On 11-18-2014 I was
On 11-18-2014 I was filming a protest at St. Joseph's Medical Center, Tacoma, WA. I started to notice security was watching me and taking pictures, so I started filming them. After about 45 minutes of this, it appeared I had my own "under cover" security detail following me in an unmarked vehicle. Of course, I started filming them. I walked around the entire perimeter of the medical center and they followed -appearing to try to remain incognito, even though I was filming them at every turn. When I got to the back side of the medical center, I noticed 2 marked vehicles from Tacoma Police Department arrived to my general location. It was reported they were telling the protesters (who had a permit for their free speech) they had to go another 50ft away. I called across the street to encourage them to get the names and badge numbers of the police employees.
Since the sidewalk was closed in a few different locations, making crossing the street in a crosswalk difficult, I looked both ways and crossed. I was immediately issued a J-Walking ticket. Of course, the police employees J-Walked a few times to give me this ticket, after running my info. I pointed out that many other people were crossing the street in the same fashion and asked why I was singled out. I received no conclusive answer and can only guess it was because I was the only one actively filming the police employees.
After I was issued my ticket, Tacoma Police Employee B. Paris hovered around me. He bumped into me a few times and stood within inches from me. It appeared that issuing a ticket was not enough for this pirate and his cohort. He seemed to actually want to provoke a physical altercation with me.
I think it is important to note the obvious: I was pretty upset with the way these employees acted like simple dogs, pissing on a rock and posturing. I think it is OK to be pissed at cops who act in the SAME WAY that would be an arrestable offense if a citizen did it.
Whether one agrees with what I do or how I do it, one should ask if it is ever OK for a police employee to physically touch a person in this way. If a citizen did the same thing, a police employee would articulate that the citizen was standing within their "reactionary gap" and they felt threatened and used force. When a cop does it, they say they can do it if they want.
Is this the type of policing we need in America?
I'm not sure what these police officers hoped to gain from this encounter. Either he's guilty of committing a crime, in which case they could charge him and move on, or he's not doing anything wrong, in which case they can move along and get to other business. Instead, they're stuck in neutral here. They're lingering around without any real purpose.
It definitely appears that the one police officer (Paris) was trying to provoke a physical altercation with the cameraman. He seemed to be baiting the cameraman, hoping that the cameraman might shove him away and then they would have reason to arrest him for assault.
It's not often that I agree with the cameraman in these types of videos, but officer Paris is definitely trying to provoke a response from the cameraman.
uh..he's doing because he knows that you won't do anything about him brushing you...I wouldn't either.
The grey haired cop is a midget.
Earning the hate! These pigs are why good cops get shoot! If his department does not check him , the next dead cops are on them! And their families need to know their good cops death is because of these 2 pigs pissed off the wrong person!
I would of asked the cop that kept running into you if he was trying ask you out on a date. I personally would of filed a immediate sexual harassment claim against the dude. The fought the ticket and showed the judge that other people was jwalking.
How many more days will this crap b news
Fox news is a den of whores. Trump cheerleads for a G0P loser who beat up a reporter as Fox hams up a dart away from a interns hand