SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - Bodycam video of a Major League Baseball player and his arrest in the Valley have been released.
The incident involves Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Emotions ran high at times in the video, which was reflected in Maxwell's language.
There are two things to note, one of which is procedure for Scottsdale Police, raising questions on how body cameras are being used. The other is the obvious fallout from Maxwell taking a knee, and how it was taking a toll on him personally.
The encounter with police happened, a month after he took a knee for the first time. The encounter took place after a delivery driver said he answered the door at his Scottsdale apartment with a gun in his face. In bodycam footage of the encounter, Scottsdale Police released this body cam footage of the confrontation, asking him to walk backwards on a balcony with his phone in his hand.
Police reports indicated that officers could smell alcohol on Maxwell, but just as Maxwell is taken into custody, officers begin discussing protocol for entering his apartment, and then you hear:
"Want me to mute?"
From there, it was silence on one of the body cameras for the next 23 minutes. On another camera, silence for several minutes. When Maxwell asks why so many officers are on scene, another camera went silent.
After a long expletive-laced tirade, Maxwell is told he's being arrested and is placed in the back of a squad car.
Scottsdale Police officials say at the time, officers could mute the cameras if they're discussing the case. However, that protocol has now changed and the mute buttons are disabled.
The body cam gave us a peek inside Maxwell's state of mind, clearly on edge by what he called "death threats from white people" because he took a knee during the national anthem.
Maxwell's mother is white, his father is black and is an army veteran.