Cop Goes Crazy at Innocent Guys Filming a Wal-Mart in Houston

Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread and continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places. They often quickly resort to harassing, detaining, arresting, and even fabricating false charges against those who fail to comply. This video taken in 2012 is a shining example.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AS A PHOTOGRAPHER: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

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  • wolf

    pigs go away

  • robertsgt40

    A DHS/TSA/SWAT wanna be

  • yo namo

    Quota Arrest Cop on Private Prison population-building campaign.

  • Joe

    I think that guy is a security guard, not a cop. Either that or the cops in that neighborhood are pretty low-ball and badly groomed.

    While the guy did go completely nuts on camera, winding up authorities on video is not such a good idea if they’re armed. He got upset when you pointed the camera at him, when you said you weren’t pointing it at him, and then laughed about it.

    Tricking really stupid cops or security guards into losing it while exercising your constitutional right to film in public places is a dangerous game, isn’t it?

    I like how he conflates not obeying his every instruction with “resisting arrest”. He was complaining that the person was “resisting” but that’s not a crime unless what they’re resisting is a lawful arrest.

    There is no crime in not obeying a policeman’s command. Police may not “lawfully order” civilians around without arresting them, unless they are requesting the person not to violate an existing law, i.e. doing you a favour. Arrest, citation, or violence and arrest, is their only recourse.

    They can’t arrest or legally kill you for not following their extra-legal suggestions, although if you don’t you’d be right, but you may also be dead-right.

  • Jeff

    That security guard defiantly has an inferiority complex. He probably wets himself every time he uses the toilet because he always pulls out the wrong hair to take a leak.