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.
Baltimore police stormed a school in SWAT gear, locking it down for four hours before evacuating the students to another school after a journalism student was spotted with a tripod.
The University of Maryland student should count his blessings he wasn’t shot to death considering his tripod was reported as being a gun.
St. Louis Metropolitan police were caught on video viciously beating a mentally ill man because he wouldn’t respond to orders of “put your fucking hands behind your back” – once again reminding us why it’s best to never call police when dealing with family issues.
After all, you can’t expect help from people who are only trained to hurt.