A Georgia cop who didn’t appreciate being recorded during a traffic stop snatched a man’s phone before handcuffing him and deleting his video.
Fortunately, the man was using the Qik app on his smartphone, which salvaged the video.
The video was posted on May 23, 2013 but has received less than 500 views as of this writing.
That is probably because the man didn’t bother listing the name of the agency nor even the state it took place.
I had to watch the video several times to determine the cop was from the Kennesaw Police Department, but that is an important detail that should always be included in the Youtube descriptions of these types of videos.
And if you’re going to do this, please hold the phone horizontally, which is the number one rule in my Ten Rules for Recording Cops guidelines.
Nevertheless, the man who goes by Peace Adams on Youtube gave a decent description of what took place.
I was simply filming law enforcement while they conducted a stop. I was on a public sidewalk 40 yards away when a Sergeant pulled up and that was my interaction with him. He took the phone from me turned it off threw me in hand cuffs. In the end he gave me a unlawful order to provide information, unlawfully searched me, he made me delete the videos luckily I was using Qik Video and it uploaded a copy to a secure server. Him and another officer proceeded to tell me that the sidewalk was private property and that my camera was filming towards private property and was a violation of unlawful surveillance. It was my first police film encounter and I will get better at it. We as citizens must hold our law enforcement accountable for all of their actions. My attorney is going to request their video and see if they in fact lied as I described to him and determine whether or not I have grounds to a formal complaint.
Whether he was on private property or not, they have no right to delete your footage. That’s grounds for a lawsuit.
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