Cop Arresting Cameraman for Filming Peaceful Protest: “I Can Do Whatever I Want”

I was looking through some news stories and came across this story from WCBS (CBS 2) in Newark, New Jersey (WCBS is out of New York City).  Watch the video and I’ll have some analysis below:

Whoa!  The most disturbing part of that was the police officer’s comment, “I can do whatever I want” in response to the reporter, Christine Sloan, saying, “You can’t arrest him.”  (I don’t have the officer’s name – if somebody could find it, that’d be awesome!)

After arresting the photographer, Jim Quodomine, the officer even threatened Sloan, saying, “[This is] none of your business.  Stay away or you’ll be sitting in the car.”

Latrice Smith, a witness of the incident, told WCBS, “He went to put the camera down.  Before he had the opportunity to [do so], the police officer came and knocked it down. … [The officer] just started grabbing him, putting handcuffs on him, grabbed him by the neck.  It was out of control for no reason.”

Another witness told WCBS, “I couldn’t believe how they grabbed him.”

Kudos to Councilwoman Mildred Crump for standing up for justice here.  The officer CLEARLY violated the the photographer’s First Amendment rights.  Hopefully the investigation goes through as Crump has demanded and the officer is fired.  I’m a Law and Order Conservative.  I can’t stand  criminals and I love police officers, but this guy clearly overstepped his bounds.  The cameraman was on public property, and thus had a right to videotape whatever he wanted (which is ALSO why it’s legal for the government to videotape YOU in public – it’s not invading your privacy – you’re out in public – just wanted to bring that up really quick).

This cop needs to be fired.

I’m honestly surprised that he still pressed charges against Quodonine for disorderly conduct.  I’m pretty sure that Quodonine will have those charges dismissed by the magisstrate (and if not, he’ll win an appeal).  If I were him, I would be outraged.

Done Ranting,

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5 Responses to “Cop Arresting Cameraman for Filming Peaceful Protest: “I Can Do Whatever I Want””

  1. VIDEO: Cop Arrests Cameraman for Filming Peaceful Protest | PWN Blog Says:

    [...] Sloan, saying, “[This is] none of your business. Stay away or you’ll be sitting in…read more | digg [...]

  2. Chuckypita Says:

    Wow. That is one police officer that is out of control. Ridiculous. Nothing but a straight power trip.

  3. EFUTOO Says:

    Ok, so yes the government can film you in public, but unlike an individual it can also create a bigger picture of you by incorporating that evidence and cross matching it with data it can collect elsewhere, hence the reason why ALL forms of surveillance employed by the state MUST have totally transparent oversight, I mean think about it, if the government is going to track somebody, then there must be accountability as to the use of that data.

  4. inkslwc Says:

    EFUTOO, absolutely. I’m just saying, videotaping in public is not a privacy violation.

  5. Fulfer Says:

    its very nice and amazing

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