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Video Cops? Disorderly Conduct. Confiscated Camera.

Written by Gary North on January 23, 2012

The police are afraid of cell phones that shoot videos and other YouTube-eligible videos. They are taking steps to make sure citizens do not use these tools in a disorderly way. Example:

Mannie Garcia says he was within his rights when he filmed Montgomery County police officers arrest two men last summer in Wheaton.

The Kensington photojournalist, who has covered the White House, Congress, wars in Eastern Europe and genocide in Africa, was walking out of the Woomi Restaurant on Hickerson Drive on June 16 when he noticed three officers arresting the men across the street. He took out a new camera he had been showing off to a friend at dinner and started recording.

Garcia said he identified himself as a member of the press, but during the next few minutes, an officer grabbed him by the neck, dragged him to a police cruiser and handcuffed him before taking the recording chip out of his camera. He was charged with disorderly conduct — a charge a district court judge threw out in December.

Mr. Garcia does not understand how disorderly his conduct was. It threatened orderly police practices. These practices are ignored by voters. This is how the police prefer things. YouTube videos of violations of basic civil rights are a threat to public order.

Mr Garcia has a different view.

“Everyone in this country has the same right to document public officials in the performance of their duty, as long as it’s not interfering with them,” Garcia said. “Everyone has a right, and people need to know that it’s OK to stand on public property and pick up your phone and record the police activity that’s happening across the street.”

His is one of a number of Maryland cases involving the right to record police officers.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division last week urged a federal court to side with a Howard County man in a lawsuit about his cell phone being seized by Baltimore police after he filmed officers making an arrest. Federal attorneys wrote in a “statement of interest” that recording police officers performing their duties is protected by the Constitution, promotes accountability and instills public confidence.

The police are, of course, stonewalling.

Capt. Christina Faass, director of the Montgomery County Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division, said Garcia’s formal complaint still is under investigation and the investigation was delayed because of several postponements to the criminal trial.

The fact that he was arrested has disrupted his profession.

Garcia, who in October could not renew his White House photo credential because of the pending charges, said he’s frustrated by the lack of a response from police.

As video technology spreads, the police feel threatened. There will be lots more incidents like these.

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10 thoughts on “Video Cops? Disorderly Conduct. Confiscated Camera.

  1. So where is the ACLU on this one? This is the kind of 'rights violation' they should be trying to protect against. Instead they are spending their time attempting to strangle the free practice of religion.

  2. These are public officials that my tax payer dollars are paying salaries to & we have every right to record what they are doing in public. Seems funny that when the shoe is on the other foot & I am doing it, it should be against the law but ok for them to do it??? Something wrong with this picture for sure

  3. What happens if a store owners security camera's happen to catch something? I guess the store owner could be charged with disorderly conduct?

  4. Mike Breslin says:

    The key is to record it surreptitiously, not get noticed, then post it as anonymously as possible.

  5. gimmieagun says:

    Welcome to the New World Order and the POLICE STATE THAT IS EMERGING BEFORE OUR VERY EYE'S SOON THEY WILL JUST SHOOT YOU AND ASK QUESTIONS LATER MUCH LATER SO IF ALL YOU US EDUCATED IDIOT'S HAVE A SMALL AMOUNT OF BRAIN MATTER LEFT BETTER WAKE UP AMERICA IT IS ALMOST ———TOO LATE THE DOOR IS ALMOST SHUT think about it then vote your brain and not political color correct stupidity.

  6. PrincessPhilly says:

    Sue the police officers and the department for unlawful arrest and using unlawful and unnecessary force. Make them pay big time.

  7. Just disband the police and then we would only have to keep an eye out for criminals.

  8. well, yes and no.. Its according to what the pictures will be used for. As I understand it the person they are arresting is innocent till proven guilty. Some people might say otherwise and say "well if they arrested him he must be guilty. Its a catch22. I guess you could edit the one being arrested face out and still get the picture it would seem.

  9. Richard M says:

    Police Departments all over America's favorite obfuscation is "no comment, this is still under investigation." These bastard goons have no respect for the law, the people of this country or our Constitution. They should all be welcomed at the White House. I'm sure Barack Hussein Obama would just love to throw a party for them. This entire Barack Hussien Obama administration and the federal government are illegal. These goons in the federal govt. need to be have grand jury indictments brought down on these punks who think they can violate our laws, our Constitution, our Bill of Rights with impunity! WHO THE HELL DO THEY THINK THEY ARE?! Not just Obama, or Holder, but the whole damn lot of them and Congress too. You think all those self-serving slime in Congress didn't know BHO is ineligible to be POTUS? Of course they know. They and the MSM never bothered to vet Barack Hussein Obama in the first place. All they do is lie to the American people 24/7. This govt is out of control and needs to be realiated against for crimes against our Rule of Law! These corrupt bastards are a bunch of lawbreakers. Indict, indict, indict!!!!!

  10. The cops are totally lazy. They need to learn to come to the suspect's house at 4 in the morning and arrest him, like the NKVD, or the S.S. If you are going to run a totalitarian dictatorship, you need to learn how to do it first.