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6.29.2015

Addison: Video Guy Might Be A Jerk, But He's Correct



It's legal to film the police in public. And a person cannot be detained unless there is a reasonable suspicion to "suggest that something of an apparently criminal nature is afoot". (It's a bizarre standard but it is not met in this case.)  Finally, unless you are being legally detained, you don't have to identify yourself to the police officer.

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17 comments:

Bear said...

I would think that after the recent attack on Dallas PD, that it is reasonable to detain someone for filming a PD office without just cause to do so.

People like this guy are why otherwise law abiding citizens are constantly harassed.

Get a life and do something that matters.

Anonymous said...

Bear:
So it is reasonable to be detained for not doing anything illegal? I have friends and family in law enforcement, but your first part of your comment is stupid. Was he pushing it in filming, possibly but it wasn't illegal. If we let cops stop us because they don't like what we are doing when what we are doing is legal.... whole can of worms.

Anonymous said...

They hate us for our freedom.

Bear said...

Anonymous at 1:05

So the cops don't have the right to investigate suspicious activity? I would say that someone just standing around filming the police station is either trying to cause trouble, or is up to no good with future harm in mind. Either is a reason for the police to investigate.

It is idiots like you that are going to get us all killed with that "It's my right" attitude. It may be your right, but it is not very smart.

DF Andy Griffith said...

I'm usually always against the cops in situations like this, and I'm not sure why the cop initially came cross the street to question the guy who seem like he was just standing there with a camera, but this cameraman really does seem like a jackass and I think the cops were in the right in this situation… I don't think it's right for people to antagonize the police just to try to show that their bad side...this dude was out looking for trouble, and that's exactly what he got. You act like a jackass you're going to get treated like a jackass

Anonymous said...

I'm not an expert on what is illegal but it seems to be unreasonable for individuals to provoke law enforcement just for the hell of it or out of spite.

This person obviously has every right to video tape whatever or whoever they want to. Freedom of speech, Freedom of Press, Freedom of blah, blah, blah...

But if I go to someone's home, loiter around their property, video tape and record their dwelling... It would seem to be viewed as suspicious activity. The Dept of Homeland Security advises individuals to contact local law enforcement regarding suspicious activity. Thus giving local law enforcement the ability to question the individual causing the suspicious activity. Surveillance of this nature presents no justifiable reason and does not lead to good things...

Anonymous said...

ok 1:05, if the same guy was standing in front of your house or your place of business running video of it just because he wanted to, its your position then that that's fine & dandy with you?? what if your wife/mother/sister or children are present at the time ?? does that change how you feel? the dude accomplished what he wanted, and that was to see if he could stir something up. he did and now the cheesey little prick wants his 15 minutes of fame.

your entire comment is stupid

Anonymous said...

If you can't find the shift key you might want to refrain from calling someone else stupid

Bear said...

Grammar police. That is all some have to contribute to the conversation.

Anonymous said...

Bear:
I never said they didn't have the right to investigate. You said "detain". Still he was not doing anything illegal. It's idiots like you who will help to lose the "rights" of citizens.
2:33
We aren't talking about a residence here. We are talking about a police station. So reread the article before you post stupid comments.

I am not saying what the guy did was smart.

Anonymous said...

2:33, you're suspicious to me. I need your full ID right now.

Anonymous said...

You have every right to your cameras and your weapons.

Hint: Keep them both hidden and they will be more effective when TSHTF.

YOUR FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD ANARCHIST

Anonymous said...



You have here, the defense Lawyer telling you to openly defy the law (even if you are correct) because never fear defense is near!!

???? I sell windows............OH, everybody pick up a rock...
I need the work too. :)

Anonymous said...


This guy is a thug, he wants to start problems. Testing his rights? Go in a bank and start taking pictures.. Photograph the vault the security cameras and the layout..it's the same difference. Then become combative when confronted, it's the same difference. RIGHTS? Really people?

Just like the asshole who walked up behind me and exhaled his cigarette all over my clothes, hair and body. I turned to question him, he said he had a right to smoke, I said I have the right to shoot my gun -just not where you are standing. Rights are about the ability to determine if you really need to exercise them. Do we need to provoke the Police at this day and time? I'll let you geniuses decide.

Anonymous said...

Testing his rights? Go in a bank and start taking pictures.. Photograph the vault the security cameras and the layout..it's the same difference.-9:15

No, there's a huge difference. He was standing on a public sidewalk across the street. He wasn't interfering with anyone. He was not on private property. The cop is a paranoid pussy.

Anonymous said...

Two peckernecks that just met. Both need their butts kicked.

Anonymous said...

yes bear, its true, sometimes the only reply is to be the "grammar police". hey what are those little marks surrounding grammar police. I must have inadvertently hit the wrong key twice :-)