I was going to keep walking but he ordered me to stop, so I switched the iPhone camera from still to video mode.
The cop demanded to know where I worked at, but I asked him what difference did that make.
Then he pulled out his own camera to photograph me, which was cool with me.
Then I told him I was “Carlos Miller” as if that’s supposed to mean something but I might as well have told him I was Joe Blow.
I really didn’t expect him to know who I was, but I do like to identify myself and let cops know the name of my blog so they get an idea of what I’m trying to prove.
The cop realized it was a stupid conversation and decided to go back to making his arrest and I went on my way.
The point of posting this video is to show that cops have a natural instinct to try and intimidate you for taking their photo, even though they know you have the right.
It’s also to emphasize the importance of switching on your video camera when confronted by a cop.
This guy was cool. He didn’t escalate the situation like many other cops would have.
But many citizens would have been apologetic for taking the photo once they realized it bothered him.
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CARLOS MILLER’S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.
My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.
So if you would like to contribute, please click on the “donate” button below and contribute whatever you can afford.
Also, in an unrelated PINAC matter, I recently went through a hair transplant operation and I’m documenting my recovery on this blog if you are interested. I did not pay for this transplant, which is why I’m promoting the doctor through the hair transplant blog.