VIDEO:California Cop Snatches Phone from Woman, Fearing it to be Weapon

Woman insists on recording, saying West Covina cops have a bad reputation. Cops prove her right.

A West Covina police officer claimed he was in fear for his life when he snatched a smartphone from a woman during a traffic stop as she recorded last Thursday.

"Let me see your phone," said the cop, who remains unidentified at this time.

The woman, Eileen Aquino, and her husband, were pulled over for not having license plates, according to KTLA, which reported that police handcuffed her husband because he was on probation for a gun violation.

She asserted her right to record, telling the officer her mother works at the sheriff's office.

"I don't give a fuck," the cop responded.

"I don't want it to be used as a weapon," he continued.

"You guys have made a bad name for yourselves, I'm not going to put the phone down," Aquino responded.

After more back and forth, the cop said, "if you don't put the phone down, I'm going to take it from you."

"You have no right to do that," she said.

But before she could finish her sentence, he swiped at the camera but failed to grab it. Within seconds, he was climbing inside the car, wrestling the woman for her phone.

According to KTLA:

โ€‹The incident occurred on the morning of April 12 along Meadow Road near Garvey Avenue when the woman, Eileen Aquino, and her husband were driving a vehicle without license plates from an auto glass and vehicle sales business they own in West Covina, she told KTLA.

When they were stopped by a West Covina Police Department patrol car, the couple provided proper documentation, Aquino said. Officers ran her husbandโ€™s ID, finding he was on probation for a gun violation, Aquino said.

One of the officers was polite at first, she said, but his demeanor changed when he found out her husband, Chris Moreno, was on probation.

Then officers ordered her and her husband Chris to get out of the vehicle because they wanted to search it. Aquino said she and Moreno asked for a higher-ranking officer to be present during the search, but the officers denied their request. They were complying when her husband was cuffed and was taken to the side of the car, she said.

She began recording while she was still in the vehicle and an officer approached her side of the car, soon telling her to put the phone down. She refused.

This is how she described it on her Facebook page.

So I've been debating on whether or not I should post this incident that happened to Chris and I last Thursday on our way into work. I'm only posting this to show people that it doesn't matter if you are a law abiding citizen, the #westcovinapd are so crooked, everything you've heard about them is true. After this officer confiscated my phone, he then snatched me out of my car, my dress came up to my back leaving my bottom completely exposed and handcuffed me. I repeatedly asked him to pull my dress down or let me pull my dress down and he refused. This was all over a traffic stop for not having front plates which we proved that they were on their way. We both have our license and registration Meanwhile the other officer had my husband Chris on the floor kicking him and punching him in his face .. This was the WORSE most Traumatizing experience of my life. People don't deserve to get treated like this. We were fully cooperative, I don't understand why this happened to us. My kids go to school and play recreational sports in #westcovina, Our Businesses are in the heart of #westcovina! This whole experience has been a utter nightmare!!!

โ€‹Aquina told KTLA that the cops had her husband on the ground, kicking and punching him.

So it appears she was right when she said the West Covina Police Department has made a bad name for themselves. โ€‹

UPDATE: Since this video surfaced, another video surfaced showing West Covina cops trying to keep another citizen from recording them arresting a man in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

Comments (22)
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Robert Gantry
Robert Gantry

Rotten oinker: "I'm in control of this situation because that's the only thing that makes me feel good about myself, controlling others, because I know deep down inside what an evil, worthless piece of schitt I am."

Raddy68
Raddy68

Wow, that scrawny lil pig needs a new career. What a total asshole. Obviously got bullied in school so now he's getting his payback. WTF

NonyaFknB
NonyaFknB

Cracks me up when they complain about being criticized but they keep doing everything they possibly can to be criticized.

Tim Smith
Tim Smith

he put his life*

Tim Smith
Tim Smith

Its clear he has a control issue. What's evident, he put his life in danger the moment he reached over her person to grab the cellphone a non lethal device. He put his own life in danger if any real danger even existed from the young woman, which he knew there wasn't any real danger because if there was and real life danger to his life he would not have reached over as such. Furthermore he made a bad decision based off his emotion of anger for the lack of control over the situation chiefly the citizen. He should be reprehended just like every other unjust video we see daily, nothing will happen it's to late in the game. Just wait for the RFID and prepare for that for now.

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Melanation

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Edwinmurcia700
Edwinmurcia700

Man shut sh*t up idiot... Lol

today_is_the_day
today_is_the_day

Cop/cop apologist: those who show on these forums and defend the violence of cops.

Don't be a cop apologist.

Kramon
Kramon

It's dumb people like this trying to create drama I understand you're recording the situation but it's also the cops safety just shut the fuck up and let the cop do his job and quit being a drama queen seriously I know these cops probably have a bad reputation but just follow the rules and you probably even got pulled over for a simple citation like not turning signal lights on or anything why the fuk you being a drama queen and let the cops do their job they are there to Serve and Protect you are overreacting selfish inconsiderate little cunt

today_is_the_day
today_is_the_day

A cellphone is not an indication of a handgun except to the delusional.

UKRAGENT
UKRAGENT

There are also retards such as you that look like humans unfortunately...

jay856
jay856

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚boot licker

Lcb97269
Lcb97269

Commie Nazis indoctrinated by Californicators, and the like.

Omniia
Omniia

In reality, it is a weapon to have something to video record. But it's a necessary weapon. Why is it a weapon you ask? Because it's a form of protection to bring out the truth of a matter, on video footage. In a sense that it kills lies, it is a weapon of Justice and these policemen like this one dislike this weapon that causes a shift not in his favor. This criminal policeman destroyed that woman's property by force as well, snatched her out of her vehicle. That's breaking and entering, abduction theft and vandalism. This is why this weapon of memories and truth is good.

Ralphrepo
Ralphrepo

There are guns that look like cellphones...

adamhammer
adamhammer

I would like to know when the city attorney was going to do their jobs and file charges against the cops for assaulting a citizen! City Attorney (626) 939-8401

vegas jack
vegas jack

Another fucking Nazi who needs to feel the fat end of the Bear Jews baseball bat!