I watched a video on YouTube which is another “police infringing on out rights” piece. I am posting it below. The issue I have with many of these video’s is the cops are set up and the person filming is basically begging for trouble. Don’t get me wrong – police should NOT infringe on our rights, but come on! In the video below a guy is filming police vans coming into a police parking garage. Would a terrorist do something like this as part of a planning event prior to an attack? Sure. Does the police officer have a DUTY and responsibility to ask why someone would be filming a police station? I think so.
Here is the video:
In this video the officer was polite and professional. Technically I have the right to video tape in a public area whenever I want to but I also think that if I am videotaping a police department I should expect to get questions. I would absolutely take offense to being questioned if I was videotaping a tourist attraction.
Another situation I saw was a man that was videotaping a SWAT team across his street going into a house. They had a warrant and law enforcement announced over a loud speaker that everyone should go inside and lock their doors. The man videotaping refused to go in and was eventually arrested. He was on his own property and stated he did not have to go inside. Did the officer have a DUTY and responsibility to protect the man from his own decisions regardless of his “rights”? If there ended up being a shootout across the street and the man videotaping was shot – he would likely sue the department. Tough situation.
I am sure some of you may disagree and that is fine as I am pulled in a couple directions on this myself. The problem I have is these people going out and instigating the cops – just to try to lure them into saying or doing something to fit within their agenda. Is there a trend of abusive law enforcement infringing on our rights? Absolutely – but there are many good cops out there as well.
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