Fired officer Bethany Guerriero from “Clumsy Cop” tells her side of the story

WEST PALM BEACH — Twelve seconds were all it took to end Bethany Guerriero’s 20-year career in law enforcement. She held an unarmed man at gunpoint for so long, and the arrest was captured in a viral video titled “Innocent Man Arrested by Unhinged Cop.”

Despite being the target of ruthless online hate and despite being fired from the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, Guerriero maintains she did the right thing. In court papers made public this month, Guerriero said she believed Ryan Gould – the man she arrested and who later set out to end her career – was a potential danger to himself and others.

“As you sit here today, do you feel that your conduct warranted an internal affairs investigation?” Gould’s attorney, Eric Rice, asked Guerriero.

“She did not tell.

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Gould is suing Guerriero over what his lawyers say was an unlawful arrest and excessive use of force. He called 911 on May 9, 2023, to report a neighbor threatening him with a gun, but suddenly found himself staring down the barrel of Guerriero’s issued gun.

Guerriero’s colleagues and thousands of viewers online are speculating why the officer acted the way she did. A transcript of Guerriero’s three-and-a-half-hour testimony with Rice provides the first explanation in her own words.