A Lakeside Walmart customer pulled out his cell phone in front of the store on Monday evening to capture video of Lakeside Police arresting a man suspected of shoplifting. The man shooting the video, Chris Hoover, didn’t expect he’d end up in handcuffs, too.
The video shows two police officers wrestling a man on the ground. When they get the man in cuffs one officer realizes there is a camera. During the commotion the officer points at the camera and says “that phone is evidence. I want it.” Hoover then says “it’s mine.”
“So he snatched it out of my hand… I wasn’t going to resist. He grabbed my wrist, and then he put me in cuffs,” Hoover said.
Lakeside police would not go on camera, citing an ongoing investigation. However, they did say they stand by their officers. They say police have a right to detain someone if they have video of a crime.