A high school senior and his friends had never had a gun pulled on them before. The threat came not from a mugger, but a man with a badge.
There are all kinds of crazy videos on the Internet depicting what happens at a McDonald’s drive-thru window – usually to the employees. But there’s a reason this episode from April 2013 is certifiable…
Furthermore, here is an update on what ended up happening to the officer.
It was surveillance video from an Atlanta, Georgia McDonald’s that caught the outburst of off-duty Detective Sgt. Scott Biumi, age 48. Frustrated with the delay in service he took it out on Ryan Mash and his friends in the front of the line, irrationally accusing Mash of the delay.
The video clearly shows Biumi pushing Mash against his seat and jamming a hand gun near his throat. Biumi quickly sped off and may have escaped identification and scrutiny, except Mash and his friends got his license plate number.
An Atlanta news company took Mash’s account:
And we were waiting on them to cook the food. And the cop — I didn’t know at first that he was a cop — pulled up behind us and waited about two minutes, two to three minutes…. And he got out and started yelling, yelling at us, ‘Stop holding up the drive-thru line,’ this that and the other. He walked back over to his car, got back in, and I said, ‘Sorry for the inconvenience, Sir.’ And he goes, ‘Who has the loud mouth?’ And I was, like, ‘I said that,’ not being smart or anything. He’s like, ‘Well, you never know who you’re messing with.’ And I was just like, ‘No, Sir, I don’t.’ He goes, ‘Keep your mouth shut.’ I was like, ‘I’m sorry.’ He’s like, ‘Well, you don’t know who you’re messing with. And there’s some crazy people out there.’ And that’s when he pulled the gun on me, and kept on yelling at me for about thirty more seconds. And then walked off.
But the Sheriff’s office incident report quote goes like this:
‘You don’t know who you are [expletive]-ing with,’ and ‘You never know who you are [expletive]-ing with.’
Sheriff Piper of the county that arrested Biumi said:
Terribly disappointing. It’s a betrayal of a trust to the public. We’re expected to handle ourselves correctly in high-stress situations, and it’s very disappointing that an officer would snap like this. It’s a break in judgement that can’t be excused.
Imagine the surprise from the department running those tags. He was arrested by Forsyth County’s (Biumi’s residential county) Sheriff’s department for aggravated assault but released the same day on a $22,000 bond. He was presumed innocent by his DeKalb County’s department – until investigations were complete – that placed him on administrative leave.
Mash, while remaining respectful, felt Biumi, a 26-year law enforcement veteran, should have his badge and gun revoked:
He shouldn’t be serving in our community, because you never know, he could get angry at somebody for speeding, and pull a gun on him
Well if you think, McDonald’s is slow, justice took 9 months to be served for Biumi’s actions. All you need are witnesses, license tags, film footage, public scrutiny and a lengthy investigation.
Since the April 2013 incident, Biumi’s certification was suspended. He pleaded guilty in December 2013, to two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and was sentenced to 10 years probation. His plea agreement requires him to do 120 hours of community service and bars him from ever owning a firearm or working in law enforcement.
Also, he never did get his order of two hamburgers and small fries.