RAYMORE, Mo. (WDAF) — A video of a senior couple held at gunpoint by Raymore, Missouri, police is going viral with nearly 200,000 views on TikTok.
Now multiple police departments are saying it was all a misunderstanding.
“I just started praying. I was scared to death holding my dog,” said Jewel Wilson, who was the passenger while her husband, John Wilson, drove.
An encounter with police they never thought was possible.
“All of sudden there is a bunch of guns on me, and they told me to get out of the truck,” said John Wilson.
But they were thrust in when they were pulled over and immediately held at gunpoint by Raymore police.
“My heart started racing, and I felt like he was going to jump out of my chest,” said Jewel Wilson.
The Wilsons headed to get their son’s car registered, but there was just one issue. The car was stolen just days before. Police found the vehicle and arrested the suspects, but Raytown authorities failed to take the car off the stolen car registry.
So, Raymore police officers approached the stop as a felony traffic stop. But the Wilson’s say this should have never reached this point.
“I’m definitely not a threat, and my husband shouldn’t have been thought of as a threat, and as soon as they saw that, then I think their reaction should change,” said Jewel Wilson.
A sentiment shared by her son Joshua Wilson.
“They failed to use discretion and then unlawfully imprisoned beyond the time once they figured out there was no issue,” Joshua Wilson said.
Raymore police told WDAF-TV they acted not only within their protocols, but none of their officers will be disciplined.
As for the Wilson’s son, Joshua, who is an attorney, he says whenever stopped by police, always stay calm and record.
“If this video didn’t exist, then we wouldn’t know about this, and the story of my parents would be just between them,” Joshua said.
The Raytown police apologized to the family, when WDAF-TV talked with the Chief of the Raymore Police Department, he said he would reach out.