In what is probably the most educating 30 seconds you will spend today, a man drives by an accident scene in Kentucky with his camera recording, only to be ordered to turn his camera off.
The driver immediately tells him, “no, fuck you,” and keeps driving.
The video was posted today on Live Leak with the following description:
I was on my way home from work and saw a pickup upside down and decided to film it as we passed. No one was hurt in this accident. Right to film in public and freedom of speech are both used in this video lol.
While it’s not the most courteous response, it’s even more discourteous to use a position of authority to bark an unlawful order.
Profanity, just like photography, is protected under the First Amendment.
The man in the video is a contrast to our very own, HONORYOUROATH, who never fails to stand up for his rights while remaining courteous.
But that courtesy still didn’t prevent him from getting arrested last year.
His charges were dismissed in that arrest and he has posted numerous other videos in which he did not get arrested, including his most recent one below where he paid a visit to the Jacksonville FBI office and began recording outside from a public sidewalk.
Whether we remain courteous or not, there is no question that we, as citizens, are in an all-out war with authorities over our Constitutional rights.
And it’s crucial that we stand up for them in the way we know how, even if it might turn some people off as I’m sure the guy in the first video does.
The authorities have proven that they have no reservations about violating our rights. Some are polite about it. Some are aggressive about it. And some are downright violent about it.
But their goal remains the same; to use their authority to make us bow down to some non-existing law.
That is why it’s so important that we learn, understand and assert our right to record in public.
Because without that, we have no evidence to prove the other violations they infringe upon us.
Earlier this week, a video emerged showing a man asserting his rights to open carry his gun. I’m not even sure what state it took place (I’m sure that question will quickly be answered), but he knew the laws in that state and was not afraid to stand up for his rights.
Had he not be recording, not only would the cop had the opportunity to create a false scenario in order to arrest him, we would never have been provided the chance to see a citizen asserting his rights over something as controversial as carrying a gun in public.
We would not have been provided the chance to learn a lesson in basic Constitutional law.
Another video that was posted this week consisted of several clips of people recording themselves at Border Patrol checkpoints (many which have been posted on PINAC over the years ), refusing to submit to basic interrogative questions, only to be allowed to go on their way.
These videos are another indicator that more and more people are learning their fundamental rights despite the fact that the mainstream media, politicians and police would rather we not.
The first lesson in joining this movement is simple; carry a camera with you at all times and don’t be afraid to use it.