Pennsylvania cops told a woman that if she did not stop video recording them arresting her daughter outside their home, they would arrest her for felony wiretapping.
The woman stepped inside her home to continue recording, which was when police stormed inside without a warrant and arrested her.
“You don’t have the right to come into my home,” Kia Gaymon can be heard telling Collingdale police officer Carl White as he enters her home.
“I do,” White responds, a man who clearly believes he is above the law.
However, police ended up charging her with disorderly conduct – the catch-all contempt-of-cop charge they use when they can’t find an actual law in the book that was broken – which doesn’t say a thing about video recording people against their wishes.
And that charge was tossed out along with the disorderly conduct charge against Gaymon’s daughter.
Now the family is suing the Collingdale Police Department over the incident which took place in February 2014.
It all began when a neighbor called police because a family member had parked a car with the front tire on the neighbor’s curb.
Police arrived and accused the family of having spit at the neighbor. The family denied the accusation, which prompted the cops to start yelling at them.
Gaymon pulled out her camera to begin recording, which is when the cops told her it was a felony. Gaymon then stepped inside her home while continuing to record, which prompted the cops to move towards the door, first arresting Gaymon’s daughter while threatening to tase her, before storming into the home to arrest Gaymon, placing his taser against her chest.
According to the lawsuit:
17. On February 22, 2014, defendant Officer White and defendant Officer Eckert went to plaintiffs’ home in response to a call made to police by plaintiffs’ next-door neighbor.
18. Plaintiffs’ neighbor had apparently complained to police that plaintiff Michael Gaymon’s mother, who was a guest at plaintiffs’ home, had parked her car in such a way that the front tire was on the curb in front of the neighbor’s house.
19. Defendants White and Eckert approached plaintiffs as they were leaving their home for a family outing; defendant White began yelling at plaintiffs in an aggressive and accusatory manner, asking who had spit at plaintiffs’ neighbor.
20. Plaintiffs Kia Gaymon and Michael Gaymon protested to defendant White that they had done nothing wrong and that their neighbor had falsely accused them of spitting at her.
21. In response to plaintiffs’ complaints, defendant White aggressively approached plaintiff Michael Gaymon and placed his face within inches of plaintiff Michael Gaymon’s face while yelling at him.
22. Because she was concerned about the aggressive nature of defendant White’s conduct, plaintiff Kia Gaymon took out her cell phone and began using it to make a video recording of defendant White.
23. Plaintiff Kia Gaymon first videoed defendant White while standing outside her home, on the top step immediately outside her front door.
24. Defendant White noticed plaintiff Kia Gaymon taking video of him and approached her.
25. As defendant White approached plaintiff Kia Gaymon, she went inside her home; while there, she continued to video defendant White by either leaning around a storm door or videoing through the window in the storm door.
26. While standing at the bottom of the steps leading up to the front entrance to plaintiffs’ home, defendant White ordered plaintiff Kia Gaymon to cease videoing him.
27. Defendant White told plaintiff Kia Gaymon that she could not video him because her doing so violated Pennsylvania’s wiretap statute.
28. In response, plaintiffs Michael Gaymon and Sanshuray Purnell, who was standing on the front stoop of the home immediately outside the front door, told defendant White that he was incorrect and that plaintiff Kia Gaymon had a right to make a video recording of defendant White.
29. Defendant White told plaintiff Kia Gaymon that if she did not stop videoing him he would enter her house, take her cell phone from her and place her under arrest.
30. Plaintiff Kia Gaymon opened the storm door at the front entrance of the home and told defendant White that he was not permitted to enter her home.
31. Immediately thereafter, defendant White walked up the steps toward the front entrance as if he was going to enter the home.
32. Before entering the home, however, defendant White grabbed plaintiff Sanshuray Purnell, placed her under arrest by handcuffing her and threatened to deploy his Taser against her.
33. Defendant Eckert escorted plaintiff Sanshuray Purnell from the scene.
34. Once plaintiff Sanshuray Purnell was removed from the front stoop, defendant White entered plaintiffs’ home and ordered plaintiff Kia Gaymon to stop videoing him.
35. Immediately after defendant White entered the home, plaintiffs Michael Gaymon and Kia Gaymon told defendant White that they did not consent to his entry of their home and that he was not permitted to be in their home.
36. Defendant White ignored plaintiffs Michael Gaymon and Kia Gaymon, grabbed plaintiff Kia Gaymon, pushed her up against the wall and held his Taser against her chest.
37. As defendant White did so, defendants Eckert and Does, fellow officers of the Collingdale Police Department, joined defendant White and placed plaintiff Kia Gaymon under arrest.
38. Defendants White, Eckert and Does removed plaintiff Kia Gaymon from her home.
39. Defendants White, Eckert and Does placed plaintiffs Kia Gaymon and Sanshuray Purnell in separate police vehicles and drove them to the Collingdale Police Station.