posted on Jun, 22 2011 @ 06:01 PM
I'm kind of on the fence with this one. Although I almost always side with the public since I'm no fan of police or any other authority figure, this
one is a little different.
1. The officer politely asked her to go in her house, where she could have continued filming without interuption. Compared to most of these
altercations he seemed calm and did not scream or yell at her. The "I don't feel safe" comment, though obviously nonsense, was an indication he was
instructed on what to say in this type of situation, as soon as I heard it I knew the scale had tipped.. You can be pretty sure every department in
the country has had recent training on how to handle the cell phone camera problem.
2. He gave her several warnings, he told her she would be arrested, he gave her time to walk away without further incident. He never told her to stop
filming, just to go in her house. Her decision to refuse was pretty much like poking a badger with a stick, it's not going to end well.
3. He indicates the woman made comments that were anti police before she began filming, if this is so and she just has a big mouth maybe she did it on
purpose to get more hits on you tube.
On the other hand..............
1. The officer should have just ignored her, they were handling the arrest without incident and it would have been the most boring video ever. A non
issue became a big deal only because he let her get to him.
2. If some civil rights group or attorney gets involved and it goes to court the officer will have to explain how a female with a cell phone was able
to intimidate three armed police officers to the point where they did not feel safe.
3. The recent incidents in Florida and elsewhere make this a very hot topic, people will test the waters and some will try to stir the pot. Was it
really worth risking public outrage just to establish who was in control?