A video has surfaced on Youtube showing a group of Shreveport police officers manhandling a Ron Paul supporter at the Republican State Convention in Louisiana Saturday until he falls down and demands medical assistance.
The man’s name is listed as Alex Helwig in the video but a PINAC reader from Louisiana sent the following, correcting this information.
The man in the video is Henry Herford, Jr. He recently had hip replacement surgery and informed the police officers he was handicapped. Witnesses heard his hip dislocation. Officers are smiling at 5:05 in the video.
There are 2 videos … you do have the most despicable one though. Thanks for posting.
The scene last for several minutes until an officer walks up to the videographer at around 5:50 and demands his camera as “evidence.”
The videographer refused to give it up, but turned the camera off.
The officer apparently is named David Bonillas, according to a PINAC reader who tipped me off to the story on Facebook.
Bonillas is obviously unaware that he is not allowed to seize a camera as evidence without a subpoena unless it is under “exigent circumstances” such as a murder where there is a strong chance the footage will be deleted.
According to recent guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Justice:
Policies on individuals’ right to record and observe police should provide officers with clear guidance on the limited circumstances under which it may be permissible to seize recordings and recording devices. An officer’s response to an individual’s recording often implicates both the First and Fourth Amendment, so it’s particularly important that a general order is consistent with basic search and seizure principles. A general order should provide officers with guidance on how to lawfully seek an individual’s consent to review photographs or recordings and the types of circumstances that do—and do not—provide exigent circumstances to seize recording devices, the permissible length of such a seizure, and the prohibition against warrantless searches once a device has been seized. Moreover, this guidance must reflect the special protection afforded to First Amendment materials.
The Shreveport Police Department has a long range of contacts in case anybody wants to share their feelings about this incident with them. If you want to call Chief Willie L. Shaw, pictured below, dial (318) 673-6900.
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