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Man Ordered At Gunpoint To Hand Over Phone For Recording Cops 983

Posted by Soulskill
from the don't-shoot-or-we'll-shoot dept.
HungryHobo writes with this excerpt from a story at Pixiq: "Miami Beach police did their best to destroy a citizen video that shows them shooting a man to death in a hail of bullets on Memorial Day. First, police pointed their guns at the man who shot the video, according to a Miami Herald interview with the videographer. Then they ordered the man and his girlfriend out of the car and threw them down to the ground, yelling, 'you want to be f****** paparazzi?' Then they snatched the cell phone from his hand and slammed it to the ground before stomping on it. Then they placed the smashed phone in the videographer's back pocket as he was laying down on the ground."
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Man Ordered At Gunpoint To Hand Over Phone For Recording Cops

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  • by Joe_Dragon (2206452) on Saturday June 04, 2011 @06:21PM (#36338472)
    get Dexter to take care of thees bad cops
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 04, 2011 @06:41PM (#36338600)

    You're forgetting the police have helicopters.

  • by BlueStrat (756137) on Saturday June 04, 2011 @10:06PM (#36339628)

    Ha!

    50% Overrated
    50% Underrated

    Now that's funny, I don't care who you are!

    I guess we have a mix of masochists and others...not so much.

    Strat

  • by MagusSlurpy (592575) on Saturday June 04, 2011 @10:27PM (#36339714) Homepage

    the cops could have avoided all that trouble

    Yes, by not shooting people or threatening witnesses at gunpoint.

    But then why would anyone bother to become a cop?

    There're still plenty of drug dealers to shake down and prostitutes to extort free sex from.

    Or vice versa.

  • by schnell (163007) <me&schnell,net> on Saturday June 04, 2011 @10:41PM (#36339780) Homepage

    whenever the government is given control of more wealth and power to legislate & regulate...that's the same as saying they want more of this crap like this videographer received

    EXACTLY! The action of these cops is DIRECTLY related to the growth of government! We should return to a time of smaller government - say, the 1950s or even the early 1900s - when police in the US deep South never abused anybody. I think we can all recall how much better the cops - and government in the South in general - behaved before that darned Federal government started getting so big. In fact, instead of shooting a guy and destroying evidence, they probably would have sat down and had a nice discussion together over grits and chicory, if it weren't for the insidious creation of the Department of Health and Human Services which turned them into jerks.

  • by c6gunner (950153) on Saturday June 04, 2011 @10:56PM (#36339848)

    That's OK. I will be sure not to record your beating or shooting when it comes to you. Fair enough?

    Sure. I have no problem with such a deal, because:

    1. I generally try not to break the law.
    2. When I do break the law, I generally don't get caught.
    3. When I do get caught, I cooperate with the cops.

    If you follow those three steps, I guarantee you won't have a problem. I've met a few dick-cops in my times, but by following step 3, the worst I've ever had was them yelling at me, and arresting me after I already l willingly laid down on the ground. Never gotten a bruise out of those confrontations, let alone any serious damage. So yeah, I'd prefer it if you didn't film me, because I can take care of myself, and I'd rather not see my next arrest on youtube, where future bosses can look it up.

    Thanks!

  • by IonOtter (629215) on Sunday June 05, 2011 @12:12AM (#36340144) Homepage

    2. When I do break the law, I generally don't get caught.

    I'd say "We can fix that for you," but I pretty much think you did it yourself, dude. You get +1 Darwin Award.

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