reply to post by mymymy
1.There was a co-pilot in the helicopter, presumably in radio contact with the guy on foot. Stealing a helicopter isn't a crime of opportunity like
stealing a car. It would take the planning and coordination of the efforts of a small gang of armed people, two of which would need to be able to fly
a helicopter, which is exceptionally difficult and requires specialized training. Even on the off chance that there just happened to be such an armed
gang, including skilled pilots, that just happened to have a place to hide a stolen helicopter on the low hanging out in the desert, they're probably
going to be too busy doing whatever armed criminals do in the desert to take advantage of a random air to land traffic stop instead.
The person walking over from the right is a male with no headgear and a backpack, his silhouette is clearly distinguishable from that of the unladen,
helmet wearing pilot, seen climbing down out of the cockpit. That's probably Bobby, and since the camera doesn't stay trained in that direction, we
don't know what happens, but it's not much of a stretch to think the co-pilot is giving him the same treatment officer Carlos is giving Tiffany.
2.He probably turns his back to Bobby because his partner is engaging him. Officer Carlos appears to be unarmed. Even if he is carrying a gun, it's
under his bulky jacket and difficult for him to reach quickly. Either way, he seems to be unfamiliar with carrying a weapon and dealing with armed
adversaries. Odds are he spends so little time on the ground that he only meets the bare minimum firearm qualifications like the people that stay in
the office their whole careers. That might also explain his unfamiliarity or disregard of the 4th amendment since he's a helicopter pilot and
doesn't normally stop pedestrians in his chopper.
3.See response 2. If he's shaking people down looking for a crime to charge them with first and asking questions later so to speak, he's probably
not too concerned with procedure and positive ID. Either that or he's unfamiliar with procedure because he's a pilot, not a patrol officer.
4.Looked to me like she was filming with a handheld camera in her right hand. She never moved in front of the camera, all we saw was her left hand and
the zippered edge of the left side of her sweater, which would be consistent with a handheld camera in the right hand. The camera is probably shaking
because she was minding her own business when she got buzzed by a chopper pilot that subsequently landed and started going through her pockets for no
reason. Most people would find that a little unsettling.
5.Cops can be attention whores too. Maybe he's just not intimidated by being filmed. If this is the way stops are handled in San Bernardino, he might
not be worried about the command staff seeing the footage since he probably learned it from them in the first place.
And to further clear things up,here is a link
to the FAA's
website for their aircraft registry. The ID on the chopper checks out with them as being registered to the San Bernardino county sheriff's office.