For more than two minutes, Border Patrol Agents demanded to know if a truck driver was a U.S. citizen during one of those immigration checkpoints in the Southwest that force citizens to reveal their citizenship status, even if they have not crossed the Mexican border.
And for more than two minutes, the driver refused to answer that question, basing his refusal on his Constitutional right to travel freely in the United States.
A high school sophomore in Pennsylvania who had been bullied all year by classmates with no help from his teacher decided to audio record the bullying on his iPad as evidence.
But instead of disciplining the bullies, school officials called police on him, threatening to have him arrested for felony wiretapping.
Upset at the “lopsided’ news coverage his department has been receiving over last month’s incident in which a deputy snatched a camera from a citizen during a traffic stop, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott took to Facebook Tuesday night in what he described as “setting the record straight.”
But all he did was further reiterate what the initial news report stated: That his deputy was justified in snatching the camera because not only could it have been a gun, but the citizen could have used it to call friends to ambush them.
Besides, he wrote, it’s not like his deputies deleted the video or anything, so why should anybody be upset?
As he does on a regular basis, Jeff Gray recorded a group of prison inmates working on a public street under supervision by a Florida Department of Corrections officer.
And as what happens on a regular basis, the corrections officer threatened to have him arrested.
Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott, who wrote a letter to President Barack Obama last year stating how he fully supports the rights of citizens to arm themselves, is now defending his deputies for snatching a cell phone from a man’s hand while recording a traffic stop because, the sheriff insists, that phone could have been a gun.
It is a feeble attempt to defend an obvious Constitutional violation considering the man was openly recording for several minutes before the deputy decided to snatch his camera, giving him ample opportunity to shoot the deputy if he so desired.
Not to mention the man already had a conversation with another deputy over the fact that he was obviously recording.