point the Police Chief began belittling the citizen asking him “how long have you been a police officer expert”?

THE RECORDING (Anthony Campo Exposed)

The driver was also told that his complaint was “silly” and borderline “ridiculous”.  At one point the conversation turned slightly confrontational with Chief Anthony Campo proclaiming “I’d be wiling to bet (if you’re recording me god bless you) I bet I know more about policy and use of force than you do.”

He informed the police chief as to the circumstances that arose during the police stop numerous times, yet at the end of the recording the police chief acted like he never advised him that the gun was pulled out of the officers holster.  The Police Chief became very confrontational with the driver which you can hear for yourself in the full audio recording above.

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Driver: “Why, why did he unholster his gun on me”? 

Chief:  “I don’t know why he did what he did, if he felt, that something was presently, possibly a danger to him, I don’t know that without asking him.”.  “Without asking him what he felt was the issue there, what he was feeling… if the vehicle fit the description of something else, whatever..”

Driver:  “There seems to be a problem where peoples feelings are getting involved all across the board anymore, you can’t go off your feelings, you have to go off what you know”

Chief:  “I’m going to be blunt with ya, your complaint is so unfounded it’s almost to the point of ridiculousness”.

Sheffield Lake Police regularly draw guns during routine stops (not an actual photo).

COBRA Says:  Why the hell an officer would unholster a gun on a simple traffic stop was initially beyond me, however after hearing the audio of the Police Chief not having a problem with it, it’s not a shock now since it appears the entire precinct has been disposed to this type of behavior.

The driver of the incident had this to say when submitting to Scumbagged.com“Why in the world was a gun drawn on me for not stopping completely at a stop sign?  I didn’t do anything to deserve that.  I’m driving to go see my son in a hospital and I’m scared half to death because I have some officer half pointing his gun at me for not stopping at a stop sign because I’m in a rush to see my son?  That’s ridiculous!  Furthermore, how the Chief of Police acted, how he became confrontational over my complaint and bringing the fact of the gun being unholstered to his attention is an atrocity.  This is what is wrong with the system and the police in this country.  They are going off of feelings and behaving however “they feel”.  Then the Chief says that John Kasich is okay with this type of policing?  I think you guys should look into that….”

We did indeed look into the local governing authorities rights to unholster guns during traffic stops and what we discovered is both informational and profound.  The event that took place is considered a “threat of force”.  This is generally applied during instances where non-compliance is being met with the officer and the officer utilizes the next step to get compliance.  In the case where the driver was pulled over for a simple traffic violation and was entirely compliant, the gun being drawn was entirely unprofessional and should be deemed illegal.

The Facebook Video will be uploaded shortly.

The Bottom Line:  A cop shouldn’t act on feelings, he should go off of facts and information provided.  This is the purpose of having license plates ran when pulling over an individual.  Additionally, citizens should receive the benefit of the doubt, not the other way around.  The police department doesn’t like it very much when they are slandered in the media and generalized as one when something goes sour, therefore, they shouldn’t generalize each individual motorist that they pull over and assume the worst.  This is a serious situation and could have escalated a simple traffic stop quickly.

SCUMBAGGED Tip:  When traveling through Sheffield Lake and you’re pulled over, get you’re cameras rolling.  You’re sure to have a gun pulled on you for going 3 MPH over the speed limit.  It’s also a Federal Offense for an officer to unholster his weapon and point it at you, so keep that in mind if he decides to write you a ticket when he’s busy breaking the law and causing you to have a nervous breakdown.

18 COMMENTS

  1. I understand police safety. However, I wouldn’t not want an officer unholstering his firearm while stopped. Especially if I am politely respecting the officer.

    I roll my windows down, I put my hands on the steering wheel, turn on my exterior lights if it’s dark. I also place my hands on the steering wheel as I have my CCW and announce that I do with the location of my firearm.

    • Happened to me in Sheffield Lake too, btw the chief used to beat his wife and him and Trinetti (however it’s spelled) have mad dirt on them. Bet it comes out now

  2. This is not Sheffield Lake police. First off, it’s winter in Northeast Ohio, which means there’s snow and officers would not be wearing short sleeves. Secondly, the badge depicted in that photo is not of a Sheffield Lake officer.

    • Are you a cop? You seem to be quite defensive. Images are not meant to be misleading, the story itself is extremely accurate and there is a 13 minute audio recording provided. Furthermore the FB video is being prepared and will be uploaded shortly.

      Thanks for your two cents!

    • The photo says it’s not an actual photo under it… I hope you’re not overlooking this whole story because you overlooked a caption… Guess you’re not very good at noticing everything, huh…

  3. I went up and read the police report, the guy refused to put his hands on the stearing wheel and argued the entire time. The officer had his dashcam on and his gun never left his holster, and saying it happens regularly you think a real news site might of taken up on it. Extremely accurate, what a joke. Somebody got a ticket and lied to this site or this site spiced it up for a few views, but I’ve lived there for 20 years and this is a joke.

  4. I think the only thing that happened here that could have been handled way better is the discussion with the Chief. The Chief should have politely apologized and informed the complainant that his officers are trained to be prepared so they don’t die in the line of duty during a simple traffic stop. If they (the officer’s) don’t know you then they have to be wary of everyone, as current times have proven that anyone could become a serious threat before they have time to draw their weapon. They may have made you uncomfortable, but you and the officer are both alive, and that’s we are trying to accomplish. My feeling is that if you don’t agree, go talk to any officer’s family that has been killed while making a “simple traffic stop”, and see if your feelings matter to them. I know from personal experience how it feels as once was stopped in Westlake with two officers pointing their weapons at my head. But it was a case of mistaken identity that they quickly analyzed and corrected, and helped me contact the official parties that had mistakenly linked my BMV info with a wanted Felon’s info, causing the stop in the first place. I was cuffed and stuffed, but released in a few minutes after finding the error. They were nice people, just doing their job and trying to be safe.

  5. Tony Campo is a belligerent police chief who is gun happy and is way out of line. We miss Larry Shepherd but our Mayor fired him the day he found out his wife was dying from brain cancer. Guess he thinks he is a cop in Cleveland and above the law.

  6. Anthony Campo used to beat his first wife and had to beg her not to press charges on him… Dude is a woman beater, plain and fucking simple. Total piece of shit. I’ve got way more information on him as well all you have to do is ask.

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