Cops in Connecticut detained a man for video recording a police department from a public street, telling him that made his suspicious, which is why they needed to see his identification.
But the man pointed out that he had not committed a crime, so therefore he wasn’t required to produce identification.
However, Middletown police officer Peck insisted he somehow had enough reasonable suspicion that he was up to no good.
“You’re a suspicious party right now, wandering around, filming a city building,” Peck told the man, who goes by the Youtube username of Bagelmanb.
Another officer arrived and told the man that the reason they were detaining him was because of a recent incident in Meridan, Connecticut where somebody fired shots at the police department.
A news article about that incident doesn’t indicate those gunshots were preceded by a man with a camera, so it was still a stretch to detain him on that logic.
The man with the camera began shaking, which is not uncommon when facing the threat of arrest or physical abuse for simply standing up for your rights, so they kept asking if he had some type of medical condition that caused him to shake – as if they were oblivious to their own intimidation tactics.
A third officer eventually joined in the intimidation before they gave up and walked away without ever seeing his identification.
But they ended up citing his brother for having a bicycle on the sidewalk, as he explains in the Youtube description below.
This is a film of my encounter with the Middletown CT Police Department on June 5th, 2013. In the 10 minutes before this video begins, I was filming police entering and exiting the MPD building, then filming their rear parking lot. All filming was done from on the public sidewalk, and I did not enter the building or the parking lot.This video begins as I was walking back to the front of the building. As I was passing the side entrance, officer Peck exited the building so I started filming him.
Officer Peck illegally detained me without Reasonable Articulable Suspicion that I had committed or would commit a crime, as required by the Constitution (See: Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968)). Officer Peck then lied to me and told me that filming the police department building and parking lot was a crime.
Eventually the officers gave up on detaining me since I was doing nothing wrong. Immediately after this film ended, my brother happened to ride up on his bike, and I started talking to him, telling him what had just happened. After I left, the MPD retaliated against my brother for associating with me, and wrote him a $90 citation for riding his bike on the sidewalk.
The officers that were involved in this illegal detention are:
Officer Peck, Badge #7099
Officer Schreiner, Badge #8666
Officer Maturo, Refused to provide Badge #
I do not know what officers detained my brother as I was not present for that encounter.
To complain about these officers’ violation of 4th Amendment rights, please contact the Middletown Police Department: