Drunk, unhandcuffed man pulled gun from his pants while in Metro Transit police squad car [VIDEO]

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A drunken Rogers somehow found himself inside a squad car, unhandcuffed, with a loaded gun.
On the afternoon of December 4, Metro Transit police picked up 21-year-old Wesley Rogers in downtown Minneapolis.

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Police say Rogers was obviously drunk and had allegedly been harassing a woman, but they decided not to arrest him. Instead, a pair of officers patted him down and confiscated an open bottle of booze. But they showed Rogers some mercy and decided to give him a ride back to his north Minneapolis home, unhandcuffed, in the back of a squad car.

But as the squad drove along, Rogers began fidgeting with his pants. Surveillance footage shows him pulling out a revolver before the increasingly suspicious officers stopped the vehicle. One of them then opened the back door to see what Rogers was up to, saw his gun, and arrested him while showering him with profanities. Rogers's gun was later found to be loaded with two bullets.

Here's the footage, which was recently obtained by KSTP:



On March 7, Rogers pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of carrying a pistol without a permit. Regarding the officers' failure to notice Rogers's loaded gun while patting him down, Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington pointed out to KSTP that one of them, Jason Malland, was a rookie officer who had been on the force for only two months.

"Clearly, [the pat-down] wasn't thorough because they missed something," Harrington said at police headquarters. "That's almost the definition of not thorough in this case."

Nonetheless, neither Malland nor his partner, Adam Marvin, were punished.

"In my judgment, this is a training issue," Harrington told KSTP. "And the way, in my mind, that you deal with mistakes is you correct the behavior by training the officers and reminding them of the importance of good searches."

"There are times when you put young men out in sometimes very dangerous streets and you get lucky. And in this case, I think that's what happened," Harrington concluded.

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swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Who heads downtown to drink and thinks, "Oh, I should shove a loaded pistol into my underpants.  That would be a good thing to do."  Well, I guess Wesley Rogers does, or did at one time.

According to "keny1," the inappropriately named Mr. Rogers had not had a criminal record.  In that respect, Mr. Rogers and I used to have something in common.  What we have never had in common is the notion that, heading out to do some drinking, it would be in any way necessary, so far from a good idea; to have a loaded pistol in our underpants.

BigMeanie
BigMeanie

On March 7, Rogers pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of carrying a pistol without a permit.

Why is this just a gross misdemeanor, shouldn't it be a felony"

BigMeanie
BigMeanie

On March 7, Rogers pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of carrying a pistol without a permit.

Why is this just a gross misdemeanor, shouldn't it be a felony"

Imp Teaser
Imp Teaser

SINCE WHEN?!! EVERY time I've been in a cop car (not that it's happened frequently or anything), I've been handcuffed. Period. Even the time I didn't do anything and got a shirt pulled over my head for smarting off ('cuz I knew I hadn't done anything and they had no right to treat me the way they did), I was handcuffed before being thrown in the car. Isn't that in "Cop 101"?

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

No permit? But how did he get a gun without a permit??????

keny1
keny1

@BigMeanie Also, I just spoke to a cop friend of mine and he told me that this man may have had a permit to buy, but not to carry. That would result in a gross charge. However, the fact that when he was in the back of the squad car, and went fishing for the weapon, he was searching for it for a reason. And it probably wasn't to show the cops the new gun he just bought. The prosecutor will probably add an additional felony charge just for that, in addition to the fact that he was carrying a weapon while under the influence (which is a felony even if you have a carry permit.) Finally, if the gun turns out to be stolen, he will face a further felony charge.

But knowing the liberal court system in Minneapolis, he will get a public defender (our tax dollars), and certain charges will be dropped in a plea bargain and he will most likely spend 30 days in jail and be out on the streets again. And as we all know, the likelihood of him offending again is basically 100%. But the next time someone will be severely injured or killed.  

keny1
keny1

@BigMeanie I just ran his criminal record. He has no priors. So that's why he was only charged with a gross. If he was a career criminal, they would have charged him the a Felony. 

keny1
keny1

@BigMeanie I run background checks through MNCriminals.com. Perhaps they are not the most reliable source for criminal background checks. Like I said, the prosecutor will most likely amend the charges. However, and remember, I am not the Metro Transit Police, but even if he was convicted before for the same charge, the fact that he did not fire the weapon (in both cases), they would most likely not charge him with a felony. It's kind of like if you get a misdemeanor DWI, and then get arrested for the same offence later, they will not charge you with a felony (unless you injure or kill somebody). But I agree with you. This sad excuse for a human is obviously not an asset to society, but remember, he has rights and the police cannot just charge people with felonies just for the fun of it; They have to abide by the rules that the law allows. 

keny1
keny1

@Damian Amberg But just to think. If we only had universal background checks, he never would have obtained the gun in the first place.

Well, that's what Obama told me anyway.................................

keny1
keny1

@BigMeanie And if watch the video and listen to how he cussed the cops out (somehow it was THEIR fault), you can tell that this man is not a choir boy.  

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@keny1 We shouldn't have drugs laws either, because criminals disobey laws too.  So why have any laws?  Oh yeah, to help save lives.  Geez I guess Keny never thought of that!

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

3d printers, before they are outlawed in the sake of the American "dream"

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@ChazDanger @keny1 Or, Keny knows there are already laws on the books for background checks.  Or that he didn't have a CCW.. Gee two laws broken already and we don't even have his full criminal record. 


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