Filming Cops Is Not A Crime
TOWSON, MD – Two police officers have been put on administrative duty and are under investigation after a videotaped confrontation with bystanders at a late night disturbance call.
University of Maryland Student Sergio Gutierrez began filming the officers arresting two individuals in a manner that he believed to be too aggressive. After letting the officers know that he was filming, an officer approached Gutierrez and claims that he is distracting the officers.
Gutierrez asks what law he violating, the officer told him to “shut your [expletive] mouth or you’re going to jail.” Gutierrez responded by saying “I thought I had freedom of speech,” to which the officer responds, “You just lost it.”
Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson condemned the actions, saying that, “The words of and demands to cease filming by sworn personnel and citizen volunteer auxiliary officers were incorrect, inappropriate and unnecessary. They were not helpful in bringing this incident to closure. As we already have stated, all aspects of this encounter are under investigation, and all personnel will be held accountable for their actions.”