War on Cameras

Modify Cop Attitude With a Camera

A police officer with a bad attitude channels his winning personality once the lens points his way

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In a three-minute Youtube video, San Rafael police Sergeant Scott Eberle proves why we should never hesitate to record our interactions with police officers.

It started when a photographer, who asked not to be identified out of fear of police retaliation, stepped out of a restaurant July 24 and spotted an ambulance and some type of emergency situation.

Thinking a car had struck a bicyclist, he walked up and started snapping photos with his cell phone from a respectable distance.

He was immediately accosted by Eberle. …

That was when the man switched his phone to video mode and lifted it to the cop's face.

Eberle was suddenly all smiles.