February 27, 2014
Two short videos posted on Youtube in recent days, one from California, the other from Florida, resulted in police reaching for their guns against the citizens who were recording them.
In the shortest video, which lasts only 12 seconds, a man gets confronted by San Francisco cops who surround him as he pulls out his camera phone with one of them telling him, “put that thing away.”
He responds by saying, “I have the right to document,” but his phone is snatched away.
In his Youtube description, the man says he was stopped by a motorcycle cop for jaywalking, then tried to pull out a camera, which incidentally, didn’t have a memory card, so he resorted to his Android, but that resulted in him being handcuffed and detained.