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I've been watching the video, just paused it at 2:00 since you wanted my opinion. So far, he was recording the officer doing a traffic stop. Not beating anyone, not yelling, nothing more then traffic enforcement.
So the "taskforce" guys show up. They ask for his ID. He refuses. They DON'T demand or detain him. They ask him to stand away from to officer doing the stop so he is not behind him. They DID NOT yell, grab him, shoot him or anything else. They asked him to step away to a different area. DID NOT even ask him to stop recording. They then leave him alone and walk away. The guy then walks back to where they ASKED him to leave. He then proceeds to explain he wants to stand there and that he can.
I know you won't see what I'm trying to say.... but he was instigating. He could have walked to the front of the car, he could have walked completely away and used ZOOM. He decided he wanted to make a statement and reengage the officers. I'll keep watching now.
Here's where people get it mixed up. SHOULD they have locked him up for trespassing and interfering? Maybe not. COULD they, legally? I bet. The guy was given many chances to leave, he didn't. The police didn't even TALK to him. He kept engaging them over and over again.
When you go to Starbucks, if you piss the lady off making your coffee, she spits in it. When you piss off the paperboy, he wrecks your paper. When you piss police off, they tend to follow the EXACT letter of the law and not give you breaks or chances.
The saddest part is this is EXACTLY what the guy wanted. Not sure why he is upset, he got exactly what he wanted. He was begging for the police to do something. In fact, I'd bet he was mad they didn't do something worse or something actually illegal.
Only thing worse then bashing is baiting then bashing.
Last edited by onus; 11-05-2013 at 01:39 AM.
A cop's discretion is handy to have until you piss off a cop then suddenly there is no cop discretion.....odd.
Anyway, filming cops doing their job is not a field of employment I will recommend to my kids. These "professional" cop watchers are not any different than tabloid paparazzi. They intentionally insert themselves into situations that enable less than stellar professionals to let their "slip" show. Cops who are professional can not, by definition, be baited into violating the law, because they are professionals. use their cop discretion a observe and do nothing until something is required under the law.
I won't trust a cop as far as I can toss one, yet this will not prevent me from extending kudos when they are deserved. A cop's boss need to know when his cops are meeting the citizenry's expectations and my expectations are likely higher than my fellow citizen's expectations.