Canton Ohio police officer Daniel Harless looses control when, after pulling him over, William E. Bartlett failed to notify the officer that he is legally carrying a concealed weapon. The officer repeatedly tells Bartlett to be quite and stay in the car and thus prevents him the opportunity to inform the officer of his conceal carry status. When Bartlett attempts to speak the officers seem to just talk over him.
Once officer Harless realizes Bartlett is carrying a weapon, he explodes into a tirade of profanity and threats.Harless even goes so far as to tell Bartlett that he should have executed Bartlett for failing to notify the officer of the concealed weapon. Interspersed between the the threats and profanity was questioning about Bartlett’s concealed carry permit. Without giving Bartlett an adequate chance to respond, the officers place Bartlett in the back of the cruiser. The officers begin searching for the permit and speculating amongst themselves that Bartlett was not legally carrying the weapon, as the officers could not find a permit. Bartlett, trying to present his permit to the officers, was holding the permit in his hand, the whole time.
Not only did the officers intimidation make it difficult to notify them of his legal conceal carry status, but Bartlett’s status as a permit holder would have been in the same database as his driving information. This information is readily available to the officers if they would have bothered to check Bartlett’s drivers license before harassing him.