PEARLAND, Texas - The Pearland Police Department has released dash cam video from a traffic stop involving a former Houston Oilers player.
The traffic stop occurred at 1:15 a.m. on September 1, 2015 in the parking lot of a gas station at the intersection of Shadow Creek Parkway and Almeda road.
In the video, the police officer is seen walking up to Lamar Lathon's car and asking for his drivers license and proof of financial responsibility.
The officer asks Lathon, 48, several times not to reach under his seat as he takes his weapon out of its holster.
After asking Lathon several more times not to reach under his seat, he replaces his weapon back in its holster.
After several minutes, the officer asks Lathon to step out of his vehicle and the officer is seen searching the vehicle. The officer says in the video he pulled Lathon over for driving 65 mph in a 50 mph zone and issues him a speeding citation.
Lathon posted on Facebook and told media outlets the officer pulled a gun on him during the traffic stop. The former linebacker said he feared for life during the incident and said the police officer pointed the gun in his face.
The Pearland Police Department issued the following statement in a press release on Thursday.
Based on review of the video footage, it is the position of the Pearland Police Department that the response of the officers involved in this traffic stop was professional and within both the law and policies of this agency. The primary officer was tactically aware, maintained control of the scene and attempted to de-escalate a volatile situation brought on by a driver who refused to follow directions and whose primary complaint seemed to be the issuance of a citation.
The Pearland Police Officer's Association has asked for Lathon to apologize for his initial accusations.
"As a former NFL Pro Bowler, Lathon is looked up to and considered a role model by many in the community. Mr. Lathon needs to take ownership of words and actions, and apologize to the men and women of the Pearland Police Department that fearlessly protect and serve their community in these very dangerous times."