A former California police officer faces charges after allegedly threatening to “shoot” an 11-year-old boy in the head for a door prank, authorities said.
Dean Taylor, who was an officer in the San Francisco Police Department, was taken into custody at his San Rafael home on charges of kidnapping and death threats.
The incident began on February 12 when a group of young people rang the doorbell in the neighborhood and then fled before the resident could answer.
The 11-year-old boy told police Taylor confronted them, got into his car and pursued the group, according to a police press release. At one point, Taylor allegedly blocked the boy’s path with his car, he told authorities.
“The suspect got out of his vehicle, started yelling at the victim, grabbed him by the neck and forced him to the ground,” police said. “The victim said when he got to his feet he was pushed into the suspect’s vehicle.”
A person in the area witnessed the incident and called the police.
Authorities said the boy said Taylor threatened to “shoot him in the head” if he repeated the door prank at home. Taylor then dropped the boy off on a street.
The boy said he ran to his parents and told them what had happened. Police said the child’s neck was red from where he was allegedly caught but did not need medical attention.
Police spoke to Taylor, who said the group rang the doorbell four times and “he was fed up,” the press release said. He said after his bell was struck again, he chased the group but denied grabbing the boy around the neck or threatening him.
Anthony Brass, an attorney for Taylor, said the youth group had repeatedly pranked the neighborhood and that on the night of the incident his client was trying to rest after surgery.
Brass said Taylor’s intention was to take the boy to his parents to tell them about the prank. When the boy requested to be dropped off, Taylor let the boy get out of the car, the lawyer said.
Taylor is scheduled to appear in court on March 29. Brass said he was trying to get the charges dropped.