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Oakland County Sheriff issues statement on Pontiac Man’s ‘Hands in Pockets’

OAKLAND COUNTY, MI – With all that has gone on in Ferguson, MO. and the nation, now Michigan has its own controversy in Pontiac, MI.Brandon McKean

Brandon Mckean uploaded a video to his Facebook and YouTube page.  On Facebook alone the video has generated over 3 million hits.  On Youtube it has garnered over 325 thousand views.

(Both videos are posted below for you to view so that you can make your decision of what transpired)

A link to Fox 2 Detroit from their newscast at 10pm on December 1st, 2014 is also available.  During the newscast McKean was interviewed.

A protest and march are being planned on Martin Luther King Blvd in Pontiac.

He is claiming that he was stopped and told that walking with his hands in his pockets was suspicious.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard has issued the following statement:

There has been a great deal of discussion on the internet about a deputy talking to “a man with his hands in his pockets.” Unfortunately, this issue demonstrates one of the disadvantages of social media. Often times, individuals share things without knowing the facts and in some cases promote a specific agenda unrelated to the reality of the situation. Shocking that the internet does not tell the full picture or people use this for an agenda-right? So, here is the whole story.Sheriff Michael Bouchard

The video that was posted was an edited version of the whole situation and cut out the Deputy fully explaining as to why 911 was called on him, and ended with this person agreeing that the police should respond. The 911 call received by the Oakland County Dispatch Center originated from a nearby business that had been a victim , as well as its employees, of seven robberies. The caller and his employees were concerned about the individual who had walked by the front window of the business five or six times, while looking inside with his hands in his pockets. Fearing for their safety, the business dialed 911 and the Deputy responded.

In the unedited version of the event, the individual stated that if he had called the police on a suspicious person, he would expect the police to respond, check the area, and talk to the suspicious person being called about. The Deputy did not detain or pat down the individual and considering the nature of the call responded in a very restrained and professional manner.

We will continue to take each and every call seriously at the Sheriff’s Office and hold our Deputies to the highest standards and expectations of public service.


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