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Video: NYPD Arrests Man Filming Outside Station

June 21, 2013  | 

VIDEO: NYPD Arrests Man Filming Outside Station

A man arrested outside a New York City police station claims he was falsely arrested for taking photos and filming officers coming and going in their personal vehicles.

Shawn Randall Thomas, 47, filmed officers and took photos for about an hour near a driveway leading into the station in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.

A plainclothes officer who identified himself as Officer Soto approached Thomas and asked him why he was taking pictures. The officer said the activity was worrisome because Thomas could be "a terrorist taking pictures so you can figure out where you're going to put a bomb."

Thomas has filed a complaint with the Brooklyn District Attorney's Civil Rights Bureau claiming he had been harassed by the officer, reports DNA Info.

Tags: NYPD, First Amendment, Photography


Comments (7)

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Nichole @ 6/24/2013 3:52 AM

It's a shame that people have nothing better to do with their lives than sit around asking for trouble, doing things they know will get them reprimanded if not arrested. Yes, ok, we know you have rights that pretty much allow you to do anything that you want... but why harass the people that are there to protect you when you need them? I don't get it.

I mean, I don't pull up next to a cop at a red light and rev my engine and look over at him provokingly only to pull off the line going 15 miles an hour just for a laugh. I don't say "Oh, look at the dumb piggy looking for some way to arrest me."

I guess I'm just not a complete douchebag like quite a few people on youtube are turning out to be lately.

Jim Van Gorder @ 6/24/2013 3:31 PM

I wonder what would happen if someone stood at his house and photographed and filmed his children coming and going from the house.

vincenzino @ 6/24/2013 5:12 PM

I had a similar incident with a disorderly whom I was about to send on his way with a warning. He then demanded my name and badge number, to which I replied, "You'll see them on your arrest report-now turn around ..." He refused and raised his hands. I drove three knee strikes to his solar plexus, pulled one shoulder toward me while I pushed the other away from me, spinning him like a top, slammed him down on the hood, and trussed him up like a Thanksgiving turkey!! He talked crap, and I talked Isshinryu, baby!!! It's a beautiful thing!!!

guesswho @ 7/17/2013 11:17 AM

I'm disgusted by the comments here. There is no law prohibiting a person from photographing or filming a police station/officer. Its not the same as reving your engine next to a cop only to go 15mph and its not the same as someone filming or photographing a person at their house, its a police station we don't know his intentions...people are always afraid or suspicious of those they don't understand...just because you wouldn't do it doesn't mean its wrong. Its America b*tches :)

Gene @ 2/18/2014 5:56 PM

Recording a LEO is not against the law as long as they are not hindering an ongoing investigation by action or by proximity. (Chicago was the last jurisdiction to prohibit this and it was struck down)

All officers know this.

The posters here in support of the LEO in the video are clearly the types of officers we are all ashamed of.

You swear to uphold the Constitution but instead tread on it. Pathetic and juvenile.

If you are having trouble understanding this then please google

"IQ to high for law enforcement Chicago" and read the courts ruling.

Jane @ 2/24/2014 1:40 PM

Wow.. It's amazing to see a snapshot into the inner workings of cops minds here. Like the comment here where the officer gleefully takes pride in his abuse of authority and assault of a person he's supposed to be serving and protecting. Now I'm not so naive as to think that Officers really believe they owe anything to the people who pay their salaries, but is there no shame? No line in which you say to yourself "Well, this is the law, I shouldn't go over and harass a law-abiding citizen and threaten them with arrest and then FABRICATE a police report to come up with a bunch of charges you KNOW they didn't commit. What happened to police here that makes you think this is okay? What happened to you that made you think this is moral? Do you think it's just a perk of the job to abuse the populace? vincenzino, I have no doubt, is a police officer. Does it disturb any police officer reading what he posted?

Jane @ 2/24/2014 1:44 PM

Nichole: Harrassing, beating up, and fabricating police reports on people who film you - and you think the person doing the filming is the douchebag? Isn't there something wrong when police are the only ones breaking the law in a confrontation, the only ones lying, the only ones abusing their authority - and then think they're the victims?? Seriously? No wonder the people are starting to hate police. There is no accountability and officers are constantly abusing their authority, lying, and breaking the law. All police should be required to wear cameras and microphones. They simply can't be trusted.

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