- Idaho Police Harass Cyclists, Ordering Them to Stop Recording (PINAC, Oct 24, 2014):
Back in August, a group of friends in Caldwell Idaho were detained by local law enforcement after being asked to leave a local skate park for being there after hours. The park closes at 11 p.m. The police report says the officer arrived at 11:12.
The situation escalated when one of the detainees began recording the exchange. Although the phone is pointed towards the ground, the audio from the clip gives a pretty clear depiction of the scene.
According to ABC6:
“I need you to put that cell phone down right now because you are detained. Give me the cell phone. Give me the cell phone,” the officer said.
“It is within my legal rights,” replied one of the men.
”No you’re not. You don’t have any legal rights now because right now you just broke the law,” the officer replies.
Since when do citizens lose their rights? You would think those rights would be especially important during moments of police interaction. Continue reading »