A Washington D.C. pedicab driver was arrested after he pretended to video record police arresting one of his fellow pedicab drivers last month.
Meanwhile, a third pedicab driver who was video recording the pseudographer’s arrest was not arrested.
However, that videographer is refusing to make the video public.
But he did provide screen shots of the arrest to a Washington D.C. news site, showing two Park Police officers kneeling over pedicab driver Oskar Mosco, who is laying facedown on the grass with his hands cuffed behind him.
Mosco, who was interviewed by TBD about the incident, said he only pretended to record because he was clueless how to actually operate it.
Mosco initially wasn’t even involved in the scuffle with Park Police. He received a call about trouble with one of his colleagues. He arrived and pretended to videotape the proceedings with a new video camera, which he couldn’t, in truth, even operate yet. Later on Facebook he recounted this exchange, not captured in his colleague’s video clip:
“Put your camera away.”
“I don’t have to put my camera away.”
“Put your hands behind your back.”
Pedicab driver Daniel Blackman, who video recorded the arrest, did not explain why he doesn’t want to publicize the video.
But he did allow TBD to view it, which described it below:
“You all right, man?” a Park Police officer asks Mosco. After moments of semi-conscious writhing, the operator has begun to sit up. “It was very clear. You disobeyed every order I gave you and then you resisted arrest.”
Mosco attempts to ask what orders he disobeyed.
“We are no longer discussing this,” the Park Police officer tells him. “You are under arrest.”
The two officers pull Mosco to his feet and escort him to a police car, in which a second pedicab operator sits, as Mosco shouts that he was arrested for videotaping the police. “You should not get arrested for videotaping a police officer!” Mosco yelled to onlookers in front of the Natural History Museum. “This is a free country, not a police state!”
He received some laughs as well as looks of sympathy. One person remarked it was a shame. Another questioned the forced used against the operator. Blackwell, the pedicab operator videotaping this arrest (who asked not to reveal the clip but showed it to me), said that Mosco “hasn’t done anything wrong” as he watches the arrest happen. “We’re all here just trying to make a living. We are a green mode of transportation.”
Meanwhile in another pedicab incident in Colorado, a cop is under investigation after he was caught on camera shoving a man he believed was standing too close.
Fort Collins police had responded to an incident where three male friends hopped on a two-man pedicab after drinking at a bar, forcing it to flip over and break a reflector light.
One of the officers appears to be having a civil conversation with one of the men, Matt Hefferon, when he suddenly shoves him, yelling “step back.”
That prompted a second officer to handcuff Hefferon while telling him to “stop resisting,” which seems to be the norm with all officers whether the suspect is resisting or not.
In fairness, Hefferon did take a few steps away from the arresting officer, which was probably just a natural reaction when realizing he was getting arrested for no reason.
The cops at least didn’t tell the videographer, Joshua Michael Cullip, to stop recording, but one of them demands his identification, which they apparently had already seen.
Hefferon, Cullip and Jarvis Gullet, the third man who hopped on the pedicab, were cited for either interference, obstruction and/or criminal mischief.
Fort Collins Police Chief John Hutto said the video “raises questions” about the shoving incident but Hefferon should be thankful it wasn’t worst.
While Police Chief John Hutto said he can’t yet talk publicly about the March 25 incident caught on video, he said he is comfortable with what he called a “pretty remarkably low” level of force being used by his officers. Hutto has launched an internal investigation of the video showing officer Dan Calahan shoving Matt Hefferan, who then was cited for criminal mischief and obstructing in connection with the incident.
“I think our officers are very restrained and use force appropriately,” Hutto said.
Hutto said the video “raises questions” about the interaction between Calahan and Hefferan. But he said the vast majority of interactions between police and the public are peaceful. He said those interactions rarely get attention.
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