A Utah lawmaker dropped a flurry of f-bombs whereas threatening cops who busted his convicted-burglar son — even after getting particular entry to see the legitimate warrant behind the arrest.
Lengthy-time San Juan County Commissioner Bruce Adams was caught on bodycam footage obtained by KUTV raging at deputies as he arrived to select up a automotive after his son had been pulled over and arrested the day after Thanksgiving.
As quickly as he arrived, Adams went as much as officers and “said that he needed to see the ‘mom f—ing warrant straight away,” Deputy Wyatt Holyoak wrote in a police report shared by the outlet.
“I informed [Adams] I couldn’t present him private returns on my pc,” the deputy wrote.
However the commissioner “replied that I higher present him the God rattling warrant straight away,” the officer wrote.
“It appeared to me that [Adams] was making an attempt to make use of his affect as a County Commissioner to intimidate me into exhibiting him info that I used to be not permitted to do,” the officer wrote.
Conscious of the raging official’s highly effective place, the deputy known as his boss and received particular permission to indicate him the warrant on his pc to “assist de-escalate the scenario,” the report stated.
Adams continued arguing, the bodycam exhibits, angrily telling the deputy: “I need you to show him free.”
He then threatened authorized motion after the deputy stated he couldn’t free Adams’ son, Kenneth Adams, due to the legitimate warrant he’d simply proven him.
“Would you like me to sue the son-of-a-b—— county sheriff as a result of he arrested my child on a false warrant?” Adams stated, with the officer reminding him that “the warrant’s proper there.”
Adams left — however then continued his complaints in a cellphone name to the sheriff’s workplace lead investigator, Alan Freestone, who known as a court docket clerk at dwelling to substantiate that the warrant was legitimate.
Three days later, then-Sheriff Jason Torgerson and Freestone met with Adams in his Salt Lake Metropolis workplace to lift their considerations at his “lack of professionalism,” KUTV stated.
Adams as a substitute accused Deputy Holyoak of mendacity to him, however refused to look at the bodycam footage that the sheriff’s officers stated would show “that was not true,” the paperwork stated.
Nevertheless, Adams now admits his habits was inappropriate.
“It’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing for me to behave that means,” he informed KUTV final Thursday, two months after the incident.
“I really feel dangerous that I did that. However I used to be emotional,” he stated.
“For my part, I used to be performing as a father,” he stated, whereas conceding now that he “completely” ought to at all times act because the commissioner that he’s.
He additionally maintained that on the time he believed his son’s warrant — linked to a housebreaking and theft case from 2020, by which he had pleaded responsible and entered right into a plea in abeyance — was invalid.
Nevertheless, officers repeatedly informed him that it was energetic as a result of his son was lacking a number of paperwork associated to required programs for his probation.
Kenneth Adams, who received out of jail quickly after the arrest, turned within the lacking paperwork required and the warrant was dropped, KUTV famous.
Kenneth — who was seen calling the warrant “a joke” when he was pulled over and arrested — additionally told the outlet that he believed his probation had been all so as on the time.
“I used to be in compliance with every part I used to be speculated to be in compliance with,” he stated.
“I believe my dad was simply past annoyed,” Kenneth informed KUTV of the caught-on-camera confrontation.
He additionally stated it was “completely ridiculous” to counsel his dad had tried to make use of his affect to intimidate the officer.
“My dad takes his workplace very significantly, dude. Like, very significantly,” he stated.