August 27th, 2013

Texas Cop Assaults, Handcuffs Man for Attempting to Video Record them Searching his Car During Traffic Stop 12

By Carlos Miller

 

A Texas police officer pulled over a man for running a stop sign, then decided to search the car after claiming he smelled marijuana.

The driver decided to pull out his phone and start recording.

It landed him in handcuffs.

The incident took place early this morning in Nacogdoches, a city in the middle of Texas that claims to be the “oldest town in Texas.”

The man who recorded the video is apparently named Eric Wesley. At least that’s the username he uses on Youtube, where he has only posted one video, which you can see above.

The cop claims he assaulted Wesley because he had shone a camera light in his face, which obviously is something they believe only they are entitled to do with their flashlights.

This is how he described the incident in the Youtube description:

Got pulled over for “running a stop sign” at 1a.m. on my way go taco bell. The officer that pulled me over said he smelled “weed” when my car door opened, called for back up and asked me to step out the car, patted me down and searched my car while I was about 15 feet away standing by the sgt. In the video you can hear me asking if I had permission to watch the search and got the response of “did I tell you that you couldn’t” so I stepped towards my car to watch and I was asked to come back to the sgt immediately…which I did, phone still recording..its 1 a.m. so my flash was on..the sgt accused me of putting the light in his eye and tried to knock my $650 phone out of my hand but didn’t and then tried to grab it and when I didnt let go he twisted my wrist and placed my arm behind my back andthe other officer came and twisted my other arm for no reason, I wasn’t resisting and placed me in some really tight handcuffs while he finished searching my car, which had no illegal drugs in it and he let me go..no ticket, no warning BUT his original reason for pullingmeme over cause I “ran a stop sign” smh…!

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  • steve618

    Cops think nothing of rudely burning people’s eyeb@lls out with 700 lumen t@clites during routine stops, but whine when some itty bitty phone light is pointed towards them.. F ‘em.

    • Difdi

      Technically speaking, it would be illegal to drive with rear-facing bright white lights in Texas…but a parked car isn’t driving. Install a “turret” that activates when the engine is switched off, with a sun tracker. Set it to aim a 1200+ lumen flashlight at the brightest source of light within 5 feet.

      Bets on whether police would respond by trying to shoot it out?

  • TheFlashingScotsman

    I hope this small burg has some money in the vault to pay the lawsuit.

  • Bo Kelleher

    White and yellow safety lights are permitted on vehicles in most states. It would be awesome to outfit a vehicle with rearward facing high intensity white lights. Once completely stopped you could light up the police car like a thousand suns, blinding them the way they blind the citizen-victims for whom they prowl. Fair is fair.

    • Jonah Manke

      Watch Foamy the squirrel hammers and floodlights what you are wanting to do plus what is described by Foamy are in my opinion AWESOME. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GjVy2pMZiY

    • http://excoplawstudent.wordpress.com/ ExCop-LawStudent

      That’s a $200 ticket in Texas. White light visible to the rear, Sec. 547.303, Texas Trans. Code.

      Not a real good idea.

      • James Michael

        And doesn’t apply if you are not in “transportation” …. Learn some law and you would know that…. :)

    • Proud GrandPa

      The issue is public safety. Shining a light into traffic is clearly a hazard. A ticket or at the minimum an order to turn off the light is reasonable.
      .
      In like manner a light on a flash would blind a LEO at night. The officer could not see the other hand of the photog if he were to draw a weapon. Makes sense. No wrongdoing here.
      .
      If I were on a jury and the cop were accused of a civil rights violation for ordering a photog not to blind him/her at night, then I’d vote to acquit. Easy case… next one please.

  • Fotaugrafee

    Sounds like someone was trying to cover themselves, by letting you go I’m thinking they realized they fucked up here & were hoping this wouldn’t see the light of day.

    They were wrong. :D

  • Friday Foster

    Pig bitches

  • steveo

    I’ve been looking at use of force statistics and the category usually starts out with 1) putting hands on detainee and goes up from there to putting on handcuffs, bending arms, taking to ground, etc. The use of force numbers in the stop and frisk case in NYC was illuminating because just putting hands on the detainees (when not frisking) was less than 1 percent of the encounters. Chemical spray and tasers were way way down percentage wise making most encounters 99.9 percent use of force free.

    But we should do a statistical analysis of encounters with videographers, and I bet that the use of force with photographers is off the chart, comparatively with other police encounters. And photographers aren’t even breaking the law. Here the videographer even asked permission and was handcuffed.

  • DannyE

    I live in nacogdoches and this really pisses me off. Will call the chief tomorrow and piss in his ear.

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