Police Abuse

Memphis Police Officer Tackles and Arrests Man For Video-Recording Him

Memphis PD's policy clearly states citizens have First Amendment right to record police.

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A video posted to Facebook by someone using the name Francesco DaDon Guglielmette appears to show a Memphis police officer violently tackling a man who was filming a group of officers with his camera-phone.

At the start of the video, several police cruisers can be seen in the street as officers speak to an unidentified black man. Shortly thereafter, an officer approaches the man holding the camera and orders him to the sidewalk.

Then, the officer changes his command, saying "the sidewalk's made to walk, not to stand. You feel me?" The man with the camera says "I'm walking" and the officer responds, "Matter of fact, leave the scene."

As the man walks away from what the officer calls a "crime scene," the officer grabs him and throws him to the ground, where several other officers join him in detaining the man, all of which is captured on video by another bystander who picked up the camera-phone. 

"Guglielmette" writes in the Facebook post that he was the one holding the camera and that he was arrested:

When did simple recording become a crime???

Sequestered in Memphis
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 I was assaulted by Memphis Police department just for recording… Arrested on false charges and treated like an pure animal… 
?#?ButBlackLivesMatter? Right??

A spokesperson with the Memphis PD told Reason that the officer in question has been identified and an investigation by the Inspectional Services Bureau into the incident has been initiated. The department addressed the incident on its Facebook page:

"I understand the outrage from the community concerning this video; however, I do ask that you all allow us to conduct a thorough investigation into the actions of this officer," said Interim Director Michael Rallings.

"This investigation will be handled expeditiously and the findings will be released to you all at the conclusion of the investigation. The Memphis Police Department takes all citizen complaints seriously and I can assure you that this investigation will be handled appropriately."

In a 2012 incident, Memphis police reportedly detained a journalist recording an arrest and subsequently deleted the footage from his phone. This led to the department updating its policy regarding "public recordings" to affirm the First Amendment right of citizens to record police "as long as the bystander has a legal right to be present where he or she is located." Sidewalks and streets are specifically listed in the policy as settings where "the individual has a legal right to be present."

When encountering a citizen recording police activity, officers are specifically forbidden from ordering them to stop, demanding identification, detaining them, "intentionally block[ing] or obstruct[ing] cameras, and "in any way threaten, intimidate or otherwise discourage an individual from recording." 

It is not clear if any of the officers involved in this recent incident were wearing functioning body cameras, but a quirk in the Memphis PD's policy allows body cameras to be turned off at a superior officer's discretion. 

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  1. “I understand the outrage from the community concerning this video; however, I do ask that you all allow us to conduct a thorough investigation into the actions of this officer,” said Interim Director Michael Rallings.

    IOW, please let this blow over while we contrive a bullshit nonpunishment for the officer.

  2. I couldn’t watch with sound. Can I assume the guy was tackled for filming vertically?

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    1. The poster’s handle spelled backwards is CIA Wipe V .

      Operation Wipe 5 is a coordinated CIA/ChiCom Black Ops mission in the Hindu Kush mountains trying to recover a downed Islamic bio-drone used to hijack cell phone video feed in coordination with major US cities’ LE and Twitter .

      *tips Pringle’s can to mouth to get last remain potato chip fragments*

      1. +1 antenna

  4. This investigation will be handled expeditiously and the findings will be released to you all at the conclusion of the investigation.

    Have they tried tackling the officer on the sidewalk they just ordered him onto and then dog-piled on? That looked pretty expeditious.

  5. When encountering a citizen recording police activity, officers are specifically forbidden from ordering them to stop, demanding identification, detaining them, “intentionally block[ing] or obstruct[ing] cameras, and “in any way threaten, intimidate or otherwise discourage an individual from recording.”

    Any officer who violates this police will receive ten “Bad boy” reprimands, and one “You shouldn’t have done that.”

  6. It’s possible (and reasonable) the officer was giving him a beatdown for vertical video.

    1. Use landscape profile for a mob of cops beating down a perp. Pan slowly and use zoom to capture the bloodied target only if the lighting is adequate.

      For personal assaults by a lone officer against oneself, use the vertical aspect to frame the full-figured, enraged LEO. Hold your breath to minimize shaking and to tighten abdominals against the ensuing blows from the steel baton.

      1. What’s cool about the vertical video, is that you can show as many as four isolated police brutality incidents at once, if you stack them side-by-side.

        1. Don’t forget to take full advantage of the camera’s capabilities by using the device’s photo filters such as New Wave for an 80s beatdown, Rat Pack for a classic b&w shot, or Sunset Strip for bright, vivid reds.

  7. “I understand the outrage from the community concerning this video; however, I do ask that you all allow us to conduct a thorough investigation into the actions of this officer,” said Interim Director Michael Rallings.

    Who are you going to believe? Our “thorough” investigation or your lyin’ eyes?

    1. This investigation should take a couple days, tops.

      I predict we won’t get the mealy-mouthed results for at least six months.

      And, wait for it . . . wait for it . . . NOTHING ELSE WILL HAPPEN.

      1. The investigation should take about 30 minutes.

  8. When encountering a citizen recording police activity, officers are specifically forbidden from ordering them to stop, demanding identification, detaining them, “intentionally block[ing] or obstruct[ing] cameras, and “in any way threaten, intimidate or otherwise discourage an individual from recording.”

    The constitution says we have rights, yet….

    The State will always do what it wants to do. The State is accountable to no one – remember that.

  9. I can assure you that this investigation will be handled appropriately

    Whose definition of appropriate are we going with here? Because the cops in the video apparently thought it was appropriate to dogpile on a guy filming them while some people seem to think that was not appropriate. Let me guess – you’re going for somewhere in the middle, like it was not appropriate for the brave and heroic officers to perhaps overzealously react to a perceived threat in the midst of a chaotic situation involving a dynamic criminal investigation but neither was it appropriate for the civilian to interfere with the potentially explosively life-threatening situation our brave heroes were responding to in a heroically brave manner, as they do every day with no thought whatsoever of honor and glory but merely out of the humble dedication to their duty to serve the public. Donuts for everybody!

  10. The saving grace, though, was when the other cops pulled the first cop off the guy and arrested him instead of joining in. Ya feel me?

  11. TARGET BATHROOMS!!!

  12. Thank goodness they all made it home safe. (Am I doing this right? Half the time I’m a “copsucker”.)

    1. Is that the “magic” half? I imagine cops don’t appreciate bacon much.

  13. “…?#?ButBlackLivesMatter? Right??”

    So in other words, you’re starting to see that this kind of bullshit is really about abuse of authority by public “servants”.

    Feel me?

    1. Their authority comes from their law enforcement duties. If they have no reason to believe any laws have been broken, then they have no authority. None whatsoever. But they do have power, which they are more than happy to abuse at every available opportunity. After all, it’s not like they will face any consequences for their criminal acts.

  14. If they have no reason to believe any laws have been broken, then they have no authority.

    And there in that phrase, lies the whole problem. Cop claims he thought the law was being broken? You’re abused. Claims he feared for safety? You’re dead. Claim to smell alcohol on your breath? He can literally do whatever he wants to you, with no repercussions whatsoever.

  15. Wait, I don’t see any white cops beating innocent black people.

    All I see is a black cop enforcing the law.

    /sarc

    1. Wait, you’re saying the black cop is an Uncle Tom? Got it.

      The narrative is safe.

      /sarc

  16. Relax you fat fuck-cameras will steal your soul, not your fucking Twinkies. Lard ass ought to be fired/prosecuted, won’t be.

    1. Can’t prosecute a lard ass or police officer. They are titles. You, not the gov’t, prosecute the man/woman acting as the police officer. Any man/woman who interferes with your rights is culpable, whether wearing a uniform or not.

  17. Ahh, the infamous WWB stop and arrest. I really thought that was limited to driving in pimped out Oldsmobile Cutlasses or Ford Mustangs, but evidently it works just as well on foot.

  18. Speaking of psychopaths:

    http://www.deathandtaxesmag.co…..g-her-car/

  19. People murdered families destroyed this is what comes about when you give someone a badge and a gun and give them authority over citizens. It never works it will never work no one should have the right to have power over another. The police are a menace to the public they murder kill beat rape and rob through fines the public. The public must find a way a defend themselves against these filthy murdering animals called killer cops.

    1. You must know and remember that the “police” are only, and always, man/woman acting as a public servant. They have no more authority over another man/woman than you or i do. Never refer to yourself as citizen. Just be a man or woman, whichever you are. Police have authority over citizens or drivers or Mr or whatever title they may call you but they have no authority over man/woman other than protecting another man/woman’s life or property from harm or injury if you are causing endangerment.
      Don’t accept a title; just be a man/woman and no one has authority over you. Make it known that you are man/woman. The average, room temperature IQ cop probably won’t know the difference but some man/woman of higher rank in their organization will know and it will work in your favor.

  20. …are specifically forbidden from ordering them to stop…
    since when may any man/woman, whether wearing a uniform or not, order another man/woman? Certainly a public servant (police, in this case) may not order a member of the public. Even after an arrest, the arresting “officer” may do what is minimally necessary to effect the arrest but still has no authority to order another man.
    13th Amendment, in case you’re wondering.
    Remember innocent until proven guilty?

  21. Police officers who act in this manner, should not be rewarded with a paid vacation while the police department “investigates”.
    They should be fired on the spot and forbiden to work in law inforcement, have criminal charges placed against them and having to pay any civil judgements from their own pockets instead of making the taxpayer pay for their thuggish and criminal behavior.
    I belive that would reduce the number of events of this nature and possibly give people a reason to respect the police again.

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