Alton Robinson’s lawyer at first did not want to release the videos that showed his client getting arrested for recording cops.
Thankfully, he came to his senses.
The videos leave no doubt that Robinson acted professionally and more importantly, legally, when he was arrested. There was no reason not to disclose them to the public.
The two officers who arrested Robinson were clearly out of line, at first lying to Robinson about needing permission to record them, then accusing him of creating a disturbance when he stood up for his rights.
Now that the video has been released, we can begin to expose Sgt. Phillip Dixon and Officer DeAndre Hyman for the liars that they are.
Dixon, pictured above, was especially adamant about not appearing on Facebook, so I did him the courtesy of creating a Facebook page in his honor. Let me know if you want to be added as an administrator.
Dixon’s face will be sure to make the rounds on the internet. Especially after a columnist for the local newspaper, The Virginian-Pilot, penned the following about the incident:
Why lament this lack of civic education now? Because some law enforcement types – from the TSA to local cops – have been inventing a “right” for themselves: The right not to be filmed while performing their duties.
Sorry, officers. That isn’t how it works. If you’re camera-shy, don’t apply for a job that involves a badge and a uniform. These days, everyone with a cellphone is also an amateur film director.
There are three more videos below from the incident. Robinson, who has been documenting and criticizing cops for years, shows he’s a true pro in handling these situations. He should have no problem winning his lawsuit.