While it’s true that the overwhelming number of police outside the Republican National Convention in Tampa have been relatively respectful of the journalists documenting their presence, at least two journalists were detained for video recording some of the checkpoints in downtown. 

Dave Id and Jacob Crawford of Indybay were detained Monday night for about 20 minutes.

They were ordered to hand over their identifications. Jacob refused, handing over his press pass, and Dave obliged. Their names were entered into a database.

Obviously, these cops are under the impression that documenting checkpoints is somehow reasonably suspicious for them to legally detain you.

It’s not.

So I’m going to join Dave and Jacob in a couple of hours to walk around downtown Tampa and document these checkpoints and ask these cops on what basis are they legally able to detain people recording the checkpoints

Their detainment was documented in the above video and they talk about it in depth in the video below. 

Also below are a couple of other videos they shot and edited while down here.


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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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