In accordance with state law, Texas police officers arrested a man for taking pictures with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over the University of Texas’ Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium during their first football game of the season.
Texas is one of a number of states – including Idaho and Louisiana - that have criminalized aerial photography.
Gordon Eden is the third chief to head the Albuquerque Police Department since 2010 when it became one of the first agencies to issue body-mounted cameras to its officers.
Ever since a Ferguson police officer gunned down 18-year-old Michael Brown, prompting weeks of civil unrest, citizens, journalists, activists and even police departments are calling for more police departments to issue body-mounted cameras to officers.
After all, they say, a camera would have put to rest the debate whether Brown was shot while on his knees with his hands in the air as multiple witnesses reported or if he really did come charging at officer Darren Wilson, causing the officer to fear for his life, as police and a dozen mythical witnesses insist.
However, the Albuquerque Police Department, which introduced lapel cameras in 2010 and has more cameras than any other department in the country, continues to have the county’s highest rate of officer-involved shootings that result in deaths, topping New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami.
So shouldn’t the cameras hold these trigger-happy officers accountable if the footage determines the shootings were unjustified?
“I said turn it off.”
“Do you have a warrant?”
As two San Bernardino County sheriff deputies attempted to search a man’s house in the middle of the night, the officers’ first order was for the man of the house to turn off his cell phone which was recording the situation.
A group of South Florida filmmakers who were violently arrested for video recording from a public observation deck on a beach last year produced an impressive investigative documentary of their ordeal, documenting everything from their arrest to the ensuing coverup by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office where authorities went as far as intimidating a business owner into getting rid of a surveillance video camera that had captured the incident as well as deleting footage from cameras they had confiscated from the men.
Yes, the same Broward Sheriff’s Office whose attorney, Ron Gunzburger, sat on a panel with me earlier this year, proclaiming that all its deputies were properly trained in recognizing our right to record in public, only to be proven wrong a day later by Jeff Gray.
However, this video is much more infuriating than Gray’s video, guaranteed to get your blood pressure soaring for the entire 22 minutes. It’s definitely worth the time to view it.
A Nebraska cop who chased a man into his home after he had video recorded cops arresting his brother, confiscating his camera and later admitting to throwing the memory card away, received a year of probation this week after his charge was reduced from a felony to misdemeanors, proving once again that the system will always side with the cops, even in cases like this one where the prosecutor talks a big game.
James Kinsella was part of a mob of cops from the Omaha Police Department who chased a man inside his home without a warrant last year after the man attempted to video record them abusing his brother, a scene that was captured on a camera by a neighbor from an upstairs window in a shocking video that went viral.
But what took place inside the home was even more egregious, according to Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine, who called a press conference last year to announce he was charging Kinsella with felony tampering with evidence – a rare move by any prosecutor when it comes to cop deleting footage.
However, Klein later reduced the charge to two misdemeanor counts of obstruction of government operations because the cop claimed there was no video on the memory card.