A man who had been pulled over by Los Angeles police for a motorcycle violation was handcuffed when he insisted on video recording the traffic stop.
The motorcyclist posted the video and summary Cop Block, which stated the following:
I was pulled over on my motorcycle under the pretense of my pipes being too loud. As soon as I shut down my motorcycle, the cops began asking invasive questions; was I on parole/probation? Where was I going and coming from? I told them I don’t answer questions and they became hostile and agitated. When I was able to, I retrieved my phone and began recording.
They told me I wasn’t allowed to record them and that they would place me in handcuffs if I continued to do so. That’s exactly what happened . I was handcuffed for recording the incident. They then wrote me a ticket for everything they could and told me that they would have been cool and not written me a ticket if I had not exercised my right to remain silent and had not recorded them .
There is no legal basis for cops to force you to put your phone down if you are just standing on a sidewalk, waiting for them to give you a traffic citation.