Columbus officials are investigating a police officer’s conduct during a traffic stop in August and whether it violated departmental policy – including whether it constituted racial profiling.
Body camera footage The Dispatch obtained via an Open Records Act request shows officer Keith Dowd, a white, recently hired 48-year-old veteran officer, unleash a series of insults and accusations at a black male, who looks to be in his early 20s.
As of right now, though, Dowd is still on active duty, completing his most recent shift on Monday.
Dowd pulled over the man for allegedly speeding just before 3 p.m. Aug. 18 near the intersection of Airline Road and Eastwood Drive in east Columbus. Footage of the nearly 13-minute traffic stop shows the officer approaching the car and claiming the man was driving twice the speed limit, though city officials confirmed Dowd’s patrol unit isn’t equipped with radar to detect speed.
From that point, Dowd in a raised voice bombarded the driver with accusations, twice saying he was “driving like an idiot,” accusing him multiple times of lying and “smoking weed,” and threatening to impound the car the man was driving.
Throughout the video, the driver never raises his voice to the officer, often replying to Dowd’s questions with “Yes sir” and “No sir.” He keeps his hands visible and tells Dowd he has never before been stopped and isn’t trying to cause trouble. At no time in the video does the driver threaten the officer.
At one point, the officer told the driver if he didn’t stop moving his hands, he “could empty the magazine (of his service pistol) into the car.”
Ultimately, Dowd did not ticket the driver, instead issuing him a warning.
The officer did not search the vehicle for marijuana or find any during the