John Nix pulled out his cell phone after spotting what he thought was a gang of thugs mugging a man in the parking lot of a North Carolina shopping mall last week.
The former city council candidate ended up in jail after the men who were in street clothes turned out to be cops arresting a suspected shoplifter.
They thought he was taking their picture.
According to the Kinston Free Press:
Nix said one man quickly walked up to him, showed a police badge, and asked: “Can I help you?”
He told the officer he could not help him, but wanted to find out what was happening.
The officer told him to “back up.”
“I didn’t even have time to respond,” Nix recalled. “He had me flipped around and in handcuffs, and was going through my pockets.”
He said the officer accused him of trying to use his phone to take pictures of the takedown of the individual, who was a suspected shoplifter.
Nix, who is facing one count of resisting a police officer, said he wasn’t even trying to take pictures, but dial 911.
Not that it should matter.
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