Another day, another city and another cop lying to us about being able to confiscate our cameras.

Therefore, we are treated to another video that otherwise would have gone unnoticed because of its poor lighting quality.

But the audio came through loud and clear, allowing us to hear a Napa police officer who identifies himself as “Officer Humfridge,” confronting the videographer who is recording a traffic stop.

“Just to let you know, I can confiscate your phone as evidence because I don’t want to be videoed, just to let you know.”

The videographer reminds the officer that it’s not against the law to record him, which probably was enough to convince the cop that he wasn’t going to fall for a lie because the cops just walks away.

The law does not permit police officers to confiscate our cameras unless they were used in the commission of a crime, such as child pornography or upskirting.

Some police departments have issued guidelines to their officers reminding them of this fact.

Obviously, Napa Police Chief Richard Melton needs to do the same.


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I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.

My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.

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