Transcript of audio from police dashboard camera videos in stop of Adams resident

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ADAMS — At a meeting of the Select Board on Wednesday evening, Police Chief Richard Tarsa presented dashboard camera recordings of a police stop conducted on the afternoon of Jan. 24, during an investigation immediately after a shooting.

The videos show the traffic stop and detention of Aaron "AJ" Chappell, an Adams resident who happened to be driving through the neighborhood soon after the shooting.

Police stop the car, direct Chappell to get out, hold his hands in the air and kneel in the street. One officer holds a gun trained on Chappell as another puts him in handcuffs. Chappell is taken to the police car for questioning, then is released.

Chappell says the experience was traumatic and is questioning whether he was stopped and held at gunpoint because he is black. Tarsa asserts that while race was one of the descriptors used to identify the suspects police were looking for, two of whom were black, this is not a case of racial profiling.

Below is the transcript of the audio from the dashboard camera videos.



Cruiser 42 Dashcam:

Radio: One black male, will be having a red sweatshirt, with a ball cap, second one had a black sweatshirt with a beard.

Driver: 10-4. I believe this one has a white sweatshirt, can't see a face.

Radio: I'm on Cook. We're just waiting to turn left here.



Suspect vehicle pulled over, Chappell gets out and goes through handcuffing and search.

After Chappell is cuffed and escorted to the police cruiser, other officer holsters weapon, searches vehicle.




Officer: You're probably not the guy, we've just got to make sure.

Chappell: I'm not the guy.

Officer: OK. Where are you coming from? Where are you going?

Chappell: (Unintelligible) ... My car is parked there.

Officer: So Aaron, do you know Gage Sherman?

Chappell: No.

Officer: No? OK. So, here's the thing. We just saw you pull out of the street right across from where there was a shooting. A guy got shot like three times right across the street from where you pulled out of East Jordan. OK? The person was wearing a red ball cap, black male, we have no idea on the age and, uh, there was two of them. A black sweatshirt and I believe it was a red sweatshirt. You're not fitting that description, but because you were in the area wearing a red ball cap, somebody can change.

Chappell: OK.

Officer: So why don't you slide over here, OK? And ah, I'm going to get you out of those handcuffs, and I'm going to get you out of here. OK? I'm sorry about the inconvenience of having to point a gun at you. We just want to make sure that if somebody's going to get caught, that we catch them. All right, turn and face away from me. OK. Again, you got nothing on you, right?

Chappell: I literally was just around the corner at my mom's house. Oh, my God.

Officer: Chuckles. I so apologize, and thank for being we're not trying to profile or anything, It's nothing about that. We're just trying to catch somebody that just got shot and robbed. You're all set to go. Officer Cunningham will meet you on the other side just to make sure you get in your car safe.

End.



Cruiser 44 Dashcam:

Cruiser pulls out to follow car driven by Aaron Chappell on North Summer Street.

Radio: One black male, will be having a red sweatshirt, with a ball cap, second one had a black sweatshirt with a beard.

Radio: I'd say he has a gray sweatshirt, red ball cap. Where are you, Travis?

Officer: I'm on Cook, just waiting to turn left here.

Radio: 10-4. Turning onto Cook now.

Officer: I'm going to stop him right here.

Chappell pulls over.

Officer: Driver. Put your hands out the window. Do it right now. With your right hand, turn off the vehicle. Do it now. Keep both hands out the window. With your left hand, open the driver-side door. Slowly step out. Face away from me. Keep both hands in the air. Take one step to your left. One more step to your left. Walk back. Keep walking. Stop. Driver. Turn around 360 degrees, slowly. Keep turning. Keep turning. Keep turning. Keep turning. Keep turning. Stop. Walk backwards to the sound of my voice. Keep walking. Keep walking. Stop. Go down to your knees.

Radio: That's going to be an Aaron Chappell.

End.



Cruiser 42 Rear Seat Camera:

Aaron Chappell sits in rear seat, wearing handcuffs.

Officer: You're probably not the guy, we've just got to make sure.

Chappell: I'm not the guy.

Officer: OK. Where are you coming from? Where are you going?

Chappell: 21 Richmond. My car is parked there.

Officer: So Aaron, do you know Gage Sherman?

Chappell: No.

Officer: No? OK. So, here's the thing. We just saw you pull out of the street right across the street from where there was a shooting. A guy got shot like three times right across the street from where you pulled out of East Jordan. OK? The person was wearing a red ball cap, black male, we have no idea on the age and, uh, there was two of them. A black sweatshirt and I believe it was a red sweatshirt. You're not fitting that description, but because you were in the area wearing a red ball cap, somebody can change.

Chappell: OK.

Officer: So why don't you slide over here, OK? And ah, I'm going to get you out of those handcuffs, and I'm going to get you out of here. OK? I'm sorry about the inconvenience of having to point a gun at you. We just want to make sure that if somebody's going to get caught, that we catch them. All right, turn and face away from me. OK. Again, you got nothing on you, right?

Chappell: I literally was just around the corner at my mom's house. Oh, my God.

Officer: Chuckles. I so apologize, and thank you for being we're not trying to profile or anything, It's nothing about that. We're just trying to catch somebody that just got shot and robbed. You're all set to go. Officer Cunningham will meet you on the other side just to make sure you get in your car safe.

End.




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