May 14, 2018

Action Alert:
Tell Buena Park Police to Fire Gun-Brandishing Officer

Update: Buena Park Police Chief  Corey Sianez said he was angry about the brandishing of a firearm against Jose Arreola and added, “I can definitely assure you that our investigation will be thorough. If the officer is found to be in violation of any policies and procedures, he will be held accountable.” It’s unclear what the result of that investigation was.

On the evening of March 16, 2018, Jose Arreola and his wife, Jacqueline were driving to a club when they decided to pull into a Chevron Food Mart on Beach Boulevard in Buena Park, California to use the ATM. Jacqueline waited in the car, but asked her husband to head into the convenience store buy her a pack of Mentos mints.

Jose Arreola was shocked when a plain-clothes officer drew a gun on him for no reason.

Jose had just purchased the mints and paid for them when a plain-clothes officer with the Buena Park police department behind him suddenly brandished his handgun. “Put that back” the officer ordered Jose, pointing the gun low but in his direction.

Jose was shocked, and did as he was told. After the officer confirmed multiple times with the cashier that Jose had paid $1.19 for the Mentos, he was allowed to take his item and leave the store.

The story did not become public until May 4, when it was reported in the Orange County Register. It was only at that point the Buena Park police department acknowledged the incident happened. No action has been taken against the officer to date.

Please contact Buena Park Police Department Chief Corey Sianez through one of the channels listed below and give him the following message (personalized to your liking):

I am contacting you to request that you fire the officer who brandished a handgun at Jose Arreola on the evening of March 16, 2018 at the Chevron Food Mart on Beach Boulevard. I was horrified watching the video of this incident. Mr. Arreola did absolutely nothing to cause this officer to brandish his handgun. And while the gun might not have been pointed at Mr. Arreola’s torso, it was certainly pointed in his direction. A misfire and ricochet could have killed/injured Mr. Arreola or the cashier behind him. There is no excuse for this kind of conduct from a trained law enforcement officer. Please fire this officer immediately and demonstrate that the Buena Park Police Department is more concerned about public safety than protecting negligent cops. Thank you.

Buena Park Police Chief Corey Sianez
Phone: (714) 562-3910

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