By CBSLA Staff

REDLANDS (CBSLA) — A Black man from Redlands recorded police officers as they pulled him from his vehicle during a recent traffic stop.

A rough arrest was caught on camera after a Redlands man was pulled from his vehicle by Redlands police. (Cell phone video)

“If you don’t get out of the car, I’m gonna pull you out,” an officer can be heard saying in the video.

The driver, Stanley Claiborne, said he was stopped by Redlands police for a broken taillight and tinted windows and did not understand why officers were forcing him out of his car.

“Every time I get pulled over, I’m nervous they might try to get me,” he said.

That’s why Claiborne said he called his wife to come outside and be a witness to the situation. Neighbors also came out and recorded their own videos.

“They didn’t just ask him to get out of the car,” Bernadette, a neighbor, said. “They were hands-on dragging him out of the car for no reason.”

Police then backed neighbors away from the area, saying they were interfering with an investigation.

“I feel like there’s got to be a reason to get out of the car,” Claiborne said. “If you ask me for my ID and don’t run it, and then you start, that’s what scared me.”

And Claiborne said it was obvious he was not the only one scared in the altercation.

“I’m big,” he said. “I’m a big Black guy.”

A spokesperson for the Redlands Police Department declined to comment specifically on the traffic stop, but said they were aware of the video and were looking into it.

“It’s unfortunate but that’s the danger of asserting your rights in the middle of an unlawful arrest,” Alexandra Kazarian, a constitutional rights attorney, said.

She said officers do have room in the law to argue that a person needs to get out of their vehicle in order to secure a scene, but, after watching the video of Claiborne’s detention, said it was not necessary.

Claiborne said officers told him that it was standard safety procedure in the city to make people stand outside of their cars during traffic stops.

“If it’s the standard procedure in Redlands, then I encourage every Redlands citizen who’s had that situation happen to them contact an attorney immediately.

Claiborne was ultimately cited for the broken taillight, tinted windows and failing to change his driver’s license address. He is also facing a charge of resisting arrest.

After video of the altercation came to light, Claiborne was asked to speak at a defund the police rally Tuesday night in Redlands. There was also a counter-protest planned in support of law enforcement.

Comments (4)
  1. I was waiting for the ‘I can’t breathe’ part. So, when does this guy sue? Just comply , man. Is it that hard to do??

  2. Sam says:

    They need to learn to cooperate. Looks like he was looking for a reason to sue and publicize it.

  3. Larry Erickson says:

    These two obvious police supporters,above, parroting the “Blue” party line about compliance and going after cops to sue.

    If police departments and their officers would only COMPLY with laws and civil rights, if they would do the right thing, then there would be nothing to sue about. “Sam” would have you suspend reality and believe that Mr. Claiborne was driving aimlessly around Redlands just waiting for Redlands PD to pull him over and violate is civil rights, his camera at the ready.

    Does this or any other story say that Mr. Claiborne is a civil rights activist that is working in the Redlands area and is aware that Redlands Police have a history of civil rights violations and that he was working to expose that? No it does not.

    Even if he did, that is not against the law and he has every right to do that. Redlands Police certainly seem to have done everything to help Mr. Claiborne in that regard. All your doing is victim blame. We do not live in an authoritarian police state where you could validly say cooperation is the proper way to behave with abusive police when you have no rights.

    I can tell you without a doubt that it is NOT Redlands Police policy to have every driver that they pull over get out of the car. I see traffic stops all the time and no one is out of the car in Redlands. If you have two officers or more available, one writes the ticket and the second stands to the side, behind and right of the car watching the occupants. Police get someone out of the car if they think they have an arrest warrant or if they want to make an illegal search of the car or the driver. Once the driver is out they can then pat him down, search, for “their safety”

    I suspect that Mr. Claiborne is not facing a charge of “resisting arrest” as the article states, but is in fact facing a charge of ‘Obstructing or Delaying” as found in California Penal Code 148(a). Nothing suggests that the police were trying to make an arrest when they made the stop. So the police are trying to employ their favorite broad tool to get back at upitty people – PC 148(a).

    This is something that Redands police do use to violate rights and I am speaking from personal experience. Unfortunately this law is so overly broad that just asking a police officer a question or arguing your rights or doing anything other that snapping to attention and saluting his power and authority over you, will get you charged with this “crime” – aka – “contempt of cop.

    I hope Mr. Claiborne does not make a plea deal on this charge and will get a good lawyer. I doubt of course that he can afford one as he could not make repairs on his car. I am sure the San Bernardino County DA office will charge him to keep him from filing a civil rights complaint and will do so under pressure from Redlands PD.

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