Police are scared of citizens with cell phones that have video capability. Citizens can record what the police do. This woman claims that she was beaten by three police officers. The police took her cell phone and removed the card.
This made it into the local newspaper and onto local TV.
The police are saying nothing. They are hoping this will blow over. I don’t think it will. A lot of people own cell phones. They will notice.
Here is the description of her condition: bruised face, bruised arm, bruised lips
Lewis’ husband, Sebastian Prevot, was taken into custody Friday morning and charged with resisting arrest. Houston police declined to comment on his case and said the incident report would not be available until Monday.
On the phone, Prevot said he did not stop far enough behind a stop sign. Prevot said he was pulled over then beaten in front of his northeast Houston home. Lewis, who was inside, came out armed with her cell phone. She said she recorded video until officers took her memory card.
Local activists are filing a formal complaint.
You would think that police departments would stop this sort of thing. At some point, cell phones and cameras will be so cheap that families have two of them: “One for show, and one for YouTube.”
We are still a free society. The nooses are tightening, but we can still fight back. The tools of this battle are getting cheaper. At the local level, we still have the ability to resist. But, for now, be prepared to be beaten up and the video card removed by force.