I have reviewed the video and believe that the officers overstepped their authority. The detention exceeded the duration to conduct a 12031(e) inspection. By searching the serial numbers without any probable cause, I believe they violated the 4th amendment. The officer also violated the 1st amendment by forcefully deactivating the video camera against the detainees wishes. It is unclear as to whether or not the officers drew their weapons- but if they did, this would be a misuse of force.
There is no doubt that there should be a complaint made, but not before the detainees have consulted an attorney and a PRA for all the pertinent records has been filed, and the requested records have been reviewed.
How long must Californians endure this treatment? About as long as it takes to educate each and every peace officer under a badge- this means utilizing a strategy that is not harmful to the overall cause and seeking legal help that is capable of delivering results. This includes not getting into a shouting match with a detaining officer. And this means that every open carrier must be the public face of the movement- an ambassador who can show everyone their diplomacy and calm, reasoned demeanor. While the actions of the officers are inexcusable, I find it difficult to be completely supportive of the open carriers from the video, because he failed to de-escalate the confrontation by exercising the 5th amendment and simply collect evidence that legal counsel can use to slap the police department silly.
I also do not support the funding of legal remedies whose time has not yet ripened and particularly by unproven attorners who are keen on forging ahead without consideration of the greater game plan.