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Responding Baltimore Officers Cope with Copwatch Cameras

June 30, 2015  | 

Baltimore officer uses cellphone to video "cop-watcher" videoing officers. (Photo: Screen shot from Baltimore Sun video)
Baltimore officer uses cellphone to video "cop-watcher" videoing officers. (Photo: Screen shot from Baltimore Sun video)

On a sultry West Baltimore night, six police officers walked down a concrete courtyard of Gilmor Homes — while self-styled "cop-watcher" David Whitt held up his camera and pushed the record button.

One officer confronted him, asking, "Do you have I.D.?"

"Am I being detained?" Whitt shot back.

As the heated confrontation continued, the officer took out a cellphone camera, held it up to Whitt and repeated, "Do you have I.D.? Do you live here? Because if not, you're trespassing."

After Whitt responded, saying he had a right to film police, the officer walked away, telling him, "Thank you for putting my safety at risk. I appreciate it. You're also putting your safety at risk by following me."

The scene illustrates the tension-filled encounters playing out in Baltimore and across the nation, as camera-toting residents seek to document police activity, the Baltimore Sun reports.


Comments (5)

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Ok @ 6/30/2015 3:20 PM

Those troublemakers have been wandering around the projects all over NYC for a while now. Some of them are kind enough to have scanners on them.

hearsetrax @ 6/30/2015 3:31 PM

some people need to quit fishing for trouble ......

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/30/2015 3:48 PM

Sounds like the Baltimore Police are encountering a moron or two on every street corner. I feel for you guys. Watch your backs!

S.S. @ 7/1/2015 7:27 AM

Keep your heads up B.P.D. you have a whole nation of cops behind you. Only wish I was there with you. These a**holes are outta control.

Concerned Dad @ 7/6/2015 9:21 AM

For all of the trouble the BPD is in….. you would think they would be working on their "community policing" skills.

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