A video was posted on Youtube this week showing heavily militarized police from an armored car raiding a man’s home for apparently having video recorded his own court hearing in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The video was recorded by a camera sitting inside a garage as the cops ordered the man and a woman outside, ordering them to get down on their knees, treating them as if they could at any moment unleash a hail of bullets towards the cops hiding behind bulletproof shields.
Once again, a television news station claims to be clueless about citizens right to record cops, insisting a recent incident in which a Florida woman ended up in handcuffs is “raising new questions about what rights citizens have when it comes to recording deputies on duty.”
The “raises new questions” phrase has become an overused cliche with the media when discussing this issue because it allows them to take a passive stance, rather than come out and say the Orange County Sheriff’s Office screwed up, which might lose them access to the Police PR Spin Machine, which they depend on for their nightly newscasts.
So the media resorts to seeking out attorneys to confirm what everybody but the cops know; that we have the right to record cops on duty. This is not a new issue, so there are no “new questions” that are being raised.
“Ever wonder what would happen when you get confronted by MP’s [military police] and military investigation unit outside of the base and don’t say much to them?”
That question, posed by the owner of the YouTube channel Bunny Boots Ink, was answered recently outside Elmendorf-Richardson Joint Base in Anchorage. A videographer set his camera up on a public sidewalk in front of a fighter jet propped outside the base, apparently there to draw attention, but was confronted almost immediately with questioning from air force personnel.
PINAC reporter Jeff Gray was video recording from outside an indistinguishable building in Jacksonville today when it began speaking to him, a booming female voice telling him he was not allowed to take photos.
The voice, which was obviously coming from somewhere inside viewing him with a camera, almost seemed to be able to hear Gray speaking back, telling him he must walk to the building’s front gate, which he did, careful not to enter the property of the building.