The problem is, there doesn’t seem to be any IQ requirements to become a police officer.
Everyday we read stories at how police officers believe photographers are out to commit terrorist acts because they happen to be taking pictures of something or another. These officers are under the impression that the bigger the lens, the deadlier the terrorist.
While it may be true that most cops don’t believe that a digital SLR or video camera has the capability of destroying a building, enough of them do to really make this a problem for law-abiding citizens.
The latest example comes to us from the United Kingdom where a dimwitted officer harasses an Italian art student named Simona Bonomo who was blatantly filming buildings in London last month. You know, the way terrorists tend to do.
The exchange is recorded on the student’s camera, which is posted in The Guardian (a newspaper that does not believe in embedding videos to promote viewership).
He demands to know why she was filming and she tells him she is filming for fun.
“You’re basically filming for fun? I don’t believe you,” he tells her.
He asks if he can take a look at what she is filming and she says no.
He then becomes concerned because her filming could lead to terrorism, he tells her.
He then asks her for ID and she refuses to give him one, telling him she doesn’t believe he has the right to ask her for ID because she hasn’t done anything wrong.
The cop suddenly whips out his ticket book and tells her he is going to cite her for riding her bike down a one-way street earlier that day, something he had not mentioned until she displayed her contempt-of-cop attitude.
The student is finally arrested by a group of other officers, one of them who plants his knee on her back, according to witnesses who describe the incident in the video.
She is jailed for five hours and ordered to pay a fine of £80 (about $130).
She was charged with causing “harassment, alarm and distress” in public which apparently is their version of disorderly conduct.