For the second time in less than a month, video has surfaced showing the Petersburg police in Virginia attacking a citizen for video recording them in public.
Not many details are available at the moment because News 12 has been hyping and teasing the story all day on Facebook, promising to deliver the full details in tonight’s 11 p.m. broadcast.
But they did post two video clips; the first one showing a cop walking up to a man’s front porch and taking his camera, the second one showing the cops attacking the man.
Adam “Ademo Freeman” Mueller
Even in the “Live Free or Die” state, holding public officials accountable can land you in a cage.
Cop Block co-founder Ademo Freeman — whose given name is Adam Mueller — took a plea deal last week in Manchester, New Hampshire in a retrial relating to wiretapping charges from a 2011 incident, where he recorded telephone conversations he had with three public employees regarding an altercation between a student and a school resource officer.
A New Jersey man who video recorded a mob of cops beating a woman on the Fourth of July was attacked and beaten himself by those same cops, only for another citizen to video record that arrest.
Trenton police managed to delete the footage from the first camera – as they’ve done in the past with other citizens – but didn’t manage to delete the footage from the second camera.
But only because they were too busy beating the first man to even notice he was recording.
Now that more and more citizens are standing up for their legal rights to record in public, more and more public officials are resorting to unwritten policies to prevent people from recording.
And when that doesn’t persuade people to stop recording, they resort to unlawful trespass orders.
A Massachusetts State Trooper investigating a traffic accident ordered a passing car to stop, then reached through the window in an attempt to swipe the passenger’s phone because the man was video recording.
“Why are you taking pictures?” the cop asks. “Why are you taking pictures?”