'Ask, tell, take': Video shows Rev. Bullock's arrest
A YouTube page purporting to be that of the city of Highland Park has uploaded the body camera and dashcam footage from the Rev. David Bullock's late June arrest after an assault outside of his church.
The 17:18 minute video was uploaded Tuesday, but Highland Park spokeswoman Marli Blackman said the city didn't, and wouldn't, upload such a video, while the investigations into the officer who made the arrest, Detective Keath Bartynski, and the legal case against Bullock are ongoing.
Bullock said he found it "highly irregular" that the video — which is not all the video recorded that day, omitting any video taken inside the police station and from other officers' dash cameras and body cameras — was uploaded, given that "discovery has not been concluded" in the case.
Police responded to the 300 block of La Belle and Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church on June 24 on reports that a woman was breaking people's car windows. They arrived to learn that the woman also was accused of assaulting a 13-year-old girl visiting from Virginia.
The video starts with Bartynski being greeted by Bullock, who asks: "What are you guys going to do with her?"
Bartynski says he just arrived at scene. Bullock tells him the suspect "might be mentally challenged," and points him in the direction of the victim and her family.
"We're not in the business of fixing mental problems," Bartynski says. "We're here to uphold the law."
The detective then spoke to the victim and her family, and Bullock is close by. The victim describes being assaulted, and gives her name and date of birth, which are redacted from the video. The victim's face is blurred in the video.
When Bartynski asks the victim's address, Bullock asks "What's this all for?"
"What's all what for?" Bartynski responds.
"This information?" Bullock says.
"Are you serious?" the officer asks.
"I'm asking," the reverend says.
Bartynski then tells Bullock he is "interfering with the investigation" and asks him to step aside, and warns he will be arrested if he does not.
About 30 seconds later, at 4:15, Bartynski says: "I need you to step back. You keep arresting, and you're going to jail," as he pushes Bullock across the street.
The family then says they don't want to press charges.
Bartynski says he still has to do his report and says of the suspect that "she's getting charges pressed against her."
Bullock then appears again near the victim interview, and Bartynski says: "Cuff him."
Bullock is cuffed and placed into the back of a police SUV. That, as an officer would explain later, was the last step in the "ask, tell, take" process: Ask the person to comply, once. Then tell them to comply. If they do not, take them to jail.
Eight minutes in, Bullock tells those listening to call the mayor, call news outlets, "call everybody."
"If 'yall let this car leave, I ain't coming back," Bullock said, about 10 minutes in.
Bartynski was placed on administrative leave after the incident. He has been back at work since July 16, said Blackman.
Bullock called the ordeal "unfortunate" and believes that race played a role in how he was treated.
"It's unfortunate, but blacks don't get the benefit of the doubt. I don't think you'd see a Catholic priest, or a Jewish rabbi or an Episcopal rector — I don't think you'd see any of my Caucasian counterparts — be arrested. I believe they'd be recognized and respected as the leader of their congregations."
Bullock said "your guess is as good as mine" as to who would've published the video, but had certainty as to why it was published: "That's someone trying to attack my base, separate me from my base."