It happened a few weeks ago, but the story just broke yesterday. Miami resident Lazaro Estrada video taped an arrest, and was arrested on an obstruction of justice charge. The officer went so far as to write that he felt threatened by Estrada. The benefit of having things on tape, is the event is fully recorded, and we can all review the video to see exactly what happened. The police say the report speaks for itself, and unfortunately for them, it doesn’t jibe with the video. The best part, if when Estrada asks what he is being arrested for, and the cop audibly stutters as he tries to come up with an offense.
Let me reiterate here, it is absolutely NOT against the law to record officers. An officer who arrests someone for recording him is violating that person’s rights. Frankly, it is even more concerning when the officer tries to trump up a charge to justify his actions: it’s akin to lying to cover up doing something wrong. And the only way officers will stop violating people’s rights in this way is if they are held accountable: both by their departments, and potentially through lawsuits.