A Florida police chief arrested a man for video recording one of his officers tasing a handcuffed man in a parking lot.
The man was charged with interference, even though he was standing behind a car well away from the actual incident.
The incident took place a few months ago in Waldo, a tiny town in north Florida known as one of the worst speed traps in the country.
The name of the chief who made the arrest is Mike Szabo (jagged Photoshop job courtesty of the Waldo Police Department).
I don’t have many details on it except it came to my attention today from PINAC reader Jeffrey Gray, aka HONORYOUROATH, who said he first viewed it a few months ago, before it was quickly pulled from Youtube.
It surfaced again on PittsburghCopWatch last month where it has received less than 1,000 views as of this writing.
Gray explained in an email that he has had his own run-in with Szabo over video recording cops in public.
In my run in with Szabo I was filming the Waldo Police for a video I was working on. Szabo was called to the scene and when he arrived he tried to intimidate me about trespassing on private property. Of course the property was not Szabo’s so he had no authority to order me off said property. Furthermore, Szabo did not know I had already obtained permission from the property owner to be there.
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