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Border Patrol Agent Fears Camera Phone Could be Weapon

A Border Patrol agent claimed he was in fear for his life when a man started video recording from a back seat of a car during an inland immigration checkpoint in Texas last week.

“I don’t know if it’s a weapon, if it’s a knife or if it’s a gun. Let me have your phone,” the agent said.

But the man with the phone, a popular libertarian activist named Tony Stiles who was traveling to Florida from California for a speech he was going to give – never once crossing the border into Mexico –  refused to hand it over.

“You know full well it’s not a fucking weapon,” Stiles responded. “Are you fucking kidding me?”

Of course he knew it wasn’t a weapon. He was just using the tiresome excuse that makes police look like lying bullies.

The exchange begins at 1:20. Stiles continued recording for several more minutes after they were forced out of the car to allow agents to search it, claiming their dogs had smelled drugs in the car.

They were eventually arrested for marijuana possession.

According to Ben Swann:

One of the agents attempted to take Stiles’ phone from him. The agent claimed that he was unsure if it was a weapon, but Stiles refused to surrender it. Stiles was able to take video of their forced exit from the vehicle and the following search.

After exiting the vehicle, the three men watched as the DHS agents began searching the vehicle without consent. Stiles said the video shows one of the agents taking his hand out of his pocket suspiciously while a red bag was being searched. After the search, the agents told the men that marijuana had been found in the vehicle. Stiles affirmed to Benswann.com that neither he, Goodrich or Styles had any marijuana in their possession. The three were arrested and brought to the Sierra Blanca holding facility, where they were held in separate cells for over seven hours.

The men were released after Goodrich eventually took the marijuana possession charge. While the men maintain their innocence, Stiles told Benswann.com that if none of them took the charge they would have all been held for days while waiting for a judge. The decision was made after gathering legal advice from multiple sources.

 

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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.