Wearing a “Fuck the Police” t-shirt, Michael Burns entered a Broward courtroom with a videographer in tow, preparing to fight the obstructed license plate citation he received earlier this year after he was pulled over for video recording deputies.
Yes, those same deputies that Broward County Sheriff’s attorney Ron Gunzburger claimed in a panel discussion in January that are all trained to respect the rights of citizens to record because of a memo he issued last year.
Pennsylvania cops told a woman that if she did not stop video recording them arresting her daughter outside their home, they would arrest her for felony wiretapping.
The woman stepped inside her home to continue recording, which was when police stormed inside without a warrant and arrested her.
“You don’t have the right to come into my home,” Kia Gaymon can be heard telling Collingdale police officer Carl White as he enters her home.
“I do,” White responds, a man who clearly believes he is above the law.
Daniel Saulmon, Southern Californian’s notorious video activist, spent four days in a crowded county jail this week after refusing a plea deal that would have forbade him from flying his quadcopter for two years within Los Angeles County.
“It was terrible,” said the man known as Tom Zebra on Youtube of his experience in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime hours after his release.
“I watched deputies nearly beat a guy to death with batons and tasers. I saw another man go into a seizure and almost die. It was not good.”
A Pennsylvania cop snatched a camera from a man’s hands after accusing him of felony wiretapping, even though they were inside a restaurant where the cop had no expectation of privacy.
A Butler police officer named Walters then turned the camera off, handed it back to its owner and ordered him outside where he then gave him a citation for criminal mischief.
The man with the camera, who goes by Muchmusic16001 on Youtube, said he was inside Mickey’s Original Pizza and Hoagies in Butler because he used to work there but still hadn’t been paid, even though it was more than three weeks since he left.
Cops were called and it didn’t seem as if they cared whether he was paid or not.
According to his Youtube description:
At the recording date of this video (07/29/2014): it had been 41 days since I quit Mickey’s Original Pizza and Hoagies, and HAD NOT received ANY form of payment for the 3 weeks that I worked there. (which is why i was recording, i wanted to catch the thief admit to his crime) Today is sept.3rd and I STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED A PAYCHECK.(My last day of work was JUNE 19th, 2014) Also, before the police showed up mickey gave me permission to record and post to the internet. i have that recorded as well and will include it in a video in the future
A man was video recording outside the Fremont Police Department in Northern California when he was confronted by a cop, who accused him of “suspicious activity,” claiming the police department was “confidential information,” even though it is paid for by tax dollars and can be clearly seen from the street.
She then added that he was not allowed to video record license plates, even though she probably calls in people’s license plates on a daily basis.