MEDFORD, MA – Back in the day, traffic stops didn’t include a cop threatening to put a bullet through the brain of the motorist. But that was then, and this is now.
Dash-cam video from a motorist shows a guy in a t-shirt and shorts approaching the driver and threatening to shoot him in the head.
“I’ll put a hole right through your head.”
The guy making the threat was off-duty Medford, Massachusetts detective Stephen Lebert.
Mike, who didn’t give his last name, says he didn’t know the guy was a cop. He thought the guy was going to shoot him. Driver Mike admits he was confused while going through a round-about, a rotary, but he says he wasn’t driving the wrong way.
Here is the exchange that was caught on video:
Detective: "And you went through that [expletive] rotary."
Driver: "I didn't..(inaudible)...I didn't see a sign."
Detective: "Give me your license."
Driver: "Sorry, I didn't see that sign."
Detective: "You're lucky I'm a cop or else I'd be beating the [expletive] [expletive] out of you."
Det. Lebert has been accused of excessive anger on the job in the past, and has been involved in two civil lawsuits. It looks like the mean streets of Medford have a loose cannon carrying a gun and badge. Not a good combination.