Category: Know Your Rights!

South Florida Cop Claims It’s a “Safety Issue” to Record Him During Traffic Stop in Miami

South Florida Cop Claims It’s a “Safety Issue” to Record Him During Traffic Stop in Miami

A South Florida cop told a man he was not allowed to record him during a traffic stop because it was a "safety issue," reaching into the car and swatting the camera. Citizen Journalist Manuel Prades But the man with the camera wasn't sold. "May I record, I mean, you're not allo ...
Former Deputy’s Wife Sends Angry FB Message to Photographer Whose Pictures got Husband Fired (Updated II)

Former Deputy’s Wife Sends Angry FB Message to Photographer Whose Pictures got Husband Fired (Updated II)

It's been almost a year since a Knoxville, Tennessee deputy was fired after a photojournalist photographed him choking a college student until he fell to his knees, even though the student was not resisting. John Messner's photographs went viral, published on countless news sites thro ...
Newspaper Editor Fired After Arrest For Taking Photos, Even Though Dashcam Proved Cops to be Liars

Newspaper Editor Fired After Arrest For Taking Photos, Even Though Dashcam Proved Cops to be Liars

Vince Lovato was the editor of the Lake County Leader in Polson, Montana...until this happened. At 53 years of age, with over three decades of journalism experience, Lovato lost his job after being arrested on October 1 for obstruction, resisting arrest and belligerence for daring ...
Virginia Teen Found Guilty in Cop Recording Arrest (Updated)

Virginia Teen Found Guilty in Cop Recording Arrest (Updated)

A Virginia teen whose video went viral last year, showing cops ordering him inside a home while he was trying to record police activity in his neighborhood, was found guilty Thursday morning for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, even though the video shows he was doing nothing mor ...
PINAC Reporter Assaulted by Government Official for Recording Public Facility in Washington

PINAC Reporter Assaulted by Government Official for Recording Public Facility in Washington

On the same day PINAC reporter Jeff Gray was getting his camera snatched by a Florida fire chief, another PINAC reporter was getting harassed for video recording a government-owned ferry in Washington. One day later, Scott Shimek aka Rogue Reflections, returned to the Washington State ...
Florida Fire Chief Attempts to Snatch Camera from PINAC Reporter

Florida Fire Chief Attempts to Snatch Camera from PINAC Reporter

A Florida fire chief stormed up to PINAC reporter Jeff Gray and attempted to snatch his camera Friday, claiming he was only trying to defend a "secure facility," which was really a government building open to the public. In fact, moments earlier, Gray had walked into the Clay County E ...
Virginia High School Principal Orders Student to Stop Recording While Searching Bag for E-cigarette (Updated)

Virginia High School Principal Orders Student to Stop Recording While Searching Bag for E-cigarette (Updated)

A high school student in Virginia was suspected of possessing marijuana an e-cigarette while on a school bus, leading to the principal and assistant principal to search his bag without his consent. And when he tried to pull out his camera to record, he was ordered to put it away. B ...
NJ Man Arrested for Refusing to Hand Over Camera as “Evidence” After Cop Veers Off Road

NJ Man Arrested for Refusing to Hand Over Camera as “Evidence” After Cop Veers Off Road

A New Jersey man was arrested Thursday after refusing to hand over his video camera to a cop, who insisted he needed it as "evidence," even though case law makes it very clear that citizens do not have to give up their footage unless their camera was used in the commission of a crime. ...
Florida Couple Receives $30K Payout for Arrest Captured in Viral Video

Florida Couple Receives $30K Payout for Arrest Captured in Viral Video

An Ocala, Florida couple each received $15,000 in an outside settlement after a federal civil rights lawsuit was brought against the local sheriff’s department. Jason and Stacy Pomales filed separate lawsuits in June with the Ocala division of the U.S. District Court, claiming their c ...