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Atlanta Cop Lets Black Man Go After Realizing He’s Being Filmed (Video)

In today’s world, where virtually everyone who has a cell phone is also carrying a video camera, police know they are being watched like never before. And one member of the Atlanta Police Department got caught arresting a man for doing nothing, then let the man go after realizing he was being recorded.

The video you see below begins when Cameron Ford films what he says is an unauthorized arrest. During this incident, the officer looks back at the Ford filming,  suddenly realizes he’s the star of the movie, and decides not to engage in a false arrest.

Here’s what Ford later posted online with the video:

“This video right here proves why you should ALWAYS FILM THE POLICE. This is the same very officer who trumped up charges on me stemming from an arrest days earlier on Wednesday, October 14th 2015.

“I saw the same officer arresting someone else for absolutely nothing. Several people got my attention saying that same cop is arresting a black male for NO REASON, I pulled out my camera and started documenting the arrest by filming from a distance. The Police Sgt,. on the bike (Sgt. Hall) advised the arresting officer, that I was filming, you see the officer look back at me with a sneaky mischievous grin and then you see him unhandcuff the male and release him back into the wild.

“In a second clip, you will see the officer Stare me down, like I am going to get payback on you. Again days earlier he trumped up 3 felony charges on me, in a great attempt to have me sitting and rotting in jail for crimes I never committed.”

While the police may not like the fact that they are constantly under surveillance, they can counter this by adhering to this long-held maxim we all probably learned as children: Don’t do anything you’d be ashamed of the entire world knowing about and seeing.

That goes for you, too, Officer.

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This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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This Is What Racial Profiling Looks Like Up Close (Video)

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado is representing two African-American men who were recently stopped and detained by police in an case of what the ACLU calls blatant racial profiling. And they have the encounter on video.

In the video, Ryan Brown and his brother, Benjamin Brown, are seen being placed in handcuffs on March 25 of this year. The incident occurred in Colorado Springs.

The ACLU alleges the encounter with the police took place within a block of the brothers’ home and that police stopped the Browns over a cracked windshield.

I can only speak for myself on this one, but I’ve had a cracked windshield before, and no police officers pulled me over to inquire as to how it happened or when I planned to have it fixed. Then again, I’m white.

Benjamin Brown was ordered to exit his car at Taser-point, handcuffed, searched, held in the back of a police car, and finally issued a citation for an “obstructed view.”

His brother, Ryan, was dragged from the car, held at gunpoint, and faces a criminal charge for “interfering with official police duties.”

To which I have to say, Are you freaking kidding me?!

ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein said what we have all long suspected about some of the police officers in this country:

“What Ryan and Benjamin Brown experienced at the hands of the Colorado Springs police is sadly all too familiar for young people of color. No reasonable person could watch the video recording of the traffic stop and say that two white men would have been treated the same way.”

In the video, Ryan Brown can be heard saying:

“I’m being perceived as a threat because we’re being pulled over for absolutely no reason. This is excessive force.”

The Colorado Springs Police Department has not responded to requests for comment on the incident.

Watch This Disturbing Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkvPlxps7zo

 

 

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Caught On Video: A Cop Tells A Black Teen: ‘F**k With Me, I’ll Break Your Leg’

A police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, pulled over a car with four black youths in it and can be seen on video threatening them with physical violence if they attempt to run.

Hamza Jeylani, who is 17, says the officer racially profiled him and his friends who were passengers in his car. Jeylani says he attempted to avoid the police officer when he first saw him, making a U-turn to go in the opposite direction. But the officer pulled him over anyway.

The officer, Rod Weber, can be heard on video telling the four young men:

“Plain and simple, if you f**k with me, I’m going to break your leg before you get the chance to run. I’m being honest, I don’t screw around.”

Jeylani informs the officer he has no intention to run, which prompts this reply from Officer Weber:

“I’m just giving you a heads up. Just trying to be officer friendly right now.”

After this initial encounter with the police officer, the four youths were then pulled out of the car and told they were suspected of having stolen it. The young men were handcuffed as police searched the car and performed background checks on all of them. They were detained for nearly an hour.

At one point, Jeylani asks the cop:

“Can you tell me why I’m being arrested?”

Officer Weber replies:

“Because I feel like arresting you.”

The four young men, who are of Somali descent, believe they were racially profiled and plan to file a formal complaint as a result of the incident. One of them, Liban Yusuf, told a reporter:

“They had their guns drawn. I don’t know why they were so aggressive.”

The Minneapolis Police Department says they are investigating the incident but would not comment on the matter beyond that statement.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.