In my last post, I pointed out an example of what cops should not do when they find themselves in a situation involving bystanders, including one with a camera.
Now here is an example of what citizens should not do when dealing with cops, especially if they insist on recording the interaction.
A man who recently moved down to Florida from Philadelphia crosses the street with a friend even though the pedestrian traffic signal was advising him not to walk.
A cop then confronts him, demanding his identification, accusing him of a traffic infraction.
Zikomo Peurifoy refuses to provide identification, claiming he did not commit a crime.
And a quick view through his Youtube videos shows that he is usually on the right side of this argument.
But in this case, the cop did have a legal right to ask for his identification because he admittedly committed an infraction, specifically a violation of Florida Statute 316.130 which states the following.
(1) A pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device specifically applicable to the pedestrian unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
And yes, I know it is extremely petty for the cop to hassle him over that but Casselberry, a city northeast of Orlando, is apparently a little slow when it comes to real crimes.
Had it been me, I would have been flabbergasted that a cop would harass me for such an offense because I do that all the time down here. Everybody does. And thankfully, Miami cops don’t enforce it.
But if a cop ever did harass me jaywalking, I would probably start recording the interaction while questioning his need to enforce such a petty infraction.
However, if he insisted on seeing my identification, I would give it to him because I would be aware that I was committing an infraction as minor as it may be.
If you’re going to be an activist, you have to understand the law. If you’re going to willfully break the law as some activists do in acts of civil disobedience, then you must be willing to get arrested for it.
In this case, Peurifoy was so insistent that he was right, he kept accusing the cops of attempting a “false arrest” and threatening to “charge” them with committing a crime.
The cops were being extremely patient with him, maybe even too patient. And I know that sounds rare coming from me but we have to understand there is a rulebook we must all abide by in this game we play between activists and cops.
That rulebook is the law. We expect them to abide by it, so me must abide by it. Knowing the law is just as important as knowing your rights. You can’t have one without the other.
Police eventually tasered Peurifoy after several warnings that they would tase him if he didn’t put his hands behind his back, which he didn’t. And even then, they were unable to detain him until several minutes later.
Meanwhile, his friend, Noelle Price, is video recording the whole encounter and doesn’t shut up throughout the whole exchange, which is getting so old.
If you’re going to record, please keep your words to a minimum unless you’re are providing a narrative to the viewer or conversing with the cop.
Keep in mind that your voice is magnifed because your mouth is close to the microphone. And if you start shrieking as Price was doing, it’s annoying and irritating.
Also, if you’re going to engage in such activism, don’t be packing guns unless you have a concealed weapons permit if the law does not allow it.
Both Peurifoy and Price were packing guns. He had a permit. She didn’t, according to WFTV.
Peurifoy was also charged with battery on a police officer and resisting police with violence, both which are felonies.
These guys were amateurs attempting to come across as pros. And now they will pay the price for it, which is unfortunate because you can see their hearts are in the right place.
Casselberry police are now saying they will use this video as a training guide to their officers. And I have to admit, when I first read that, I was ready to have a field day with this piece.
But then I viewed the video a few times and I believe they remained professional throughout it all.
If you don’t believe me, just check out the video I posted Tuesday.
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