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(Gizmodo)   Police attack and arrest man for recording them with his cell phone camera claiming the phone could be "converted into a weapon" (w/video)   (gizmodo.com) divider line 157
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2013-04-11 12:10:42 PM  
i-Transformers? Cool...
 
2013-04-11 12:11:02 PM  
Is there any sane person that still believes the police are your friends?
 
2013-04-11 12:11:10 PM  
Well I'm sure he'll feel a *LOT* better when we received that check from San Diego County.

/F*uck the cops. F*uck them right in their f*uckholes.
 
2013-04-11 12:11:58 PM  
Some of those phones have pointy bits.
That makes it an "Assault Phone."
 
2013-04-11 12:12:21 PM  
The list grows...

- Fear
- Surprise
- Ruthless efficiency
- Almost fanatical devotion to the Pope
- Nice red uniforms
- Cell phones
 
2013-04-11 12:12:54 PM  
My hands can be converted into weapons. Perhaps you should remove them, officer.
 
2013-04-11 12:13:59 PM  

NutWrench: Some of those phones have pointy bits.
That makes it an "Assault Phone."


It might have a picture of a gun on it. Or a picture of a poptart bitten into a gun shape. Very dangerous. You can't be too careful.
 
2013-04-11 12:14:37 PM  
private-person.com
Move along citizen. It's not brutality if it's the government's fist in your face.
 
2013-04-11 12:14:46 PM  
Always start any interaction with police as follows.."By the way, I have a highly infectious form of HIV".

Where is this San Diego place where you cannot smoke on sidewalks??

Barbaric!
 
2013-04-11 12:14:54 PM  
I can't believe I'm writing this, but my outrage subsided completely once I read the story.Why would you want to film a cop giving you a ticket for smoking? So you can be a self absorbed douchebag and post the video to your FB page?

The cop was within his rights to ask not to be filmed, and the douchebag should have complied. He deserved a beatdown.
 
2013-04-11 12:14:55 PM  
Wahh Wahh...I'm a little know-it-all about my rights and I'm going to pretend that I'm smarter than the police.  Douche should have been beaten before, during and after his arrest.
 
2013-04-11 12:16:14 PM  
My phone has an edge on it where I can affix a large knife with duct tape!
 
2013-04-11 12:16:27 PM  
1. Cops have become total asshats since the patriot act gave them basically military authority.2. Cell phone guns do exist3. Loud noises
 
2013-04-11 12:17:10 PM  

H31N0US: The cop was within his rights to ask not to be filmed


No he wasn't. He was in a public place and had no expectation of privacy.
Just like the rest of us.
 
2013-04-11 12:17:24 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: The list grows...

- Fear
- Surprise
- Ruthless efficiency
- Almost fanatical devotion to the Pope
- Nice red uniforms
- Cell phones


I propose a new law where everything is classified as a weapon. The law would have two stipulations.
1) Everyone must be naked
2) Only attractive people can leave their house

This will also solve just about every other problem that we have and lower almost every crime stat to 0.
 
2013-04-11 12:17:26 PM  
From PINAC webpage:
UPDATE:Pringle's friend continued video recording after he was led away and the cop, whose name is M. Reinhold, didn't have a problem with that.
In the video below, Reinhold tells his friend that they are trained by the police department to suspect that cell phones can be converted into guns.
He also said that "officer safety" trumps the Constitution, meaning they can claim they are fear for their lives while they throw you in jail for any lame excuse.
Such bullshiat but that's the arrogance of these police officers.

UPDATE II: Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel of the National Press Photographers Association, sent the following email to the mayor:

Dear Mayor,

As the general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) I have been in contact with you police department in an ongoing attempt to help improve police relations and avoid the type of incident that occurred yesterday. See: http://www.photographyisnotacrime.com/2013/04/09/san-diego-police-atta ck-and-arrest-man-video-recording-them-claiming-phone-could-be-a-weapo n/

I spoke at the annual meeting of the IACP held in your city last September regarding the First Amendment rights of the press and public to photograph and record. Apparently more is needed. As I have done training with other police departments around the country I renew my offer to help yours.

Please feel free to contact me.

Thank you for your attention in this matter.

Very truly yours,

Mickey H. Osterreicher

General Counsel

National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)

MAYBE that will get their attention because this has gone National.
 
2013-04-11 12:17:27 PM  

H31N0US: The cop was within his rights to ask not to be filmed


Public employee performing a public function in a public place. You're 0 for 3.

/public
 
2013-04-11 12:17:31 PM  
blogs.nysut.org
These citizens are ARMED and DANGEROUS... with their cell phones and placards!
 
2013-04-11 12:17:38 PM  

shifty lookin bleeder: My hands can be converted into weapons. Perhaps you should remove them, officer.


I just put mine away wherever cops are around.  Down the front of my PANTS!

/no, not really
//might be a little punchy from lack of sleep
 
2013-04-11 12:19:45 PM  
 
2013-04-11 12:19:49 PM  
They're bike cops, I'd be pissed off all the time too if I was a bike cop.
 
2013-04-11 12:20:58 PM  
That's a weapons-grade cell phone right there brah.
 
2013-04-11 12:21:19 PM  

chrisco123: Wahh Wahh...I'm a little know-it-all about my rights and I'm going to pretend that I'm smarter than the police. Douche should have been beaten before, during and after his arrest.


Well, he did know about his rights, he is smarter than the cops, and he's going to get a nice fat check to prove it.

Also, in the linked article, there's this gem:
Pringle's friend continued video recording after he was led away and the cop, whose name is M. Reinhold, didn't have a problem with that.
In the video below, Reinhold tells his friend that they are trained by the police department to suspect that cell phones can be converted into guns.


Now, I know there are a lot of firearm aficionados on Fark, do y'all see a lot of working cell phones that have been "converted into guns"?
 
2013-04-11 12:21:24 PM  
Just the daily cop hate thread.
Nothing to see here.
 
2013-04-11 12:22:29 PM  
Did the phone have a pistol grip?

// actually, how easy would it be to arrest someone when 200 people start throwing cell phones at you?
// "at least they weren't lit..."
 
2013-04-11 12:22:43 PM  

NutWrench: H31N0US: The cop was within his rights to ask not to be filmed

No he wasn't. He was in a public place and had no expectation of privacy.
Just like the rest of us.


No, he has every right to ask. Anybody can ask anything. Now, having (or not having) the right for the other person to comply with that is another matter entirely.
 
2013-04-11 12:22:49 PM  
Cell phones into guns?  So will the police suspect that my old VHS videocamera may be a bazooka?
 
2013-04-11 12:23:21 PM  

ChipNASA: In the video below, Reinhold tells his friend that they are trained by the police department to suspect that cell phones can be converted into guns.


LOL, now the lawyer gets to ask for the training documents covering this.
 
2013-04-11 12:23:25 PM  
Further proof that smoking is bad for your health.

Also, cell phones.
 
2013-04-11 12:23:50 PM  

Begoggle: Just the daily cop hate thread.
Nothing to see here.


You're right. We should have them hourly.
 
2013-04-11 12:24:04 PM  

Begoggle: Just the daily cop hate thread.
Nothing to see here.


Perhaps if cops weren't attacking citizens for no reason, they would be less hated.  Something about "serve and protect" comes to mind.
 
2013-04-11 12:24:23 PM  
Just another day... Bad Cop, No Donut!
 
2013-04-11 12:24:29 PM  
This really surprises people that ANOTHER cop abused his authoritative power? We should ban assault cops and limit current cops to 10 donuts. That'll fix everything.

/when donuts are outlawed, only outlaws will have them
 
2013-04-11 12:24:35 PM  

H31N0US: I can't believe I'm writing this, but my outrage subsided completely once I read the story.Why would you want to film a cop giving you a ticket for smoking? So you can be a self absorbed douchebag and post the video to your FB page?

The cop was within his rights to ask not to be filmed, and the douchebag should have complied. He deserved a beatdown.


Just out of curiosity, does the color of the boot affect its flavor?
 
2013-04-11 12:25:23 PM  
Douche: dude smoking in an area posted as 'no smoking'

Douche: cop going straight to a ticket for smoking as opposed to a 'put that out' and a warning

Douche: dude pulling out a camera and refusing to put it away when asked

Douche: cop demanding that he put it away

Extreme mega Douchebaggery: beating the shiat out of the smoking videoing dude

It started out as a close contest, but the cops easily won this Douchebaggery Event in a rout.

Go team! We're #1!
 
2013-04-11 12:26:01 PM  
Depends on what a beat down is worth to you. NYC it's kind of like winning a scratch ticket there are so many every year. $50K settlement maybe, but that is after a ton of time, lawyers fees, and looking like a tard in the national press.
 
2013-04-11 12:26:05 PM  
He was then assaulted because he had the temerity to be correct when a police officer was wrong. Screw you if you think that is OK.
 
2013-04-11 12:26:58 PM  
I play for both sides... Cell Phone Stun Guns
 
2013-04-11 12:27:37 PM  
If I'm not mistaken, the ACLU developed an APP:  records everything on both the camera and microphone, but screen stays blank so the people don't know/realize they're being recorded.

/Police brutality; there's an app for that
 
2013-04-11 12:27:52 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: Is there any sane person that still believes the police are your friends?


I have a friend who is a cop.  Of course, he was my friend before he became a cop.  Also, he says he can't wait to find something to arrest me for, you know, for the lulz.  He's a terrible friend.
 
2013-04-11 12:28:06 PM  

LeroyBourne: They're bike cops, I'd be pissed off all the time too if I was a bike cop.


THIS.  Does anyone remember Officer Riviera of the Baltimore Police Department.  Angry little guy who was consigned to driving around in an electric police golf cart.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/body-found-in-anacostia-river-ide n tified/2013/04/02/ac88f870-9baa-11e2-9bda-edd1a7fb557d_story.html
 
2013-04-11 12:28:52 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: Is there any sane person that still believes the police are your friends?


well
the officers were promptly arrested for assault and fired from the police force. so justice will be done.
reads article
yup nothing happened to the heroes
 
2013-04-11 12:29:44 PM  

NutWrench: H31N0US: The cop was within his rights to ask not to be filmed

No he wasn't. He was in a public place and had no expectation of privacy.
Just like the rest of us.


But he has the right to ASK!

Or course if the answer is "no," that's were it ends.
 
2013-04-11 12:30:22 PM  

Begoggle: Just the daily cop hate thread.
Nothing to see here.


I think most people know the difference between blindly hating all cops because they are cops on the one hand, and hating the far too frequent abusive cops that abuse their power because police have very little accountability in this day and age. Not you apparently, but most other people.
 
2013-04-11 12:30:31 PM  

Egoy3k: He was then assaulted because he had the temerity to be correct when a police officer was wrong. Screw you if you think that is OK.


Anyone that thinks this is ok is authoritarian scum.
 
2013-04-11 12:31:48 PM  

H31N0US: Why would you want to film a cop giving you a ticket for smoking?


Why not?  This is America, the land of the free.  The home of the brave.

Are you another one of those posters that hates us for our freedoms?
 
2013-04-11 12:32:32 PM  
namatad:

well
the officers were promptly arrested for assault and fired from the police force. so justice will be done.
reads article
yup nothing happened to the heroes


The officers in question will most likely be put on "administrative leave" which is code for "sit at a desk until this blows over then go back to being a dick all you want"
 
2013-04-11 12:32:46 PM  
Now sue the pants off them. That's how the system is supposed to work.
 
2013-04-11 12:32:53 PM  
The real reason that cops hate cameras is that all cops lie all the time and have done so forever.

Now that everyone has a video camera on their smartphone, the police have to constantly smash them to ensure that evidence of their constant lying never gets out.

The courts will support the police who do this, because if it gets out that all cops are liars, they'll never be able to convict anyone of a crime based on police testimony again.
 
2013-04-11 12:33:44 PM  

chrisco123: Wahh Wahh...I'm a little know-it-all about my rights and I'm going to pretend that I'm smarter than the police.  Douche should have been beaten before, during and after his arrest.


If it was legal to beat up know-it-all douchebags, you'd be the first on the list for a good ass kicking. Better shut your mouth and move along citizen, we wouldn't want you resisting arrest, now would we?
 
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