WATCH: Cop Holds Black Man at Gunpoint Moments after being Told Suspect is White

Jacob Crawford

Body cam footage shows an Arizona cop holding a Black man at gunpoint after being told suspect was a White man.

Moments after being informed the armed suspect was a White man wearing a dark shirt and tan pants, Tempe police officer Ronald Kerzaya had his gun drawn on a Black man wearing a grey shirt and dark pants, telling him he "matches your description."

"You going to shoot me?" hotel employee Trevonyae Cumpian asks as he drops to his knees with his hands up. It is 103 degrees and the asphalt is burning through his pants.

"Am I going to be another person on the news."

"Shut the fuck up with that shit," the officer responds holding Cumpain at gunpoint.

The incident occurred on August 29 at Hawthorn Suites hotel in Tempe, Arizona after the manager of the hotel had called police about two White people smoking in a stairwell and pulling out a firearm when confronted.

The video shows Kerzaya is given a description of the armed suspect as a White male in a black shirt and tan pants. Kerzaya exits the hotel, drawing his weapon and within a minute holds Cumpian as he exits the hotel. Cumpian, who is Black, is wearing a gray shirt and dark pants.

“I work here," says Cumpian as he is ordered to the ground.

“I am responding to somebody with a firearm who matches your description," the cop says.

"What I'm scared of is someone is going to lose their life because of him in the near future," Cumpian said in an interview with AZCentral. "He's going to kill someone."

The detention lasts for three minutes, ending once Kerzaya is told that Cumpian is a hotel employee. Kerzaya then proceeds to draw his weapon on two other people exiting the hotel, prompting one to run back inside.

The stop is a departure not only from departmental orders but the law. An officer is only allowed to detain someone when they have “reasonable suspicion” which is an articulable fact that links someone to a crime that has, is, or is about to occur.

Matching a description of someone can constitute reasonable suspicion and allow an officer to initiate a detention when close in time and proximity to an incident. However as shown clearly in the video, Cumpian was not a White male, nor was he wearing a black shirt.

This incident was quickly picked up by local news outlets prompting police to release a statement:

"Our initial review indicates that this incident was not handled in accordance with the professionalism and respectful behavior that we, and the public, have for our officers," spokesman Detective Greg Bacon said in a released statement.

Tempe Mayor Corey Woods also released a statement saying:

“A recent event between a Tempe Police Officer and a member of a local hotel staff is both disturbing and disappointing.

"While the matter is under investigation and we will await the outcome of that examination, from our early review of the body camera footage, the Officer’s actions were not a demonstration of the quality of service or treatment of people that Tempe seeks to, can and must provide.”

This is not the first time Kerzaya has been in the news . In June of 2019, Kerzaya’s body camera captured an incident during a domestic violence call in which he used a stun gun on a man holding his 1-year-old child. While the department determined that Kerzaya’s use of force was within departmental policy, it has left Cumpian feeling lucky that he was not shot and killed.

"He looked like he’s unstable and it just seemed like he was playing a video game," said Cumpian after reviewing surveillance video of the incident. - AZCentral

Comments (7)
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ibelieveinkarma1
ibelieveinkarma1

as a repeat sex offender cumpian should’ve been shot and killed to pay for what he’s done to others! don’t stay at this hotel! he might track down your kids if you bring them there to stay. would never trust him being the front desk of a place where families stay. th he made from his knees to squat should’ve got him shot!

Firesky
Firesky

Hey Mayor.
Hope you've got a big check book for the amounts of violations this cop will inflict on citizens due to his lack of ability to remember a simple description of someone.
He will kill an innocent person soon.
Get ready for the lawsuits Mayor.

Firesky
Firesky

This cop is not mentally stable enough to be a cop.
He can not listen to a statement from a witness and actually remember it.
The man did not match the description at all.
Yet he holds him at gun point for minutes.
If this cop can not carry out such a simple task as remember a basic description of someone then he is not mentally competent enough to do this job.

MFisher
MFisher

This sort of thing happens EVERY day, over and over without consequences.

Jaydee427
Jaydee427

This is definitely a case of violation of his civil rights and unlawful detainment.

JAMES JUSTICE
JAMES JUSTICE

Tempe cop will kill someone if not removed from service!

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

this repeat offender needs to loose his blue lies mafia privileges PERMANENTLY!
this is gross misconduct and should not be tolerated!


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