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Video: Houston Cop Goes Nuts - Threatening To Taser Men With Hand Held Video Camera

YouTube | April 2, 2012

Watch this hostile Houston Cop threatens to taser two innocent men video taping at a Wal-Mart in Southwest Houston. The men were forced to show their ID’s and then held against their will before later being hand-cuffed and arrested, but released after another cop came to their rescue (the cop in this video is a real police officer – named Marty Anthony badge # 5328419 of the Houston, TX Police Department. Apparently he works part-time as a guard for Wal Mart after his shift)…


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typical dumb

sorry, typical dumb, power hungry, over zealous, violent cop.

Show me your id. F YOU!! I aint showin you nothin!!

I'm tellin ya. Get your concealed carry permit everyone so the cops start realizin, we're as strapped as they are and you'll see this kind of attitude cease!

Jackson County Georgia

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
Thomas Jefferson


To be honest there are many concerns with this video!
-Police (Men and Women) are so underpaid they must take jobs at Wal-Mart to support their family.Most of these officers are more qualified than those reading this!!!
-Has anyone watching this video ever been to Houston? Most of the crime is committed by blacks and Latinos!!!
(If you think this is a joke http://stophoustongangs.org/default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCooki... or Google your own interpretation)
- If you are not a gangster do not dress the part, which is obviously what the man is having a concern with. An example would be; I am not a Priest so I will not dress up and walk around as one. This could easily be identified as mistaken assumption, taking confessions on the spot.
- If you were a policeman I am sure you might have the same attitude depending on the area you are responsible for. What if the Wall Mart supervisor explained most of the thefts were from you black gangsta looking individuals???? (Now the scenario might change if you are the officer)
- The young punks in the video were obviously playing an “I am so innocent” card, please come to Houston and see how the race card is played!!!

Del Marque

Mister less than 1 hr on this site...

Let me fix this for you: "Most of the ECONOMIC crime is committed AGAINST blacks and Latinos!" There you go, all better now. Seems you also don't like the whole innocent until proven guilty protection as well...

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." -John Quincy Adams

First off, welcome to the DailyPaul

Unfortunately, I see a lot wrong with what you are saying.

The salary of a police officer / security guard has no bearing on the level of professionalism that they should have to exhibit, period.

Most of the crimes in Houston are committed by blacks and Latinos; fine, I will accept that statement at face value. However, until someone commits a crime or it seems for certain that a crime is impending, that security guard has no right to restrict their liberties, no matter what they look like.

How a person is dressed is irrelevant to a point, but in this case I have no idea what you are talking about. They were wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Not exactly gangster, IMO.

If a Wal-Mart supervisor said that, the guard is free to keep a close eye on them, but not to restrict their liberties in a public space. They committed no crime; I would venture to say that the guard is guilty of assault and false imprisonment.

Those "young punks" are citizens of the USA. They broke no laws that we were aware of from seeing the video.

That said, we may be missing more of the story. But I cannot support the reasoning behind your reservations about what we have seen here.

Once again, welcome to the site!

With liberty and justice for all...who can afford it.

Show Some Empathy for the Cop

Imagine for just a minute that YOU'RE the cop-

1. It's the middle of the night- the parking lot is empty.
2. There's TWO of them and ONE of you.
3. America is an emotionally-charged racial tinderbox at the moment due to the Trayvon Martin spectacle.
4. Tendencies toward criminal behavior among YOUNG BLACK MALES is HIGH (sorry if this fact offends anyone's tender sensibilities)
5. You have no idea if these guys are armed or what their intentions are.
6. While you're talking with one, the other moves around behind you (wouldn't that worry YOU a little?)
7. Instead of engaging in NORMAL civil conversation, these clowns are provoking a confrontation and spouting-off about how much they "know about the Constitution".
8. They DID reach out and touch the officer
9. And fter all that, HE DIDN'T TASE ANYBODY-

Sure- there are some bad cops- just like there's bad truck drivers and bad pastors and bad auto mechanics and bad in any other group. But, for god's sake- MOST cops are just trying to do their job of representing the LAW. We need to stop this wholesale condemnation of all law-enforcement officers.

I wish I could agree with you...

As much as I agree with the idea of looking at the situation from different perspectives and agree that "We need to stop this wholesale condemnation of all law-enforcement officers," the fact of the matter is, the officer behaved improperly; he failed to conduct himself in a professional manner.

Let's get one thing straight, when he is working security at Walmart, he is not a police officer; he's a security guard. Since this video shows no evidence that the young men were acting suspiciously, had stolen anything from the store, or posed any threat whatsoever to the Walmart property, the security guard had no reason to confront them in the first place. They didn't seem at all quiet or secretive about what they were doing; in fact, right before they were confronted, the man holding the camera says, "...the reason why I'm recording is because all the carts...." If the security guard was suspicious of them for any reason, he could have simply observed them for a few minutes and likely found out what goofy reason they had for filming Walmart.

The fact of the matter is there was neither an imminent threat to Walmart nor any kind of criminal activity taking place. So not only was there no reason for him to involve himself in the situation in the first place, but also there was no reason for him to immediately jump on the offensive when one of the guys calmly and politely says, "Nobody has to show any ID, sir." An appropriate response to that statement might have been, "If you don't want to show ID, do you mind at least telling me why you are filming?", instead of flying off the handle.

Look at any given situation - as soon as one person becomes physically or even verbally combative, in most cases, the rest of the people involved respond in a negative way. The officer should be the one trying to make sure the situation is resolved peacefully. The funny thing about this incident is that the younger guys are actually persistent in seeking a peaceful outcome rather than immediately following the officer's example. Instead they were saying things like, "I'm not hostile." and "We're nice people."

While I must agree that he was wrong in putting his hand on the officer, I have to say, he did not - as you say - approach from behind. Also, his hands were open and in plain view.

And need I even mention that after he grabbed for the man's camera, the officer immediately PULLED OUT HIS TASER (an unarguably threatening gesture) because the man decided to stand up for himself and assert his rights? This security guard/police officer is not "just trying to do [his] job of representing the LAW." He is trying to provoke and intimidate what he thinks will be an easy target. Think again.

Oh yeah riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight

1. It's the middle of the night. Really? Did you see a clock in the pic?

2. There's two of them in the parking lot. You can see the cop in a well lit portoco with the doors open and other passers-by. Really scary. So scary that the cop approached these extremely threatening people.

3. Ya get what ya pay for. The public doesn't see this as an isolated case but an increasingly normal one. Ever seen any other 'tubes?

4. Tendency for criminal behaviour AMONG COPS IS HIGH. Ever seen any other 'tubes?

5. The cop has both a taser and what looks like a sidearm on his right side. We know FOR SURE he's armed.

6. Stupid cop put himself in a bad tactical situation from the start, ignoring all training and potentially putting himself and the public in jeopardy.

7. Cop initiated hostilities, these young men attempted to de-escalate.

8. Debatable at best. You'd need another camera angle. Do you have that in your closet somewhere?

9. He didn't tase anybody. Yet he placed them in handcuffs by the OP's report. Gee, I guess they weren't a threat to begin with.

Sorry but your apologetics and attempts to smear the citizens are lamentable.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

here is the problem

Bad truck drivers, pastors, auto mechanics and most other groups... you can fire them, or don't have to do business with them. There are ways to weed out the bad performers in most industries (as long as there isn't too much government influence).

There aren't these mechanisms in place to get rid of bad cops. From what I have seen they are protected from their poor performance and rarely (I can think of 0 times) held accountable for bad behavior.

The whole mindset is wrong - the cop should instinctively be trying to protect their rights, not threatening to take them away.

PS. I'm not offended by your racism, I'm offended by your lack of respect for citizens rights.

I didn't see what you did

The cop initiated contact the first time when he grabbed the camera. The second time the cop slapped the man's hand down. Then the cop told them they were being arrested for touching HIM. I guess if the cop had punched them in the face, they should have been arrested for assault and battery.

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

-C. S. Lewis

We put police officers in a

We put police officers in a place of authority to protect anyone infringing on our human rights. They go through special training to make sure they do this. When officers such as this idiot decides his badge allows him to do whatever he wants to anyone he wants, we need to make sure he doesn't wear the badge again until he knows exactly what we are asking of him, and exactly why we allowed him to be put in a position of trust.

Yes, people may be a little jumpy after the Trayvon situation, but we put trust in the officers to be above emotional distress and still be able to protect us when times are tense. These are times where we can't have people in charge become emotional, these are times for the exact opposite.
Yes, there are bad truck drivers and auto mechanics etc, but they don't have the authority this man does.

Screw That

There should be NO tolerance given to people who hold so much power over our freedom and liberty and abuse it. Cops, perhaps more than any other profession, have the ability to take away one's life and liberty.

We should show no deference and sympathy to someone with that much authority where there is an abuse of that very authority with which they are vested.

We already practice hero worship in this country when it comes to police, and show them unfettered deference when dealing with their mistakes, to justify this type of behavior is to give license to the type of cop who thinks he is the law, rather than executing the law as he is supposed to do.

nothing wrong with putting up arm to defend yourself from cop

all of your points are no excuse for how he acted. he went at them aggressively when they were just trying to videotape shopping carts. if being outnumbered means cops can pull out and threaten with weapons then we're in a lot of trouble. so you're for racial/age profiling by cops, WTF?

what laws were being broken by these kids?

are you kidding? "spouting off about how much they know about the constitution?" we'd love your vote for Ron Paul but maybe you're on the wrong website?

and not that it matters but one of the guys wasn't even black


...just another day in Amerika. Is anyone here really surprised at a video like this any more? Disappointed, sure, but surprised?

In case you haven't caught on, you're living in a police state now....guilty until proven innocent. Non-compliance with any direct order is equivalent to resisting arrest - even to protect yourself from harm.


this cop was nuts....what the hell? You guys didn't do a damn thing.


that got intense real fast. I don't see what is wrong with video taping? I would like to get back in photography but am worried I would get in trouble taking pictures. Yikes!

Prepare & Share the Message of Freedom through Positive-Peaceful-Activism.

ASuch good publicity for Wal Mart....


fearless brave joyful peaceful loving grateful, compassionate


now just imagine if this same cop ran into these two out in the middle of nowhere

typical ignorant cop

Isn't great that we give the dumbest people in the population badges and guns. We need free markets and manufacturing back in this country so we can put these morons on an assembly line doing some brain-not-required tasks instead of policing our country.

The bold effort the present bank had made to control the government ... are but premonitions of the fate that await the American people should they be deluded into a perpetuation of this institution or the establishment of another like it-Andrew Jackson

Isn't this ridiculous?

The next thing you know,they'll tell us we can't use a video camera in public.It was legal,for him to be filming,right ?

1781 I am afraid to say...

you need to know what your rights are - why would you think recording with a camera would be illegal? you shouldn't have to ask the question, you really should know. If you were in the position of either one of these men, you would have been railroaded by the cop and had to run away with your tail between your legs. Learn your rights and stand up for them - no-one else will

Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy

OK,I confess that I don't know everything,but I'm working on it

and I suppose that's all any of us can do.Asking questions on the Daily Paul,is encouraged,as that's how we learn.Peace.

Texas Penal Code 16.02

PatriotsDaughter(like the name), I've included some info to begin with, hope this helps! Know your rights!

This site gives a very brief explanation of Texas recording laws

I also recommend you read the actual penal code

It is sad that the people employed to "serve and protect" , whom even take an oath to uphold the constitution have so little knowledge of these "codes,"

That being said I'm proud of these young men first for educating themselves on their rights, secondly for asserting their rights but also for knowing when not to escalate an issue that has a potential to end in serious harm or the loss of life. Live to fight another day, the battle is not over.

"Liberty is the soul's right to breathe, and when it cannot take a long breath laws are girded too tight. Without liberty, man is a syncope." -Henry Ward Beecher

that response was sorta like the cops...

a little aggressive!

Don't feel bad, there are millions of rules and regulations, it's impractical to think everyone will know all of them.