A Maryland cop recently told an innocent citizen that he had “lost” his freedom of speech.
The incident started when a man videoed the arrest of several individuals he did not know on a public street. An officer approached the man and told him to stop. When the man refused, another officer approached him and accused him of “diverting my attention” and to “get the hell out of here. Leave!”
After the second cop on the scene started to get physical with the videographer, a third officer showed up and said, “Do not disrespect us and do not not listen to us. Now walk away and shut your f**king mouth or you’re going to jail.”
The cameraman, who clearly knew he had a right to be filming, asked if he had anything wrong. He said, “I thought I had the freedom of speech here.” One of the visibly angry cops responded, “You don’t — you just lost it.”
It is unknown if the man who filmed this incident will try to take any legal action against the policemen, or if he has a case at all.
The Supreme Court has continued the right to film police. Given this, the man who filmed in this instance did nothing illegal or worthy of verbal abuse from the police.