Two short videos posted on Youtube in recent days, one from California, the other from Florida, resulted in police reaching for their guns against the citizens who were recording them.
In the shortest video, which lasts only 12 seconds, a man gets confronted by San Francisco cops who surround him as he pulls out his camera phone with one of them telling him, “put that thing away.”
He responds by saying, “I have the right to document,” but his phone is snatched away.
Moments after aggressively piling on top of a man over a paid bus fare, NYPD officers turned their attention to another man who was video recording the arrest, using that same aggression to pile on top of him and grind his face into the sidewalk.
Both arrests were captured by two other men with cameras, one man who recorded the first arrest, another man who recorded the second arrest.
A citizen video showing a struggle between a Kansas City cop and an off-duty firefighter in which the firefighter flips the cop on his back and punches him repeatedly in the face before the cop pulls out a gun and kills him, was released this week after a grand jury declined to indict the officer.
Thanks to the video, we can see it was the right decision made by the grand jury, especially when we learn of what led up to the struggle, which was essentially that the firefighter, Anthony Bruno, had been drinking and had gotten into an argument with a cab driver over the fare. The cab driver threw the fare into his wife’s face, so Bruno punched him several times before storming off.
The cop, Donald Hubbard, who was in uniform working security at a hotel, witnessed this exchange and ran after the firefighter to arrest him, which is when the struggle ensued as well as when another man pulled out a camera and began video recording.
The chilling video that had been confiscated by police showing five Oklahoma cops piling on top of a man in a movie theater parking lot earlier this month, leading to his death, was released today, showing the cops were struggling with what appeared to have been a dead man for five minutes.
After all, Luis Rodriguez, 44, was not only not resisting, he was not even moving during the duration of the video.
Seattle police officer John Marion
As we’ve seen so many times in the past, the Seattle Police Department waited until all the media buzz died down before reducing the disciplinary action against a police officer for threatening a citizen for taking pictures of police in public.
But unlike in previous incidents where the local media ignores the decision, the citizen in question was none other than Dominic Holden, editor of the alternative weekly, The Stranger, who raised so much hell through his articles that he got a King County Sheriff’s deputy fired for also threatening him that day.