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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    harbingerofdoom (profile), 7 Jun 2011 @ 10:01am

    nice to see all the extremists that these stories bring out.

    not that i disagree all that much (maybe its mostly in degree, but not really content) but still... extremists of any sort are bad.

    on the one hand you have the gung-ho pro law crowd (seemingly absent from here thus far, they are still out there) who have pretty much enabled this goofyassed idea that cops should not be filmed (and yes, some of them are law enforcement too). the sort of 'if you got nuthin to hide' mentality taken to the extreme of its position that even if you have nothing to hide the cops should be allowed to do whatever the hell they want in order to make sure the little childrens are safe

    on the other hand you have the group of all cops are bad, its the fact that they are a cop that makes them bad and 100% of all law enforcement is designed to keep the current power structures in their place.

    and neither are correct.
    you cannot have a free and orderly civilization without enforcement of law and groups designed to carry out that enforcement yet neither can you have a free and orderly civilization with those groups running roughshod over everything and everyone (nor is that even given that they actually currently are doing universally).

    the ability to keep both of those opposing forces in check is one of the things which makes a free society able to function. allowing law enforcement to do their expected jobs unhindered by mobs is just as vital as allowing the public to keep tabs on law enforcement in order to ensure they are actually doing their jobs in a manner that is acceptable to society in whole and not oppressing those who would be part of the side that is keeping them in check by monitoring their activities.


    {/soapbox}

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