TV news photographer keeps camera rolling during scuffle with police officer
nukemdomis | June 1, 2008 at 10:17 amby
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An Eyewitness News 4 photographer was cuffed and cited Thursday morning for disobeying a police officer. It was a situation where the photographer was trying to do his job. And now the Albuquerque Police Department is reviewing the tape to see if the officer crossed the line.
The photographer was told that he had to go to a media staging area,but he claims the officer wouldn’t tell him where that was, so he just moved back
Video of the incident shows one of the officers walking away, looking at the photographer, and then walking out of frame while the other officer drives away from the scene. The photographer then began to put his camera in the news vehicle to move to the media staging area when the officer begins circling around.
“I’m not putting the camera down until (inaudible),” the photographer told the officer as he was approached.
Raw Video: Watch the raw video of a confrontation early Thursday morning between an Albuquerque police officer and a KOB Eyewitness News 4 photographer
Initially, I'd first saw this story over at Digg.com where the story was getting a massive amount of attention. So far over 650 people have taken the time to post a comment or give their take on this story. It's interesting to hear what people have to say about this so here's a few of those comments.
Why are cops always afraid of being filmed? If they've got nothing to hide, what are they hiding? Here's the thing, the 6th amendment guarantees your right to collect evidence for you defense in a fair trial. That means you must be allowed to record/document all of your encounters with the police. And the 1st amendment guarantees freedom of the press, to post this on youtube.
He circled him like a jackal. The cop had the look of a predator right before he went for him.
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