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Man Assaulted By Maryland Police For Filming Arrest

A young man in Maryland reportedly “lost” his First Amendment right Sunday while attempting to film a police encounter.

In cellphone footage uploaded to Vimeo, a large group of police, thought to be from the Baltimore County Police Department, can be seen arresting two people as a massive crowd watches from the sidewalk. As the video’s author quietly films, one officer spots the camera and immediately approaches.

“Get out of my face,” the officer bizarrely says after walking up to the camera.

Despite being surrounded by countless people, the cameraman is specifically singled out as more police approach and begin demanding he leave the area.

“Get the hell out of here!” a second officer says. “You diverted my attention!”

Attempting to assert his Constitutional right, the cameraman is suddenly assaulted as the second officer begins pushing him down the street.

As the cameraman walks away from the scene, a group of officers continue to follow, clearly upset that they are still being legally filmed.

Another officer corners the cameraman and begins to threaten him with jail time, refusing to point out any illegal activity or crime committed.

“We’re not f*cking around, do you understand?” the officer says. “Walk away and shut your f*cking mouth or you’re going to jail.”

Again attempting to find out what crime he has committed, the cameraman’s arm is suddenly twisted behind his back as the enraged officer continues his threats.

“I thought I had freedom of speech?” the cameraman asks.

“You don’t, you just lost it,” the officer states.

Although the Supreme Court has continued to uphold the right to film police, First Amendment violations seem to be on the increase as cameras become more commonplace.

Just last week, a Florida woman was assaulted by police for trying to record her own traffic stop. Despite an officer claiming her actions were illegal, her charges were quickly dropped after spending the night in jail.

The week prior, a New York man was harassed and assaulted by police for filming from 30 feet away. Although officers attempted to delete the man’s footage, their police report was soon found to be false after the encounter was retrieved from the phone.

As some police become increasingly hostile to the First Amendment, others set the example by defending it. In 2012, Sheriff Stan Lenic became an internet sensation after refusing to detain activists legally filming at New York’s Albany International Airport.


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  1. JBT's.

    We live in a militarized state.

    • More pig thugs.

      Cops now a days are really big POS's.

      What ever happen to "protect and serve'?

      • Precisely.

        You and I had a similar conversation here last week, on the thread where the JBT arrested the woman. The time is fast approaching, where people must stand up in earnest, and push back. These "cops" have no real authority. They are paid carnival cops.

        It was a good conversation.

        Until it was all deleted.

        • Yes, I remember itr was a great conversation. We have to do something elections are not helping

        • I love the fact that this site brings police corruption out. Every week we see more and more of this

          • I don't love the way you ignore the clear cut obvious solutions and ignore the established ways of combating it.

            Recalls. Grand Juries. More videos and more documentation of abuse for support of court cases and litigation.

          • Wee,

            I concur.
            This is one of the few sites that will touch police corruption.

          • I know. More people need to be aware of this site

          • I really do enjoy this website.

            Perhaps now that the idiot can't delete everyone's comments, more people will participate.

            Wouldn't it be hilarious, if he was the one who complained, got the report button removed, and now must live with his consequences?

            Justice is sweet!

          • I do as well.

            It would be funny.

          • Wee,

            It is driving that pig schtupper crazy that I won't respond to his comments to me.

          • Of course it is. It feeds off conflict and attention. IT's hard not to give in and put it in it's place, but it's the best thing to do to keep it from wrecking this site

          • Wee,

            See how it worked?

            He got bored from lack of attention and left. He is now over at Speak Out. He will make the rounds like a drunk, signing the books. He'll go to Speak Out, and Navys Site, and the Birther site, maybe hit a few more and try to get attention.

            Sick little prick.

          • Yep, thats fine. The more he is gone from here the better

          • Opps,

            I spoke too soon. He is back.

            The sewer must be blocked.

          • And I'm afraid if I unplug it you might leak out.

            The more you as a posse spew and distract them more it's apparent why you're here. And it's not to debate and discuss the topics.

          • Justice is sweet, and trolls meanderings isn't.

      • Cops have no legal obligation to protect the public. Take a look at Hartzler v. City of san Jose.… or simply search online "cops have no legal obligation to protect and serve".

  2. And you just lost your job bitch…

  3. Rodney King was over 20 years ago and now nearly everyone in the US has a video phone,
    and the knowledge that they can legally film on private property. When will cops catch on?

  4. Meant to say film on public property.

  5. thanks .now nearly everyone in the US has a video phone,
    and the knowledge that they can legally film on private property

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