A criminal charge was dismissed Monday against a Miami man who was arrested in March for video recording police arresting his friend outside a store.
Lazaro Estrada’s video shows he was video recording a Miami-Dade cop arresting his friend when the cop ordered him back into the store.
You’re reading Photography Is Not A Crime, which probably makes you one of the growing number of people who care about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The ideas behind Independence Day, when a group of British citizens committed treason against their government, are the reason a country called the United States of America exists.
For those of us living in the U.S.A., the ideas are a goal we’re working towards. Yes, the government might be arming local police with tanks fit for an army, and Congress might be 99% owned by shadow rulers pulling the strings, and every liberty named in the Bill of Rights might be under attack – BUT! The people are waking up, we care about fixing things, and if Star Wars taught me anything, its that the good guys win in the end.
On the day we’re supposed to be celebrating our freedoms, a video is going viral revealing the true extent of our freedoms, showing a California Highway Patrolman pummeling a woman with his fists on the side of the road.
Her crime: contempt of cop. Essentially walking away from the cop while he was apparently barking orders at her.
It was just over a year ago that Matthew Haley was arrested for video recording on a public street corner in Georgia after deputies demanded his identification and he refused to provide it on the basis that he was not committing a crime, telling them that all he was doing was documenting the number of cars violating traffic laws.
Two days later on the Fourth of July, after having spent 12 hours in jail for obstructing, he was standing outside the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in Augusta being interviewed by a local television reporter about his arrest when a pair of deputies walked up to him and demanded his identification again, accusing him of suspicious behavior because he was holding a cell phone camera, even though it was obvious he was retelling the story of his unlawful arrest – a charge that is still pending.
Even though Florida law enforcement officers have pried into Jeff Gray’s personal records more than 200 times over the years for video recording them in public, not to mention opened a Homeland Security investigation on him, they still haven’t gotten the hint that he is doing nothing more than auditing them on their adherence to the Constitution.
This time, it was a trio of DEA agents who walked out of the Drug Enforcement Administration building in Jacksonville, demanding identification and insisting to know why he was recording their sacred building that can be viewed from public as well as from anywhere in the world through Google Earth.