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VIDEO: California Cops Seize Recordings Of Questionable Arrest, Claim They Have The 'Right' To Do So

VIDEO: California Cops Seize Recordings Of Questionable Arrest, Claim They Have The 'Right' To Do So

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMk31__YclY

by Tim Cushing
Fri, Aug 15th 2014 5:36pm

Police in Northern California beat and tased a mentally ill man before siccing a dog on him, then turning on citizens who recorded the incident, confiscating cell phones and in one case, ordering a witness to delete his footage.

But one video survived anyway, slightly longer than two minutes, where a cop from the Antioch Police Department can be heard saying he wants cameras confiscated right before the video stops.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMk31__YclY

Read more: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140810/19094028170/calif...

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Why in the world do they need like 15 cops and 5 cop cars...?

...for this one guy. They already have him on the ground surrounded by what appears to be more than half-a-dozen officers, and two or 3 more cars filled with cops roll up after that. We are actually paying for this crap. Don't the rest of those cops have anything better to do? Go eat some more donuts or something?

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United States Code

18 U.S. Code § 1512 - Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant
18 U.S.C. 1512(b)
(b) Whoever knowingly uses intimidation, threatens, or corruptly persuades another person, or attempts to do so, or engages in misleading conduct toward another person, with intent to—
(1) influence, delay, or prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding;
(2) cause or induce any person to—
(A) withhold testimony, or withhold a record, document, or other object, from an official proceeding;
(B) alter, destroy, mutilate, or conceal an object with intent to impair the object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding;
[...]
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.
18 U.S.C. 1512(c)
(c) Whoever corruptly—
(1) alters, destroys, mutilates, or conceals a record, document, or other object, or attempts to do so, with the intent to impair the object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding; or
(2) otherwise obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1512

18 U.S. Code § 3571 - Sentence of fine
[...]not more than $250,000;
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/3571

The cheese stands alone. The proof is in the pudding.

Playing Devil's advocate

Couldn't police justify confiscation for the purpose of preserving evidence? I'm not a lawyer but it appears everything written above would not apply under that circumstance.

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yes but they would need a warrant for that

the only way they can take it as evidence is if it was used in the commission of a crime like recording a robbery or something like that.
that's the way i understand it, maybe someone can correct me.

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Yes, they could; no, that's not what they were doing

Also I don't think that a police officer has any right to confiscate personal effects (papers, etc from 4th amendment) of The People. So even if they say they're violating your rights "to preserve evidence", the primary action there is violating rights, not preserving evidence.

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Codes don't matter to law breakers

When criminals are in control, they don't follow legit rules, they just make people follow their rules.

both.

20 years and 250k. "make an example" out of him, isn't that what they say about us to keep slaves in line?

if this would just happen to one cop, the rest will "fall in line".

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Glad one survived..

now if they will do something about it. The court decisions are on the side of we the peoples right to record.

Can't some device broadsast live.

This might protect important evidence.

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Yes

If you download a FREE app called QIK. It will broadcast your videos live and store them on YouTube, Twitter, and the friends' phones of your choice.

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Looks like it has been discontinued

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WOW! they got one arrested

WOW! they got one arrested without killing him.

I'd say they're improving.