A battle over cattle and land rights erupted in a stand-off between armed federal agents pointing tasers and citizens holding cell phone cameras in a compelling video posted to Youtube Wednesday.
The skirmish began Saturday when Bureau of Land Management officials began seizing a rancher’s cattle in Nevada, claiming it owns the land and that the rancher owes more than $300,000 in grazing feed going back two decades.
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.