What do you get when Detective Richard Rowe from the King County Sheriff’s Office and YouTube vlogger “Squid Tips” Alex Randall meet for the first time? If you don’t know the results of the video you will be surprised.
Fifty-seven seconds into the video, a man stands in front of Alex Randall holding a gun close to his chest. He shows up unannounced and asks what are you doing.
At 1.24, he is asking for Randall’s identification and digs into his pocket and removes his wallet. At this point you may be thinking it is a concerned citizen upset with Randall, maybe even a robbery. That is until 1.32 into the video that Detective Richard Rowe states he is “the police,” a full 38 seconds into the confrontation.
Randall admitted to speeding but not at 100 miles per hour as Detective Rowe said. Randall estimates he was traveling between forty-five to fifty miles per hour. He also did not receive a citation.
Richard Rowe is a nineteen year veteran, which means he should know better. He is employed the Woodinville Police Department which is contracted with the King County Sheriff’s Office.
“From what I’ve seen, I don’t approve of his actions, so what comes next is an investigation.”
“All things being equal you don’t pull your gun on a misdemeanor traffic stop. On a misdemeanor traffic stop, it’s against our policy. It’s against federal law,” Urquhart said.
Sheriff Urquhart Facebook Statement-
Sheriff Urquhart posted the following statement on Facebook Monday night:
Late Monday afternoon I was sent a video of a traffic stop of a motorcyclist by a King County Sheriff’s detective. With the caveat that I have not yet heard the other side of the story, I was deeply disturbed with the conduct and tactics that were recorded.
I have ordered the detective be placed on administrative leave as of Tuesday morning pending a full investigation of the facts.
In every encounter I expect my deputies to treat others with respect. Our manual requires that firearms not be drawn and pointed unless the deputy believes their use may be required. Generally that means the deputy believes the safety of him or herself is in jeopardy, or a member of the public. Drawing your weapon on someone when investigating a misdemeanor traffic offense is not routine. All of these issues will be covered in a full investigation. In the meantime, the detective involved will not be working with the public.
King County Sheriff John Urquhart placed Detective Rowe on administrative leave and did state that to his knowledge, there are no prior disciplinary actions against Rowe.
Randall says he’s filed a complaint with the sheriff’s department and the county’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight.