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Cameraman Arrested by Suffolk County Police
From: stringertv | Jul 29, 2011 | 306 views
This was the end of a police chase and the Sgt. doesn't want video coverage from a credentialed member of the press. The photog asks how far to move back but the sgt. says no you can't shoot it at all. Notice the road is open to traffic, there are people without a camera that are standing there and even some kids walk straight through the scene. The photog moves a block away and shoots from the next street over and that's when he's arrested and charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration....how can you obstruct from a block away.
Watch the 30 year veteran almost run the cameraman down with his car.
Ive been doing this for 30 years and theres nothing you can hold over my head, the sergeant tells the reporter.
Now, maybe I'm an idiot but, if this is an 'active investigation', shouldn't there be tape up, road blocks, etc? Why can cars drive right by, and people walk through the area, yet a cameraman gets hassled, detained, threatened and then arrested?
For doing his job?
For doing a -LEGAL- activity. (This is in plain site. In NY, plain site is fair game.)
I have a suggestion for this particular police department.
Invest in Romulan Cloaking Devices.
Law Enforcement needs to realize that -they- are under 24/7/365 surveillance by the public and stop their petty retaliatory actions.
You have dash cams, and head mounts, and traffic cams, and cams on poles.
We have cell phones with internet access.
You act like jerks, and it's going out.
You trump up charges, it still goes out.
You collect phones at gun point, it's still going out.
Maybe you need to reread the oaths you swore and realize that not every one of us is a criminal but that continued actions like this is why so many of the public now view you not as our friends, our protectors, our defenders, but our opponents, our enemies, and threats?
You have every right to deal with threats in your legally prescribed and professional ways.
Yes, not everyone with a camera likes you, and some of us are *** holes out to make you look bad.
You don't need to help the *** holes among us achieve their goals.
Some of us, still believe you are the good guys.
We however need your help to remind the rest of us of that.
Being caught on camera as thugs will not help you regain our trust and support.
There needs to be less of these videos posted on the internet.
Not because you censored us.
Because there was no ugly event to post at all.
It's up to you.
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