“That’s not how you conduct yourself when you interact with the police,” Stanford said. "Looking at the tape, the officers are extremely poised and treat him with a tremendous amount of restraint."
But Soto isn’t excited about being internet-famous. The video has earned him a lot of anger from police officers, he said, including some in other states.
“The backlash behind the video going viral is, from the police, all types of threats, all different things, they’re trying to assassinate my character,” he said.
This hurts Soto, who said he counts many police officers as friends.
“The video is just to show what gets overlooked, what happens on a daily basis — these police officers are stopping people for no reason,” said Soto, who has filed a complaint with the Police Advisory Commission.
Soto also expressed gratitude that the officer who speaks to him in the video was “professional.”
“I commend him for being professional, but not for his other actions. His other actions were completely out of line,” Soto said.
“I just wanted to show people this is actually real. This happens. We as a people need to do something about it.”
Correction: Soto was previously identified as a volunteer firefighter. He has declined to specify the nature of where he volunteers and as this information cannot be verified it has been removed from this article.