Posts Tagged ‘Body Cam’

WATCH: WASHINGTON COP SHOOTS UNARMED MAN

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Antonio Davis, 25, was shot by cops in Spokane, Washington on September 18, 2017. Davis was unarmed.
Newly released body camera footage of the shooting was made available on Wednesday.
Officers Tucker Seitz and Chris McMurtrey were in a vehicle pursuit with Davis. Davis refused to stop because he had felony warrants.
Davis eventually wrecked his vehicle and took off on foot along with his passenger.
As Seitz and McMurtrey zerored in on Davis they yelled for him to stop and threatned to shoot him.
It was then that cops say Davis charged at Seitz prompting him to shoot Davis.
Seitz never turned his body camera on, so his vantage point is not avalable, but the video we do have is from McMurtrey.
Davis can be heard saying, “You shot me, I ain’t gonna move. I ain’t gonna move. Oh, my god. Call an ambulance … Call an ambulance, please.”
Capt. Brad Arleth of the Spokane Police Department said that it is not uncommon for officers to forget to turn on their body cameras. The Captain went on to say:
“Officers assumed Davis was armed based on previous bulletins from Nevada that said Davis was wanted for unlawful possession of a firearm, assault and shooting at a vehicle. The bulletin also mentioned Davis was a suspect in a homicide and that the weapon in that homicide had not been found.”
A 9mm gun was found in Davis’s vehicle upon the shooting.
On Dec. 5, 2017 prosecutors determined that the shooting was justified and decided not to press charges against Seitz. Prosecutors said it was,
“Reasonable for Officer Seitz to use deadly force, because Davis presented a serious and immediate threat,”
the prosecutors added,
“There is no indication Officer Seitz acted out of malice or lacked a good faith belief in the correctness of his actions. Therefore, no criminal liability attaches and no criminal charges

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WATCH: Michigan Cops Handcuff 11-Year-Old at Gunpoint

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Body cam footage shows Michigan cops handcuffing an 11-year-old at gunpoint while looking for an attempted murder suspect on December 6.
The only problem: the murder suspect was a 40-year-old white woman named Carrie Manning.
Footage from the 45-second clip shows Grand Rapids cops treating Honestie Hodges like an adult suspect as she screams in terror.
Honestie approaches police with  her hands up, but apparently approached to quickly for one of the officers.
He tells her to put her hands on her head, instructing her to turn around and walk backwards towards him.
“You’re fine. You’re not going to jail or anything,” one officer tells Honestie while he cuffs her as her mother screams at officers in the back ground.
“That’s my child!”
“She’s 11 years old!”
“I didn’t know what was going on,” Honestie, who was on her way to the store with her mom when police confronted them outside of their door, said.
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” she told WXMI.
“I’ve never got in trouble by the Grand Rapids Police. I used to want to be a Grand Rapids police officer, but ever since that happened, I want nothing to do with them.”
Grand Rapids Police Chief  David Rahinsky said the officers acted incorrectly during a press conference, which can be seen below.
“Are there incidents where you deal with young people who present a danger to either other people or themselves? Yes,” Rahinsky told reporters.
“But I don’t believe this is one of them.”
“You listen to the 11-year-old’s response, it makes my stomach turn,” he said. “It makes me physically nauseous.”
“I think we need to take a look at everything we do because if an officer can point to policy or can point to training or point to hiring and say, ‘This is what I was told, this is how I was taught, this is consistent with practice,’ then we’ve

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WATCH: Ohio Cops Taser Two Men for not Sitting Down

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Recently released body cam video shows two Ohio cops using their tasers to punish two brothers for not sitting down in their own home, even though neither of them were under arrest for committing a crime.
One of them suffered a collapsed lung, according to Cincinnati.com.
The incident left both men, who had clean records, with criminal convictions.
Cincinnati police officers Richard Sullivan and Lawrence Johnson responded to a call from Angela Brown, who called police to have her sons, Richard Coleman and James Crawley, removed from her apartment.
Their mother never specified why she wanted her sons out of her house, but Coleman says in the video that his mother is drunk.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer:

The men told city investigators they were at their mother’s apartment to help her grocery shop, with one saying Brown previously invited him to live there.
 
One of the experts said that the videos show the two officers actively escalating the situation instead of calming things down and eventually “using the Tasers as a form of torture to get them to do what they wanted them to do.”
 
“Anyone with any common sense can see the officers never give the kids a chance … and they immediately turned to a weapon that is one step below using lethal force,” said Gary A. Rini, a longtime police officer and commander from suburban Cleveland who now works as a police consultant and expert witness.
 
Following the incident, one of the brothers made a complaint to the Citizen Complaint Authority, which was created as part of the 2001 Collaborative Agreement to investigate allegations against police. Fraternal Order of Police President Hils requested that city investigators hold off on interviewing the officers until after the two men were fully prosecuted.

Officers Sullivan and Johnson arrived around 3:30 p.m. on August 8 to find Coleman, 24, sitting on the couch

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WATCH: North Carolina Cop Places Gun to Unarmed Man’s Head, Threatening to Kill Him

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

“Is your shit on? Cut it off,” said a North Carolina cop after he and several other cops roughed up a man.
Body cam footage released this week shows Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers punching and elbowing James Yarborough during an arrest while Yarborough was on the ground.
One of the officers then puts a gun to Yarborough’s head and says, “I will kill you.”
Thankfully, that officer did not make good on his promise, but he later noted in his report that he feared for his life because Yarborough was reaching for his waist.
Although the incident occurred in March 2016, the internal affairs department just cleared the case finding that all officers involved acted appropriately.
According to WBTV, police made a traffic stop on a truck Yarborough was the passenger in because the truck was involved in several larcenies. Yarborough casually exited the truck and then took off from police on foot.
The driver of the truck had a pistol laying in the truck, Yarborough being a convicted felon didn’t want to be hit with gun charges, so that is why he ran, he told WBTV News.
After a brief foot chase, an officer tackles Yarborough and a struggle ensues. That is when Officer Jon Dunham puts a gun to Yarborough’s head and says, “I will kill you, you understand? Give me your hand, now!” Yarborough continued to resist the four officers that were on top of him.
After an officer tasers Yarborough, he appears to be a bit more compliant, but the officers involved begin to hit and elbow him repeatedly until they get him handcuffed.
This is how Dunham described the incident in his report:
“At this point I observed him shove his hand towards his waistband. He was completely uncooperative,  I believed he was reaching for a gun in an attempt to seriously hurt me or Officer Michaels; knowing that suspects are known

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WATCH: FBI Agents Seize Cameras from PINAC Reporter Citing “Safety” Issues

Monday, April 24th, 2017

FBI agents in Texas ripped two cameras out of the hands of a PINAC reporter who was standing in front of a federal building legally recording from a public sidewalk Thursday, claiming they were in fear for their safety.
“I don’t want to be struck in the face,” said Keith A. Byers, an Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the El Paso FBI office at 660 South Mesa Hills Drive.
However, David Worden made no indication he would strike the agents in the face with his cameras.
In fact, Worden had been standing on the public sidewalk in front of the FBI building for more than 15 minutes, debating with a pair of other FBI agents about whether or not they had the right to tell him to stop recording, including one agent who made it clear he was not threatened by the cameras.
But Byers stormed up and swiped his camera anyway, a hulking man claiming to be terrified of cameras.
Keith Byers during a previous interview with mainstream media, apparently not fearing the cameras could be used as weapons.
Byers then had the two other agents grab Worden’s wrists to snatch his iPhone, which was live streaming, claiming that it could also be used as a weapon.
“When you don’t put the camera down and you tense up and I’m afraid you’re going to strike me or one of my agents, that’s why I physically took it away from you,” Byers said.
Worden said he was actually trying to call 911 for El Paso police to report the agent for ripping his other camera out of his hands.
“Am I being detained,” Worden demanded to know as they continued twisting his wrist.
“Yes, absolutely, because you’re being noncompliant and noncooperative,” one said, referring to the fact that he did not stop recording when they had “asked” him to do so.
Once

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WATCH: Award-Winning Kentucky Cop Shoots Unarmed Man Suspected of Using Drugs

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Kentucky cops entered an abandoned home looking for a man who had been accused of using drugs outside the home Wednesday, shooting the man within a second of ordering him to show his hands.
The incident was captured on the officer’s body cam and released Thursday.
“Show me your hands,” Louisville Metro police officer Sarah Stumler yells after discovering the man hiding behind a mattress leaning against the wall.
Then she fired her gun before even giving him a chance to show his hands, shooting Bruce Warrick once in the abdomen.
“Shit,” she says as the mattress and Warrick fall to the floor.
She then begins to administer first aid to the 38-year-old victim.
“You’re okay, just hold on,” Stumler says, who has received several awards and commendations over the years.
Now Warrick is listed in critical condition at a local hospital.
According to WDRB:
It happened in the 2600 block of Magazine Street near 26th Street. Chief Steve Conrad said First Division officers responded to a complaint just after 11:30 a.m. of a man doing drugs next to an abandoned house.
When officers arrived, they were told the man had gone into that house. More officers arrived, and three of them entered the house and announced their presence, Conrad said.
They searched the house, and upon leaving, Officer Sarah Stumler saw Bruce Warrick hiding behind a mattress in one of the rooms. She ordered Warrick, a black male, to show his hands.
Stumler then fired one shot, striking Warrick in the abdomen. Conrad said the officers called EMS and provided first aid while they waited for EMS to arrive. He explained why a taser was not used.
“When officers are going into a situation where they don’t know what sort of force they may encounter, it is not unusual to see officers with their weapons out,” Chief Conrad said.
Chief Conrad said he

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WATCH: Salt Lake City Cops Shoot Teen Wielding Metal Rod

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

After almost a year of legal wrangling between the ACLU and Utah prosecutors, body cam footage showing Salt Lake City police officers shooting a teenager wielding a metal rod was released Monday – four months after the cops were cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting.
The video shows Abdullahi “Abdi” Mohamed, 17, advancing towards a man named Kelly McRae while holding the metal rod before he is shot in front of a homeless shelter on February 27, 2016.
The teen does not appear to be raising the rod, which has been described as a broom or mop handle, but appears to be swinging it in a downward manner as McRae is walking backwards with his hands in the air as cops are yelling for him to drop it.
When the teen does not comply within five seconds, he is shot three times.
The teen ended up surviving and is now confined to a wheelchair, facing felony charges.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune:
Mohamed, now 18, was charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery and second-degree felony possession with intent to distribute. He is accused of assaulting a man with a hollow metal rod after a dispute about a drug purchase the night of Feb. 27, outside a downtown Salt Lake City homeless shelter.
Judge Julie Lund heard testimony about the alleged crimes Monday before finding that there was probable cause for the case to move forward. She will determine at a hearing next month whether Mohamed’s case will stay in juvenile court or move to the adult system.
After the court hearing, the Salt Lake County district attorney’s office released the videos to the public — a move that came after months of denying records requests.
The ACLU recently won a victory before the State Records Committee, which unanimously approved the release of the video.
The county had said it

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WATCH: Florida Deputy Blasts Her Finger Trying to Kill Dog

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

A Florida deputy blew off her finger while trying to shoot and kill a pit bull charging towards her in an incident  captured on body cam video.
Pasco County Deputy Monica Bray was dispatched to a homeless camp on November 25 after the pit bull attacked a resident.
Deputy Bray’s body camera shoots footage as she approaches a tent when the dog begins towards her, aggressively growling.

“Better stay there, brother,” Bray tries to warn the dog, reaching out her hands in an attempt to keep the dog at distance.
But almost instantly, the dog lunges at Bray, and she trips to the ground.
At this point, what exactly happens is unclear because the camera lens becomes obstructed.
Deputy Bray blasts two rounds, tearing through the dog, and one bullet tearing off her finger.
The dog goes silent.
Bray gets up from the attack and shouts at officers at the scene, “Fucking shot my finger off! I just shot my fingers!”
“Huh?” asks another deputy.
“I just shot my finger,” Bray repeats.
“Okay, it hurts. I don’t want to look at it. Go in my trunk; there’s a towel,” she can be heard telling another deputy who orders her to her car.

“Hold on. Get in my car. Let’s go,” insists a male deputy.
The dog’s owner stated she doesn’t believe Bray had to shoot the dog and said the dog was on a leash and later posted a video to Facebook where she can be heard sobbing, “Why don’t you put him out of his misery? You let him suffer like that.”
Her neighbor disagrees.
“I saw the dog come out and attack the Pasco County Sheriff’s officer, a female, and she was backing up to get away from the dog, and she fell down,”the dog owner’s neighbor, Jim Aimes said. She was on her back and the dog was headed for her. Someone had

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WATCH: Washington Cops Taser Naked Man Attacking Cars During “Exited Delirium” Episode

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Dash cam video captured a Washington cop tasering a naked man during what they say was an “excited delirium” episode, after receiving a call about the man jumping through a window and attacking cars.
The naked man’s roommate told Bellingham police officers the suspect was “on some kind of narcotic.”
The incident took place on October 8. The video was released in November.
At around 11:50 a.m., a caller reported a man to dispatchers in his 20’s with cuts to his body, bleeding after attacking a car.
Police claim that prior to arriving, the man tore off windshield wipers from the caller’s car and used it to attack other cars nearby.
After arriving on-scene, a Bellingham cop’s body cam footage shows him following the naked man to a neighboring house and radio “fight,” according to Bellingham Police Spokesman Bob Vander Yachtd.
The naked man does his best version of a pole dance in the neighbor’s front yard with the cop standing ready to taser him.
Body cam footage then shows the naked unarmed man running straight towards the cop.

Seconds later, the officer deploys a taser on the man, hitting him twice, and the man falls face-first from the front porch of the neighbor’s house onto the concrete walkway.
Shortly after, another officer arrives in time to assist with subduing the man and they handcuff him.
Cops at the scene quickly call an ambulance for the man. Emergency personnel expressed concern that the naked man was in a state of ?excited delirium.”
The cop who tasered the unknown man wearing nothing but his birthday suit was treated for a nose injury and was reported in stable condition.
Bellingham police have not identified the naked man and said his condition is unknown, although they’re treating it as a medical issue.
“At this time, we’re treating this as a medical problem and the man is not being held

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VIDEO: Charlotte Police Killed Keith Lamont Scott In Under 10 Seconds, Withheld Audio Recordings Too

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Charlotte police finally respected the will of Keith Lamont Scott’s family and released two official videos of his last moments in a police killing that touched off peaceful protests, deployment of riot police and eventually violent protests and looting.
But audio is redacted.
Dash cam video reveals that Keith Lamont Scott only lived ten seconds after exiting his car.
There’s definitely not an immediate threat by Scott to the four police officers with arms drawn, even slightly noticeable in the dash cam video.
No gun is visible at any time.
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Part of the Charlotte police’s initial unproven claim to justify the shooting of Scott – for which no probable cause has yet been given – is that they gave “clear warning” audio in the body camera video below, nor in the dash camera video which illustrates what commands or verbalizing happened by the three officers on the scene, one of whom is clearly uniformed as seen in the dash camera video.
Open carry is lawful in North Carolina
According to NBC News, Charlotte’s police Chief gave this statement at a press conference:
“The officers gave loud, clear, verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Police Chief Kerr Putney said at a news conference Wednesday morning, noting that the fatal confrontation unfolded “in a matter of seconds.”
Click To Enlarge: Dash Camera Still Shot: Keith Lamont Scott Killed By Charlotte Police
Surrounded by Charlotte officers, Keith Lamont Scott backed cautiously away while they yelled, before at least one of the three Charlotte-Mecklenberg police officers shot him dead.
Charlotte police still claim he had a gun.
Regardless, the conclusive dash cam video does not visibly depict Scott as holding a gun.
While it doesn’t prove the negative that Scott was not holding a gun, the legality of carrying a gun in

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GRAPHIC: Idaho Cop Murders Dog In Own Yard, Demands Cash from Owner for Remains

Friday, September 16th, 2016

An Idaho cop murdered a dog in its own front yard while serving an arrest warrant on a compliant citizen after officers took advantage of a door left ajar.
The arrest warrant turned into a death warrant for the beloved family pet named Targaryan.
Now Caldwell police are threatening to charge an innocent woman with “having a vicious animal at large.”
And they sent her a $200 bill before they’ll release the remains of her deceased beloved pet dog.
But the body camera videos released today show a very different story.
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After the August 18 incident, Caldwell police told the local news that the dog “lunged” at the officers but the video reveals an officer who is apparently afraid of dogs who fires his gun after his partner seemed to have no issues with the mixed-breed 85-pound dog who barked but did not charge or lunge.
Alinah Stelly’s sister was wanted on a warrant and the Caldwell Police knocked on her door to serve it, but they didn’t alert the young woman who was drying her hair with a maroon towel as she casually chatted with them for a few seconds to the real reason for visiting her townhouse.
They had an arrest warrant for Stelly’s 31-year-old sister on a probation violation.
“I’m looking for Crystal, Crystal Holden,” said the Idaho cop.
It was a subterfuge on the part of the officer, but one that they are legally allowed to use when serving an arrest warrant.
“What is this for?” asked Stelly.
“I’ve just got to talk with her… for some follow up,” replied the Caldwell police officer.
The 20-year-old Stelly dutifully went upstairs to get her sister, and accidentally left her front door slightly ajar
That’s when the Caldwell police officer quite literally crossed the line from acceptable to probably unconstitutional policing.
He crossed the threshold of Alinah Stelly’s private residence

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Salt Lake City Police Sued Over Shooting Death of Dillon Taylor, 20-Year-Old Unarmed Man Wearing Headphones

Friday, October 30th, 2015

The family of Dillon Taylor is suing the Salt Lake City Police Department for fatally shooting their unarmed son.
Officer Bron Cruz shot Taylor on August 11, 2014 outside a convenience store at the intersection of 2100 South and State Street. The shooting was captured on body cam.
Prosecutors never filed charges against the officer, citing the shooting as justified with Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill saying that “given the facts of the the case and the body-cam video, the officer made the right decision to use deadly force.”
A 911 call was made claiming Taylor, his brother and his cousin were suspicious and flashing a gun. Reportedly, officers on scene ordered Taylor to stop and put his hands up but Taylor ignored the commands, walking away.
Dillon Taylor, 20, was unarmed when he was shot and killed by Salt Lake City police.
Seconds later, Taylor turns around and attempts to show his hands, that was when Officer Cruz fired his service weapon, hitting Taylor twice. On the officer body-cam video, posted below, Cruz can be heard saying, “what the hell were you reaching for man.”
The investigation determined that Taylor was not carrying a gun. Instead he was wearing headphones and had a cell phone on him.
“I was 100 percent, 100 percent convinced when I saw him turn around it was gonna be a gunfight. I knew he had that gun, that he’d be trying to kill us,” said Officer Cruz during the investigation.
He further stated that “I was scared to death. The last thought I had go through my mind when I pulled the trigger, and I’ll never forget this … was that I was too late. I was too late. And because of that, I was gonna get killed. Worse, my (partner) was gonna get killed.”
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Phoenix Security Guard Claims Photography is a Crime on Region’s Train

Monday, October 19th, 2015

A passenger waiting for a train at Phoenix Valley Metro’s Mill Avenue and 3d Street station in Tempe, Arizona was threatened by a private security guard recently for recoding that guard and two of his partners attending to another rider who appeared to be ill.
The passenger, who identifies himself as Basil Pebble on YouTube, was at the station at about 8 p.m. on October 9 returning from Tempe Town Lake when he noticed three of Valley Metro’s contracted guards surrounding a man who was apparently having a medical issue.
Pebble, who writes that he believed the man was merely sick and not drunk or impaired, thought the guards might be unnecessarily giving the man a hard time.
So he pulled out his phone and started recording.
After about 25 seconds of Pebble recording video of the interaction, one of the guards noticed and began to approach Pebble, asking “What are you doing?”
Pebble, who from his YouTube account appears to be quite the activist, replied “Videotaping”.
“Why are you videotaping?,” the guard asked. ” I ain’t doing nothing wrong.”
“Well then you shouldn’t worry about me videotaping you,” Pebble said.
The guard then told Pebble “You can’t videotape me unless I give you permission. You better look up the law.”
Pebble laughed at that, and the guard then mockingly laughed back at him.
Pebble was right to be amused because it is actually the guard who needs to look up the law, not Pebble.  Valley Metro stations are public property, and the platforms are open to the public at all hours and unrestricted in any way from access by anyone.
Since recording and photography in public is perfectly legal and persons standing on public property have no reasonable expectation of privacy, the guard has no authority to demand that anyone stop recording at a light rail station.
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Seattle Police Department Releases Dashcam Footage of Two Police Shootings in 2-hour-span

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

The Seattle Police Department released dashcam footage of a pair of police shootings from last month, taking place within two hours of each other, including one where cops said they shot a man after mistaking a pellet gun for a real gun, another where they shot a knife-wielding man.
In the first incident, dashcam video, an officer shoots and injures a suspect’s hand, who turns out was only carrying a compressed-air pellet gun which resembled a Beretta 9mm firearm.
In the second incident, Seattle police shot a man carrying a knife and who police allege they caught in the middle of “car prowl” gone awry.
Both suspects survived the September 29 shootings and the cops were placed “on paid administrative leave per standard department policy,” which means that they’re getting a fully paid, taxpayer funded vacation.
Meanwhile, Seattle Police Department says “detectives from the department’s Force Investigations Team (FIT) and Crime Scene Investigators are processing evidence and reviewing statements from both incidents.”
The release of both dashcam video clips – on the day after the incident – comes as the Seattle Police Department’s Chief Information Officer Bill Schrier vows to improve the city’s policing and transparency issues.
However, the videos don’t show the actual shootings as they take place off camera. And in one video, they cover one of the officer’s faces.
The department recently released other videos as part of the Seattle Police body worn video pilot program.
@kmerritt @billschrier using Socrata the department published a list of body cam videos https://t.co/nBU8kzFk1P
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Seattle Police Shoot Man who was “Car Prowling”
“Video of the incident shows the man repeatedly refusing to follow officers’ orders to drop the weapon. Police attempted to use a Taser to disarm the man, but were unable to subdue him,” said a police statement.
The video footage only shows partially what occurred as the

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Los Angeles Paramedics Encroached on My Rights; Violated Their Own Policy

Monday, September 14th, 2015

On March 12, 2015, in a letter address to “All Officers, Emergency Operations”, Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Deputy, M.D. Rueda, notified LAFD staff members that people have the right to record/photograph them as well as patients receiving medical treatment.
That memo went ignored a few months later by two members of Station 29 (including one captain) who took it upon themselves to encroach on my First Amendment rights, harass me and falsely tell me that I was violating HIPAA law because I exercised my constitutional right to take pictures on a public street.
The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act protects the privacy of medical records in most circumstances, but has been routinely abused by paramedics ordering citizens to stop recording in public when treating citizens in full view of the public eye.
Rueda’s advisory stated:
In a public setting, anyone is legally allowed to photograph and/or record our members at work.
And continued:

There are no laws to speak of that prevent the public from filming LAFD activities, including EMS responses, so long as the person recording the event is on their own or public property…

Rueda also addressed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) — which was embarrassingly misspelled HIPPA in his directive — and confirmed that the law doesn’t apply to people taking pictures on a public street.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), which we honor and are bound, has no provision to preclude filming by the public.
So based on the Rueda’s March 12 email, you would think that members of the Los Angeles Fire Department would be well aware of a person’s right to take pictures in public space and respect that right.
But none of that mattered on June 13 when I was photographing a friend whom I’ve known for more than five years who had had also given me permission

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Florida Cop Interrupts Church Service for Custody Call

Friday, September 11th, 2015

On Sunday September 6, members at the Allen Chapel AME Church in Northern Florida recorded a Pensacola police officer interrupting service to enforce a custody order signed by an Escambia County Florida Judge.
The video went viral.
In most cases when a church opens their doors to the public, more specifically on a Sunday morning worship service, they are giving the right for anyone to enter during the hours of the specific public event.
This officer does so after receiving a call for service from a father who says he sent his daughter to visit her maternal grandparents and was not sent home when she was supposed to.
She does not immediately interrupt service, but rather verifies with church staff that the girl in question is even in attendance.
After several attempts to have church clergy and members retrieve the girl and her family, the officer decides it is time to go in.
You can watch below on the body cam video.
You can hear the Pastor saying “You are in violation” as the officer speaks with the girl and the family. Several members feeling they are being wronged request a supervisor, she obliges.
Shortly after radioing for the supervisor, a sergeant with the Pensacola Police Department shows up, and with a cooler head allows service to come to an end before enforcing the order.
It appears as if the officer entered the church legally, established that the girl was present, which at that point, gave her probable cause to enter the sanctuary to conduct official police business.
Was it morally wrong? Maybe.
Was the peace kept to just words? Yes.
As the ordeal was coming to an end, the girl’s father approaches the officer and his now crying daughter. She respectfully asks him to step to the side so she can talk with her.
Suspicious as to why the young lady doesn’t

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New Orleans Police Ignored Video Evidence, Supporting Killer Cop Convicted Of Manslaughter

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

New Orleans Police Department ignored and and mischaracterized evidence as well as consistently misstated witnesses accounts – according to the New Orleans Independent Police Monitor – to clear an officer who later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and is currently serving a four year prison term. Former NOPD Officer Joshua Colclough shot and killed Wendell Allen, 20, in March …
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Las Vegas Police Release Bodycam Footage of Cops Shooting Man They Say “Lunged” at Them

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Las Vegas police released bodycam footage of two officers killing a mentally ill man whom they say “lunged” at them with a screwdriver and a knife on Friday. Abel Correa, 24, had been hiding in a closet in his family’s home after a neighbor called police on him for throwing a ball hitch of a …
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