PINAC reader Jeff Gray once again shows us how to deal with law enforcement officers who don’t like to be video recorded.
The Florida resident, who was arrested in April, was driving in Jacksonville when he came upon a speed trap, so he started flashing his high beams to warn other drivers.
That, of course, got him pulled over, even though he had his cruise control set to 70 mph, which is the speed limit in that area.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s deputy Ernesto Valerio asked for his license, then ordered him to put the camera down at about four minutes into the video.
Gray refused to put the camera down, prompting a power play exchange between himself and Valerio.
“Am I being detained or am I free to go?” Gray asks.
“You’re free to go,” Valerio responds, but still holding onto Gray’s license.
When Gray makes it clear that he is not going to stop recording, Valerio walks away with his license, leaving Gray sitting there for another five minutes.
“I just remembered about something else, so I need to check one more thing, so whenever you want to leave, you let me know,” Valerio said before walking away.
Finally he returns and hands him back his license, allowing Gray to drive away.
The video shows us the techniques police use to intimidate citizens from recording them, which reminded me of an exchange I had with a plainclothes cop from the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Homeland Security Bureau back in 2010 who was checking to see if I was on the terrorist watch list because I dared take pictures of a train.
That incident begins at four minutes in this video.
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