Philadelphia Cop Attacks and Arrests Man for Video Recording (Updated)


A Philadelphia police officer stepped out of his car, walked across the street and grabbed a man who was video recording him, all while ordering the man, “don’t fucking touch me.”

The cop smacked the man’s camera out of his hand, which is when that video cuts out.

However, another person was video recording the incident and was able to capture the cop pushing the first man into the street before arresting him.

The incident took place on March 31, 2013, but wasn’t uploaded to Youtube until April 27. However, it has only been viewed 324 times as of this writing.

No further information is available at this time.

Earlier this month, the ACLU filed a pair of lawsuits against the Philadelphia Police Department for arresting citizens for either observing or recording them.

UPDATE: The Philadelphia Inquirer had written about this incident back in May, reporting that a lawsuit has since been filed, but they did not post the video:

AN IRAQ WAR veteran is suing the city, claiming he was roughed up by police and illegally detained for taking a cellphone video during the confrontation.

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The alleged incident happened Easter Sunday on 13th Street near Rodman in Center City, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday in federal district court. The complaint was filed on behalf of Roderick King, an Air Force veteran from Lansdale, and Thomas Stenberg, Sara Tice and Brian Jackson, all of Philadelphia.

The suit claims the four friends were walking on 13th Street about 2 a.m. March 31 when they saw a Philadelphia police officer in a marked SUV driving erratically. Stenberg yelled at the officer about making an illegal turn, prompting the cop to pull over and confront Stenberg, the complaint says.

King, Tice and Jackson all pulled out their cellphones and began recording the confrontation, according to the complaint. The video, which was posted to YouTube, shows the officer approach King, who raises his hands above his head. The officer yells “Don’t f—ing touch me” as King keeps his hands raised while still recording. The officer knocks the phone out of King’s hand, grabs King by his shirt and throws him against the SUV before handcuffing him and putting him in the back seat.

According to the complaint, the officer told King he was under arrest for public intoxication and drove him to a dark location in North Philadelphia. The officer then drove King back to where his friends were standing and released him without explanation.


About Carlos Miller

Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.

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