A New York City cop beat up and arrested a man for video recording him inside a subway station from 30 feet away Saturday night, walking up to him and getting in his face all while claiming the man was invading his personal space.
Officer Rojas, shield number 23404, then deleted the video, never mentioning the camera once in his arrest report, claiming the man had physically interfered with another arrest he was making.
But after spending 24 hours in jail, Shawn Randall Thomas managed to recover the deleted footage, proving that Rojas is not only a liar, but a bullying thug as well.
Oklahoma law enforcement officers beat a man to death before confiscating his wife’s cell phone after she video recorded the incident, leaving the key piece of evidence in the hands of the killers.
Police said they needed the phone as “evidence” but the United States Department of Justice has made it very clear that police can only seize a camera without a warrant if they believe the camera contains evidence of a crime and if they believe this evidence would be destroyed if they don’t act fast to obtain it.
In this case, the phone likely contains evidence of a crime committed by police which would increase the chances of it getting destroyed now that it is in their hands.
A Pennsylvania state police officer along with a fire chief ordered a man to turn off his camera, informing him that it was illegal to record a crash investigation after they walked onto his parent’s property in an intimidating manner.
Fearing for his safety, Mike Bosmay complied with their orders even though he knew they were wrong.
Yesterday I posted a video showing a group of Polk County detention officers refusing to identify themselves when asked by Michael Burns, who was being harassed and threatened with arrest for video recording from a public sidewalk outside the jail in Central Florida.
When Burns told them it was a departmental policy, they blew him off, demanding to know what policy requires them to disclose their names when asked.
It was obviously a tactic to force the burden of proof on Burns, even though it is quite common for law enforcement organizations to have such policies.
But thanks to a public records request by Jeff Frazier of Seminole Watch, we now have that policy.
Cops will always demand your identification, even when they have no reasonable suspicion that you are committing a crime, but they really dislike providing you with their name and badge number.
However, there is no legal requirement for you to hand over your identification if they cannot articulate a specific crime they suspect you have committed.
And almost all law enforcement agencies have policies that require officers to identify themselves to citizens when asked.
Unfortunately, these realities are rarely played out on the streets when cops confront you for legally recording from a public sidewalk.