Illinois Cops Harass Man for Video Recording them from Public Sidewalk


A man who was standing on a sidewalk video recording cops in Aurora as they were blocking vehicle traffic with their patrol cars ended up getting harassed by the cops who accused him of blocking the sidewalk.

However, not a single pedestrian attempted to walk past the man with the camera during the entire 13 painful minutes he was recording.

He started off with the old vertical video syndrome that has become quite the rage among citizens who have spent all their free time learning Constitutional law, so apparently haven’t had the time to learn how to properly video record with their smartphone, which is why I’m including the video below.

It appears as if he tried to straighten the video out after starting out in the vertical position, which just made things worse. The best thing to do in that situation is to just stop recording and start up again in the horizontal position.

To get the heart of the video, start it at 9:00 and watch as they start harassing him for blocking the sidewalk, telling him that it didn’t matter if nobody tried to walk past him, that he was still blocking it.

But the cop was wrong as Aurora Ordinance 27-242, which he specifically cited, states the following:

It shall be unlawful for a pedestrian to stand upon any sidewalk except as near as is reasonably possible to the building line or curbline, if such standing interferes with the use of the sidewalk by other pedestrians.

The man calls the cop on his bullshit and attempts to walk away, but the cop tells him he is being detained and needs his identification.

The video ends, so we’re left with no conclusion. Just a twisted neck from watching the video sideways.

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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