Skip to comments.Cop tells student filming him: ‘You just lost your free speech rights!’ [VIDEO]
Posted on 02/27/2014 6:47:27 AM PST by servo1969
A chilling video of Maryland police silencing an innocent student who was recording the arrests of two other people has civil libertarians outraged.
The arrests were made at night on the streets of Towson, Maryland. A University of Maryland-Baltimore County student who witnessed the arrests decided to record them using his cell phone. The student, 21-year-old Sergio Gutierrez, was soon approached by officers who objected wrongly to his actions.
Gutierrez repeatedly told the officers that he knew he had the right to film them, but the cops were prepared to use any excuse to shut him down. First they told him that he was hampering their investigation, even though he was standing well enough away while the arrests were being made.
Still, the student maintained that he was in the right.
I am allowed to film, said Gutierrez.
The cops told him that he was diverting their attention and that he had to leave. When Gutierrez persisted, they told him that he would be arrested if he did not stop recording.
I thought I had freedom of speech here, he said.
The cops answer? You dont. You just lost it. Walk away and keep your mouth shut.
Police shoved Gutierrez, told him to shut your f---ing mouth, and eventually forced him to leave the area.
Many of the people who watched the video were disturbed by the officers behavior. So too was the Baltimore County police department, which has launched an investigation, according to WBALTV-11.
Gutierrez told local news that he was glad he recorded the incident. Police may have acted even worse if they knew the camera was off, he said.
This does not bode well.
“The fish rots from the head”. Obama pays no attention to laws, so why would anyone else?
Police are out of control. They are just mad that they can’t beat the crap out of someone anymore because of cameras. This guy needs to be fired immediately.
This has been the case in these parts of south Kalifornia for at least forty years.
Actually the more and more I hear of these kinds of incidents, the more and more I am lead to believe we’ve always had police brutality/abuse. It is just with modern technology they are getting caught more violating citizens rights.
On one hand, though, police are allowed to lawfully order people out of an area for legit reasons. If you don't move, the level of force escalates. Yeah, this cop is an idiot, but let's not make this into the Ukraine.
That's a brilliant observation, and allow me to expand on it under the meme of everything is bass ackwards: Democrats are at war with conservatives and think our sworn enemies abroad are no problem. The GOPe is at war with the Tea Party and thinks the Democrats are no problem. Bureaucrats now make more money than entrepreneurs who take all the risk and who pay the very bureaucrats who destroy them. I could go on and on (and I do in my books) - but we're in bass ackward times.
You win the cigar.
Fired? What about charged with official oppression, and denial of civil rights under color of authority? Possession of a firearm while committing a felony? There’s much more than this officer’s job at stake here.
This is what scares me when I see police departments advertising for recruits as shockingly low salaries.
When you go dumpster-diving like that you are bound to hire low quality, maladjusted people.
Don’t worry, the police investigation will find that the officers did nothing wrong and the whole thing will be swept under the rug.
As public servants and public employees, everything an officer does in his official duties is a matter of public record. When that record is a written record that the officer creates, they have control of the story and how it’s told. When it’s on video, the story unfolds (more or less) as it actually occurs, so they can’t spin it in their favor if they do something that puts them in a bad light.
This cop committed multiple Federal felonies. Google up 18USC242.
There are alot of conservatives out there who are having a hard time dealing with increasing reports of police state issues. Some believe you should blindly obey LEO even if they are acting unconstitutionally. They live in Leave it to Beaver times. False arrests are proliferating. I was recently arrested trying to demonstrate on a median. He wanted me on the curb seated I refused. He expected me to carry my ID on my person...I was on foot. Had to get an ACLU attorney for this one. Then there was the girl jogger in Austin-she violated the signal at an intersection as a pedestrian was detained and did not hear the cops approaching her from behind. In her case the cop had probable cause and will likely succeed in avoiding litigation (he will get “qualified immunity”). Tort Reform will keep costs down for cities or govt. entities so they will never have the fear of a large sledgehammer cost lawsuit to inspire them to train their officers correctly. The pincers between Tort Reform (forced settlements) and the SCOTUS case Atwater (2001) will blossom police civil rights abuse against citizens. In Texas, the Ruling Class has successfully neutered the trial lawyers on many areas of law, capping awards, creating a judicial branch with executive authority for judges to dismiss out of hand...it will end up being a problem.Anyway here is my vid on my arrest...I DID FILM! https://vimeo.com/87769802
Police have been fired for this in the past, and departments and cities have been sued. And taxpayers always pick up the tab.
Sue the individual law enforcement personnel instead, and these incidents (crimes) will stop.
I would have said something like, "Sure you can film! Just do it while you're walking away from this area, which is now a crime scene. Or did you want to be taken to the station house to be interviewed over then next several hours about what you saw here and your phone taken as evidence?"
The public wants all the bad guys off the streets and all the crimes solved. But they don't realize it's not an episode of Law & Order and bystanders get hurt all the time.
Again, let me say, this cop is an idiot. Don't accuse me of defending him.
On a 1983 civil rights case you must sue the cop first....they do get sued.
Maryland just went through an expensive lawsuit over this last year, and the police lost. Why didn’t Baltimore County get the memo?
Today’s ‘police’ force is nothing more than ANOTHER gang.
We need to abolish them. They do NOT keep law or order anymore. They’re a legalized gang.
Do you have a version WITHOUT the music?
I can barely hear what everyone’s saying.
Yeah, but not so much anymore.
Not in this economy.
The proper way to run law enforcement is as it has always been. Moderately low pay with little advancement. Fill it with young men who work it for a few years and then get out. Nothing else is financially viable.
The people who could be persuaded that another path could be viable are responsible for our unfunded public pension mess. And only those people. All of them. No exceptions even if they are Freepers.
We knew the math back in the seventies. Politicians promised someday the money to pay for all these increasing numbers of lifelong government workers would materialize. Idiots from both major parties were foolish enough to believe an obvious lie because they wanted it to be true.
It sounds so desirable. How can something that sounds so reasonable be wrong?
Because of math. Math doesn’t care. Math has no mercy.
This message has been brought to you by unpleasant reality.
Cops don’t mind being photographed for the show “Cops” and similar documentaries.The obvious reason is that they have “creative control” over what segments will air, and they’re usually on their good behavior while on camera. Any misconduct will hit the cutting room floor, to borrow a phrase from the movies.
Or perhaps the cop thought that the cameraman was about to rush him. Cell phone cameras are blunt instruments, and can do great damage close-quarters.
I think we all ought to applaud the cop for showing great restraint in not shooting the cameraman, or any dogs that happened to be nearby.
Thanks for posting that informative article. Covers most things that could happen if a citizen thinks of recording an incident involving officers of the law.
I am pretty sure that cops are overpaid no matter what you pay them.
So why should a State pay any attention to a federal judge who nullifies their marriage laws or any other law or amendment to their State's Constitution? "Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander'.
So true. I've always said the left is math-impaired. They're not so hot on any of the hard sciences, in fact.
The guy doing the recording should have told the cop that he was just ignoring any law that supposedly forbids his actions. Just like Obama does. Works for him doesn’t it? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
We need sensible cops, we don’t need jackbooted Stasi.
You just did defend him. This cop is now a felon. Did you even read the Statute I cited?
Cops have no respect anymore.
I’m reminded of this scene from A Clockwork Orange, when Alex encounters his former friends who were now policemen.
If you're standing on a crime scene and cops are fighting with a suspect can you be moved fomr the area for your safety? And if you turn into a little punk with an iPhone and won't leave, then it's on you. Now the cops have to deal with wide-eyed (propbably drunk) gawkers who want a cool video while the other cops are rolling around with the suspect.
Again, I'm not defending the cops words and tactics. I'm saying he had a duty to do what he did. He just did it in the absolute wrong way.
Do you heat your home with CO2?
In a just world the cop would lose his job and pension.
no, you are merely defending the tactics used...
Ha. Force of habit. Of course I meant CO.
Please see the last line in my post #36. His tactics were awful.
No doubt looking for a rug to sweep this under..
County deputies here average 45k plus more beni’s than the rest of us get. This is rural N.C. Down the road in York county S.C. a deputy shot a 72 year old man that was ordered out of his car. He complied ,grabbed his cane and was rewarded with a sw 40 hollow point. I trust the police about as much as our elected officials.
I do. will post soon