Colorado Woman Ends Up in Hospital After Recording Cops

A Colorado woman who came across a traffic stop and began recording ended up in the hospital after police seized her phone.

It is not clear exactly what Durango police did to her because she doesn’t describe what took place after her phone was seized, which takes place just after the 1:00 mark.

The rest of the video shows the woman getting treated at the hospital, both her hands appearing swollen, before she walks out with casts on both of them.

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  • Tom Curry

    I got four words for this woman, ACLU LAWYER SUIT SUIT !!!

  • MSL

    Looks like she didn’t just record the traffic stop she walked in the middle of it, including in front of the police car.

    • Rob

      Yeah, she went full circle around the police car, and between the stopped vehicle and police vehicle. Kind of stupid imo. If the arrest hadn’t been violent enough to break both of her hands, I’d say that an obstruction charge appeared to be warranted in this case. The use of force, however, most likely wasn’t warranted.

  • Rusty Gunn

    Don’t get near vicious wild animals and this won’t be happening!

  • Hammer

    Light brusing for a female combative obstructing a police investigation. We never did hear from her on what happened, only from her “Friend” that just happened to be present with her as well. Not that I am suspicious!

  • Tony Loro
  • internetbob

    I just sent the following email to the Mayor, City Council, and The Chief of Police. And I have also posted this link on facebook and


    I am appalled at the conduct of your officers, concerning
    the arrest and theft of this persons Cell Phone.

    She was exercising her rights, and was arrested and it
    appears to have been a victim of police brutality.

    Information for your further review:

    First Amendment:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
    religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
    speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and
    to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Fourth Amendment:

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons,
    houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall
    not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported
    by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched,
    and the persons or things to be seized.

    It appears that this officer has violated her First and
    Fourth Amendment rights.

    I would hope your office, the council, and the Police
    Chief pursue an investigation into this matter, and TRAIN your officers to
    respect our fundamental rights.

    The U.S. Department of
    Justice last year drafted a set of guidelines concerning recording of police. I have attached it for your


  • Joseph Murray

    Over and over again we see the focus is on the recording device and not the citizen and what they may or may not be doing. She was too close but all he was concerned about was getting the camera. He didn’t ask her to leave the area which would be the obvious first (and entirely legal) reaction.

    • Frodo

      Those with something to hide, while on official duty, always go for the recording device.

  • CornbreadDamnitCornbread

    It’s funny how cops say “you’re obstructing justice!” when they’re the ones who stop what they are doing to walk over and harass an innocent bystander.

  • Seeker103

    Sorry guys, It looks like she was interfering. She didn’t deserve to get injured though she should have been asked to back off.

  • gh0sts

    Vid has gone private

  • Carlos_Miller

    They made the video private, which is so annoying. I’m tempted to just remove this story altogether.

    • Flashing Scotsman

      I have to agree, Carlos.

    • Steve_Mart1n

      The fact they made the video private would seem to indicate they might be pursuing charges against the officer(s) or Dept.