Police, Yet Again, Arrest Someone For Filming Them, Saying It's Obstruction Of Justice

from the sad dept

These stories are becoming all too common. The police in Suffolk County, New York (where I grew up, actually), arrested a freelance news photographer who was videotaping the conclusion of a police chase. The police told him to "go away," while letting others stay. The guy, Phil Datz, moved further away, and started filming again... at which point he was arrested and charged with obstruction. After realizing that they had no case (and after the story got some press attention), it was announced that charges would be dropped and that "officers will undergo media relations training." But it's pretty ridiculous that such training is needed in this day and age. There's simply no way that police should be on the street if they believe it's illegal to film them in public.

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    Jimmy the Geek, 8 Aug 2011 @ 7:55pm

    Simple fix.

    Let's just pass a law that arresting someone for filming the police is punishable with a million dollar fine and 50 years in prison with no parole.

    It is simple to fix, the fact that we are not doing anything against this blatant slide into a police state says more about us individual than it does about the government.

    We are weak and ineffectual. We are sniveling cowards too afraid to stand up for ourselves. Look at the rest of the world. You kill one person in England without just cause and the people there burn cars and buildings. In Greece millions protest against the government imposing austerity measures on the people, while letting the rich grow ever richer.

    I'm more than a little disgusted about how far we have fallen in the past 50 years. We used to stand up for ourselves. We used to be great.

    I guess it was good while it lasted.

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