Vince Lovato is the editor of the Lake County Leader in Polson, Montana, and has been a journalist for 33 years.
When Lovato heard about a car collision last Wednesday, he and his wife, a reporter for the same paper, drove to the scene of the accident to gather information and take photographs. Instead of being allowed to take photographs, a Montana Highway Patrol trooper put Lovato in handcuffs and arrested him for obstructing a peace officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
In response to a man photographing a prison from a public sidewalk, Hamilton County police officers conducted an illegal search of the photographer’s car and illegally ran his information through the Driver and Vehicle Information Database (DAVID).
It was none other than PINAC investigative reporter Jeff Gray.
With the casualness of a certain university cop whose image went viral during the Occupy protests, a Texas cop pepper sprayed a man video recording from outside his home before moving in to arrest him.
The division between police and citizens in this country continues to deepen with an incident out of Indiana caught on video showing a group of cops shattering a car window to pull out a passenger because he did not have identification.
Hammond police had pulled over the man’s girlfriend because she had not been wearing a seatbelt, which as we saw in South Carolina, can lead to a cop opening fire on a driver trying to comply with their orders.
“They were screaming, ‘Get that fucking drone off our property,'” he said. “I told them, ‘It’s not on your property, it never was. I’m calling the police. I’m calling them right now.'”
Russell Percenti was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and criminal mischief last week after blasting a camera drone/quadcopter/DJI Phantom out of the sky with a shotgun.