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Criticizing Cop Parking, Recording Gets Two Nevada Men Arrested

July 10, 2013 by  

An incident that occurred in Nevada three months ago proves two things: Some cops really hate being criticized for how they park. And most really don’t like being recorded.

Via Carlos Miller’s blog, “Photography is Not a Crime”:

Law enforcement officers pounced on a man with a camera who was openly criticizing their parking habits outside a Nevada casino before pouncing on another man video recording the first altercation, seizing both cameras as “evidence” before turning to a couple of other witnesses and seizing their cameras as well.

Today, three months later, none of the cameras have been returned, but the man who was arrested has obtained footage from two of the four seized cameras as discovery as he prepares for his trial.

The man, who goes by MrMike Smith on Facebook, said the incident took place April 7 in Stateline, Nevada and involved Douglas County sheriff deputies and South Lake Tahoe police.

He is facing two counts of obstruction and expects to go to trial next month.

You can see his video at the top and will probably agree that he came across very obnoxious, not to mention he would not hold his phone in the horizontal position to record in landscape mode.

But that still didn’t give the cops the right to arrest him and take his camera.

And it gave them even less right to seize cameras from the witnesses, including the one in the video below.

*Bold emphasis added.

Miller, who started his blog after running into legal trouble for video recording police officers, has chronicled a trend of officers throughout the Nation confiscating recording devices from civilians in recent years. For the most part, Miller contends, officers are trying to avoid starring in YouTube videos if they make Constitutional mistakes or abuse their authority.

Watch videos of the Nevada incident below:

 

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • http://shadow1776.wordpress.com shadow1776

    I think if you start making examples of the police, maybe they wouldnt act so cocky. Then we could do the same to polaticians.

  • Larry

    In the first video the LEO said it was a crime scene, if so I might expect more officers to be arriving. From what I’ve seen in an emergency or crime scene LEO’s have a habit of stopping and parking in the non-traditional manner. Now with the first videographer, he seemed more concerned about getting a crowd to riot, if he was only concerned about the parking habits of the police it would make more sense to get vehicle ID’s and show they were parked in a perhaps a fire lane, as an example. Then in the second video he’s screaming about his rights as he is resisting the officers (this can be seen in the second video) then as he is being taken to the ground he starts screaming that he is not resisting. Wether the officers were in the right or wrong, no resistance of any kind on his part would hold more creedence in his alagations against the officers. Well that’s my 2¢ worth.

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  • LEO

    This is yet another ingnominious example of stupid behavior and entitlement. This dumb, ignorant jackass sees 4 Police vehicles with lights running and is compelled to film them. He is informed that he is in a crime scene, likely the reason the Police parked as they did. To the Moron that taped this, did you ever consider that Police park their vehicles upon arrival to a crime for a REASON!!! Idiot!!! It’s not random! They position the vehicles specifically to either block exits, use as safety barricades for themselves if an unexpected event arrises from the scene and many other reasons! Violation of your civil rights??? You have no understanding of your rights obviously. Is it a crime to stand where you want and video something? Sometimes, like during a crime scene investigation!!! Stupid!

  • LEO

    I so often hear or read statements from people that what they are doing is not a crime and they have the right to do it. OK…Let me drop my IQ to below 80 for a moment to relate to such people. I enjoy recreational firearm shooting and that’s legal;therefore, I can shoot paper targets anywhere and anytime I want…sound illegal at this point? Hmmm…IDIOTS!!!!!

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