Ohio Cops Threaten to Arrest Man for Recording Against Suspects' Wishes


Police are now claiming they are merely trying to protect the privacy of suspects they are arresting when they order citizens not to record them in public.

As if suspects somehow had an expectation of privacy in public.

This apparently is just another ruse to keep people from recording them. Not much different than the “phone could be a gun” routine we’ve seen several times this year.

We saw it earlier this month when an Orange County sheriff’s deputy detained a man recording her, claiming she was trying to protect the man she was arresting.

The latest example comes to us from Goshen, Ohio where a police officer tells a man he doesn’t mind being recorded, but the handcuffed suspects do mind.

“I don’t mind you filming me,” the cop tells Kameron Kolding in the above video.

“But these guys in the back of the cop car would like you not to film them.”

When Kolding points out that they have no expectation of privacy, the cop threatens to cite him for obstruction.

“When I tell you not to do something and you continue to do it, that’s obstruction,” the cop states.

Kolding eventually has to leave to prevent getting arrested.

The cop is obviously familiar with Kolding because of previous incidents in which he was trying to record them in public, only to get cited or threatened, as you can see in the videos below.

Contact the Goshen Police Department:

Goshen Township Police Department

Phone: 513-722-3200

Fax: 513-722-3201

Chief of Police Ray Snyderray.snyder@goshen-oh.gov

Captain Bob Rosebob.rose@goshen-oh.gov


Goshen Police Chief Ray Snyder
Goshen Police Chief Ray Snyder

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  • Bill.

    The police department of Goshen, and the -municipal- (not common pleas) judicial system of Clermont County in general, is thought by to be by many, in fact, quite corrupt. At least among younger people in the community- the elder citizens are blissfully unaware and subscribe to the “public servants are always heroes mentality”. … And Robinson is allegedly the worst offender of the Goshen PD. I can say the following with absolute certainty: He regularly goes on fishing expeditions. I.e., he collects trash of people who have previously had dealings with him to find something to prosecute for them for (because he dislikes them). He regularly violates Fourth Amendment rights. He also destroys evidence (I have heard of him deleting his dashboard cam on numerous occasions). I’ve heard so much about this guy, from his victims, from lawyers, and even from other cops. By the latter, he’s generally just regarded as a dumb bully who skirts procedure. If you don’t believe me, ask around.

    Other cops in his department are accused of stealing money and drugs from the evidence locker, as of this year. Thousands of dollars worth. They were trying to sweep it under the rug using an internal investigation, but the commissioners finally called them on since the investigating officer was one of the two under suspicion, and had not shown any evidence he was investigating it, months after he said he would.

    Avoid these people, if you feel that’s best. Record them, if you can’t. Robinson especially. Don’t let him bully you, or make up a phony charge to try to confiscate your device. He threatens people with obstruction all the time. This is a cop who uses his badge as a weapon, and regularly tries to circumvent the Fourth Amendment. He’s not evil. He just seems to think the ends always justify the means, and that cops are above the law. Don’t let these people turn your rights into mere suggestions. Unfortunately, the municipal court seems complicit in his behavior, so he’s never called on it.

    As far as privacy, this is a guy who CONSTANTLY leaks his arrests to the media in order to get recognition and promotions. I kid you not. He’s responsible for a good deal of these arrestees having their faces plastered online, in newspapers, and the local television news. Some of these people never even actually committed a crime, but were just accused, wrongly, by him. He doesn’t care about privacy, just being recorded.

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