A Virginia man who regularly video records city council meetings with a gun strapped to his waist – which is legal in that state – was carried out of the chambers by police after a council flak accused him of threatening him with that gun.
But Chris Dorsey’s video shows that never happened.
In another case of everybody knowing the rules except the idiots paid to enforce the rules, a man was shooting video outside a California courthouse when a security guard came rushing out, stating that he was not allowed to do so.
The guard informed the videographer that he needed a letter from a presiding judge in order to keep recording.
Charges have been dismissed against the Massachusetts man who was arrested for wiretapping earlier this year after openly recording a cop in public, but that doesn’t mean police will return his phone anytime soon.
It just means they will open a second investigation as to how George Thompson’s footage mysteriously disappeared while the phone was in the evidence room of the Fall River Police Department.
Police are insisting that Thompson deleted his own footage remotely, so they’ve hired an outside company to prove this.
Claiming they are in fear for their lives, Dallas police are asking citizens to stop recording them in public because these actions are “creating a major officer safety issue.”
After all, stressed one officer, it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between law-abiding citizens expressing their First Amendment rights and felonious kidnappers, a confusion that can lead to somebody getting hurt.
Besides, police say, they already have dash cams and body-mounted cams, so there is no need for citizens to record police anyway.
A Miami man spent ten days in jail for recording police arresting his friend, accused of falsifying his name when all he did was refuse to provide his name on the basis that he wasn’t doing anything illegal.
In fact, Lazaro Estrada followed the Miami-Dade police officer’s initial orders to scurry back inside a store because the cop insisted he was in fear for his life, claiming the man he had handcuffed was still armed.
If that was truly the case, then the cop, Michael Valdez, has his own self to blame for putting his life in danger.