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One Officer Asked Her To Record a Crash Scene With Her Phone. Another Officer Arrested Her for It.

Demetria Brown was handcuffed for helping police.

|||Screenshot via Facebook/Asia MillerScreenshot via Facebook/Asia MillerCameras are a great equalizer when civilians encounter law enforcement officers. One Indianapolis woman recently learned how cameras can also make you a target.

According to WTHR, Demetria Brown was stopped near the a scene of a crash when an officer asked if she had a phone. After confirming that she did, the officer asked if she could record the scene for him. Brown made sure to get his name and other relevant information in the process.

As she was assisting the first officer, a second officer approached her and demanded that she stop recording. Brown attempted to explain the situation to the officer, but was placed in handcuffs. Another person was able to take the phone and show Brown being arrested.

At one point in the video, the arresting officer discusses his actions with another officer off-screen. After realizing that Brown was in fact abiding by the wishes of the first officer, the second officer uncuffs her and lets her leave.

A video of the incident was posted on Facebook.

Prior to the incident, the Indianapolis Police Department announced a series of listening sessions aimed at garnering feedback on a proposed body camera program. The department has invited residents in all districts to participate. Perhaps they should hold a session to educate officers on the right to record.

Photo Credit: Screenshot via Facebook/Asia Miller

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  • Rich||

    Brown was stopped near the a scene of a crash when an officer asked if she had a phone. After confirming that she did

    Well, there's her mistake.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Pigs gotta oink.

  • JohnD||

    You are an ignorant son of a bitch

  • Longtobefree||

    officer: do you have a cell phone?
    victim: yes, I do (first mistake)

    alternate response:
    officer: do you have a cell phone?
    victim: do you have a warrant? (first mistake; arrest for obstruction of justice follows, along with forfeiture of vehicle)

    Better response:
    officer: do you have a cell phone?
    victim: No, sir. (leaves at maximum legal speed)

  • Freddy the Jerk||

    Better response:
    officer: do you have a cell phone?
    victim: No, sir. (leaves at maximum legal speed)

    (first mistake; arrest for speeding, reckless driving, unsafe vehicle, unsafe lane change, vehicular assault and having a tail light out).

    The only way to win the game is to not play.

  • a ab abc abcd abcde abcdef ahf||

    Truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to sound plausible.

    This little scenario is a little more plausible than any Monty Python sketch. But that's not saying much. Maybe it would fit in one of those Kentucky Fried Movies.

  • No Yards Penalty||

    Why would anyone help the pigs?

  • JohnD||

    You are an ignorant fool. Remember your flip comment the next time you are assaulted or car jacked.


  • Cloudbuster||

    The odds of a cop being there to help in either situation are vanishingly small. All they'll do is show up later is to ask dumb questions and fill out paperwork.

  • IceTrey||

    She wasn't arrested for filming but for allegedly being in a crime scene. Still wrong but we have enough fake news Reason.

  • jubulent||

    If a story can be spun as pro-drugs, pro-open borders, or anti-cop you can count on Reason to rev up the spin machine.

  • awildseaking||

    Cops are way too arrest happy.

  • Juice||

    To them it's nothing. Ho hum. Just another day on the job putting handcuffs on people and then probably never seeing them again. They were on the clock so they did stuff, so that's work, and they earned their paycheck. What happens to the person after they bring them to jail and fill out the paperwork (more paycheck earning) just doesn't matter, especially in the moment when there's a job to be done.

  • DenverJ||

    "Is that a phone in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"

  • Ray McKigney||

    Sting operation successful!

  • Conchfritters||

    Indianapolis makes St Louis appear desirable.

  • Juice||

    Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri make me realize I never want to live in the Midwest.

  • ZachChease||

    It sure seems that, had she refused to record for the first officer, she also would have been arrested. Yay.

  • buybuydandavis||

    "Stop resisting! Stop resisting!"

  • croaker||

    I say drive-stun the second officer in the balls until the battery dies. And make the rest of the department watch.

  • Joe M||

    I think we can all agree this is some of the worst camera work in recent memory.

  • Joe M||

    Also, that guy is an asshole.

  • IMissLiberty||

    Maybe they should listen.

  • JohnD||

    The arresting cop should be arrested for civil rights violations and then fired. . The SCOTUS has ruled that it isn't illegal to record police activity.

  • Inquisitive Squirrel||

    How is this even remotely a national story to be covered by Reason? I know Reason hates cops, but going to extremes like this to find evidence of bad cops kind of cuts the other way as it basically shows that maybe it's not that big of a problem if these are the kinds of stories that have to be scrounged up in order to justify the belief.

  • Brian Patronie||

    I'm not seeing the big deal here other than a lack of communication between the arresting officer and the departmental leadership...

  • majil||

    All Cops deserve to be shot in their fucking faces

  • majil||

    Cheer the day this dumb fucking Thug Pig cop is shot in his fucking face .

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