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Chicago Cop Slaps Man’s Camera for Recording her Car, Threatens him with Arrest

A Chicago police officer slapped a man’s camera and threatened to arrest him for disorderly conduct because he had video recorded her car after she parked it on the side of a road in what appears to be a bustling commercial area of the city.

The officer was in full uniform, but the car she was driving, appeared to be her personal car instead of a department-issued car. She had a couple of shirts strewn upon the dashboard, so the man asked about them.

She responded by telling him he was not allowed to record her car, telling him it was “illegal.”

When the man stood up for his rights, telling her it was not illegal, she slapped the camera, a move that would have gotten anybody else killed had they done it to her.

She ordered him to cross the street, to “go on about your business,” telling him she would arrest him for disorderly conduct, which is your usual contempt-of-cop charge.

It is not clear when the incident took place because it appears to be spring or summer instead of winter but it was uploaded a few days ago to a Youtube channel called PoliceBrutalityDOTus, which reposts these types of videos, so it could have been posted elsewhere earlier, but I’d never seen it until today.

It most likely took place after December 2012, when a court order forbade Chicago police to use the state’s eavesdropping law to arrest people who record them in public because she would have probably threatened him with that instead of disorderly conduct.

 

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.