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DALLAS (CBSDFW) – Ordered out of his car by a police officer, a driver in Dallas stood powerless as it was towed away.
The man was parked in a “No Parking” zone, but after video of the incident was posted to social media, viewers began questioning the officer’s actions.
Josh Bounds who shot the video on his cell phone says the driver was trying to move his car, when the officer stopped him.
“Made him roll down the window. After he rolled down the window, the officer unlocked the vehicle and opened the door,” says Bounds.
In messages to CBS11, the driver wrote that he saw the car in front of him hitched to a tow truck. He said he didn’t see a citation on his car and thought he could move it. He claims the officer then accused him of interfering with an impounded vehicle and threatened to arrest him if he didn’t step out.
“Why not just give him a ticket or a citation or a warning and let him move it?” asks Bounds.
The driver says he was told police had moved past ticketing and “straight to towing” cars at the intersection of Knight St and Cedar Springs Rd.
“This may have been a targeted area where they’ve been having a hard time with people parking illegally,” says attorney Pete Schulte.
Schulte says there are limited circumstances in which an officer can order a tow instead of writing a ticket. He’s not sure what justification the officer had in this case, but he says the officer had every right to stop the driver.
“Once the officer makes that decision, he doesn’t have to let someone get in his car and drive off,” he says.
Dallas police have not responded to CBS11’s request for comment.
The video now has 6,000 views on Facebook.
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