Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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.

For the rest of the story: http://www.storyleak.com/man-singled-assaulted-maryland-police-filming-arrest/

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