On at least three separate occasions over the last two weeks, deputies in Arizona used intimidation tactics against people filming them; threatening them with arrest and even seizing one man’s camera before deleting his video.
Carlos Galindo, a radio host who describes himself as the “flip side to Rush Limbaugh,” was involved in two of the incidents.
He was not only able to retrieve the deleted video, his wife used a second camera to record the conversation as they were deleting his video, unknowing to the deputies.
The irony is that one deputy tells Galindo that he has about as much intelligence as a rock.
Clearly, they are the idiots.
In the third incident (above video), a pair of activists, including an attorney, were told they were interfering with an investigation when they were filming a traffic stop from across the street.
Galindo says he is already talking to an attorney about pursuing legal action against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which is run by the self-described “America’s toughest sheriff” – Joe Arpaio.
Galindo’s first incident occurred in late August when he pulled up to a community center where about 30 deputies were gathering, preparing for some type of raid. Without stepping out of his car, Galindo began filming, which caused several deputies to surround his car.
While one deputy was ordering him to leave through the passenger window, another deputy had opened the driver’s side door.
“They kept telling me I need to leave, but what am I going to do, drag the deputy with me?” he said during a phone interview with Photography is Not a Crime on Wednesday.
The second incident occurred nine days later at an outdoor market in Phoenix where deputies were investigating the sale of pirated DVDS.
“I was watching them and they were not even serving warrants,” he said.
Deputies threatened him with arrest before taking his camera and deleting the video. He ended up calling the Phoenix Police Department to file a report against the deputy, but by the time they got there, they had already returned the camera to him with the deleted video.
The activists in the above video also called the Phoenix Police Department to report the deputy.
However, the Phoenix Police Department are the ones who raided a blogger a few months ago, so I’m not sure if they will be that helpful.
The incidents involving Galindo are below.