Miami Beach Police Tried To Destroy Video From Bystanders, Holding Them At Gunpoint

from the the-right-to-film-police dept

DannyB was the first of a few folks to send in the latest story of police massively (and dangerously) overreacting to people filming them in public. This case involves police in Miami Beach, who filmed a fatal shooting by the police. Apparently, the police didn't like such things being caught on camera and reacted about as poorly as you can imagine:
First, police pointed their guns at the man who shot the video, according to a Miami Herald interview with the videographer

Then they ordered the man and his girlfriend out the car and threw them down to the ground, yelling “you want to be fucking paparazzi?”

Then they snatched the cell phone from his hand and slammed it to the ground before stomping on it. Then they placed the smashed phone in the videographer's back pocket as he was laying down on the ground

And finally, they took him to a mobile command center where they snapped his photo and demanded the phone again, then took him to police headquarters where they conducted a recorded interview with him before releasing him.
Turns out the last laugh was on the police. The guy whose phone it was had removed the SD card from the phone, which contained the video, and had it in his mouth the whole time. The video itself is now available on YouTube. It's pretty intense (and NSFW with the sound on). It shows the initial shooting, and then all the way up to the point where the same police who just opened fire on someone else are pointing their guns at the guy doing the filming, as he sits in his car. I have no idea how he was able to get the SD card out and in his mouth before police seized the phone:
This is all pretty scary no matter how you look at it, and it's really troubling, yet again, to see such a brazen abuse of the law by law enforcement officials who think that it's somehow against the law to film their actions in public.

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    Jay (profile), 7 Jun 2011 @ 7:44pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    If I might try for something reasonable:

    1) Take away the perverse incentives of law enforcement.

    The US drug policy has failed. Marijuana has medicinal uses. And yet, police officers use the law to line their own pockets. (Note: the ending on this one is still being written.

    Another example of perverse incentives, the quota system. People know it's implemented, but we can't do a damn thing about it. Police are given limits, they aren't focused on their jobs of keeping the peace. Everyone suffers for it.

    2) Less than lethal weapons for police officers - Yes, the abusive ones will still be bullies with a badge. But now, they don't have lethal force to be used as a weapon against innocent people.

    3) Training. If they're using the RIAA training videos or any industry resource whatsover, you need more training.

    4) Reconstitionalization - Yeah, I made this word up. Basically, refresh every LAST officer with a copy of the Constitution of the US so they understand what people's rights are. I bet this could solve a lot of problems before they occurred.

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