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Dallas Police Manufacture an Excuse to Harass and Attempt to Question Man Legally Filming in Public

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Patrick Roth of CopBlock Oklahoma, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. (See “related posts” section below for previous submissions from Patrick.)

In this video, as the name of the post implies, Patrick was legally filming in public at the headquarters of the Dallas Police Department. As he does so, two Dallas police officers arrive and approach. Shortly after walking up to Patrick, those officers stated that they had received a call about him and where just checking to see if he was alright. However, within the description below Patrick maintains that no such call was made and that this was just an excuse they were using to justify attempting to question him (which is not an unusual tactic among cops conducting fishing trips).

For the vast majority of the encounter Patrick remains silent, invoking his Fifth Amendment right and refusing to speak to the officers. After a minute or so of awkward silence, the cops give up and head back to their car. One of the officers readily admits that filming in public is legal and the harassment is actually fairly minimal. Once they have driven away, Patrick returns his attention to filming the headquarters building and everyone seemingly lives happily ever after.

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Date of Incident: December 17, 2016
Department Involved: Dallas Police Department
Department Facebook Page: Dallas PD
Department Twitter Account: @DallasPD
Department YouTube Channel: Dallas Police Dept.
Department Phone No.: (214) 671-3001

I was doing some public filming at the Dallas Police Department when two officers approached me wanting to know what I was doing and illegally claiming they got a police call. I actually found out later that there was no police call and I reported both of them. So, they had no authority to come up to me and question why I was filming. They also didn’t respect me remaining silent and it obviously bothered them.

– Patrick Roth
Copblock Oklahoma

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Dallas Police Officer Caught On Video Granting Badges Extra Rights

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Patrick Roth of CopBlock Oklahoma, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. (See “related posts” section below for previous submissions from Patrick.)

In this video, Patrick goes down to the Dallas Police Department employee parking area and observes that several vehicles owned by officers don’t have front license plates, including one that doesn’t have one on either the front of back. The reason he states that he is doing so is because he recently got a citation for not having a front license plate and wants to highlight the hypocrisy of the police not enforcing those same laws on the officers working for the department.

As he is walking around filming, a police officer (who Patrick forgot to ask for a name) pulls into the parking lot. Patrick approaches that officer and begins to ask him about why he isn’t enforcing the same law regarding front license plates that was cited for against the cops who own these cars. After a bit of back and forth about the lifesaving importance of flashlights to cops and Patrick’s concerns that he might be assaulted with it, the officer uses the excuse that none of the vehicles in the Dallas Police Department parking lot are moving and therefore aren’t currently breaking the law.

Almost on cue, as the officer is stating that, the engine of the SUV, which has no plates at all, starts up and the Good Cop inside it begins driving out of the parking lot. So, of course the officer Patrick had been speaking to, along with a second officer that had pulled in behind him, went over and ticketed the unregistered SUV now that it was “in motion.” Right?

(SPOILER – Not a chance.)

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Date of Incident: December 28, 2016
Department Involved: Dallas Police Department
Department Facebook Page: Dallas PD
Department Twitter Account: @DallasPD
Department YouTube Channel: Dallas Police Dept.
Department Phone No.: (214) 671-3001

I had a concern about why I got a ticket for not having a front license plate recently and wanted to talk to a Dallas police officer about why he didn’t give vehicles that belong to officers tickets for the same offense that I was ticketed for. While I was in the process of filming him, a vehicle with no front or back license plate pulled out of the police parking lot and drove off in front of him. He did nothing because it was another officer, but if it was a citizen like me or you they would pull us over in a heartbeat and suspect you’ve got a bomb in the back. Even if the cops didn’t have a bomb in the back, it’s still illegal to drive without plates.

– Patrick Roth
CopBlock Oklahoma

On this video, I exposed these criminals for:

  1. Not doing their job
    – and –
  2. Giving cops special treatment, thereby granting them extra rights – Badges Don’t Grant Extra Rights

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Expression of Opinion on Police Deaths and Police Brutality Leads to House Search; Arrest

The following content was shared with the CopBlock Network by Katelyn Rothwell, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

In the post Katelyn details how their house was searched and her boyfriend Steven was arrested by police in Maryland after he made a phone call to the Dallas Police Department expressing his opinion that the recent shooting of police in Dallas was a reaction to the behavior of police toward citizens.

Apparently, the Dallas police then contacted the Maryland State Police and claimed he had made threats against them based on his statements that incidents of police brutality and outright killings by police may have motivated the shootings against the police. Regardless of the popularity of such opinions or who it is those opinions are expressed to, it’s pretty clearly a matter of free speech and protected under the First Amendment.

Note: This is a good time for a reminder to always film the police. Filming the Maryland police conducting a search and arresting someone based on the non-crime of using their free speech rights is important. Even beyond that, had Steven recorded what he said during the original phone call, he would have pretty solid evidence of whether he made threats or not.

(By the way, GoFundMe doesn’t allow crowdfunding for legal expenses. If you need to do so, you should use FundRazr instead.)

Date of Incident: July 15, 2016
Department(s) Involved: Maryland State Police, Dallas Police Dept.

My boyfriend Steven and I live in Maryland, he follows CopBlock on Facebook all of the time. He called the Dallas Police Department yesterday (July 14th) trying to get them to realize that the shit they are doing (killing unarmed citizens, etc.) is the reason for the murders of cops that have happened in Dallas and everywhere else around the country.

People are tired of police brutality and people are lashing back because of it. He wasn’t saying that it was right or threatening them or anything like that. He didn’t even block his phone number, because he was only using the First Amendment, freedom of speech. He did nothing wrong.

Today, we got a knock at the door at our apartment and six Maryland State Troopers were at the door. They wanted to know why he called them and they stated that he was threatening the police officers over the phone with death threats. Steven told them it was not like that. He explained that he was only speaking his mind to them, saying that it will keep happening if that shit continues. He maybe could have worded it better or went about it differently when he called them, but he never made death threats or anything like that.

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They searched our apartment, which was a waste of time, and took his phone, then left. However, they came back about an hour later. They said they had spoken to their higher ups and decided to take it through circuit court and charge him with threatening a police officer over the phone. He is now sitting in jail waiting to speak to the commissioner on Monday.

I was pretty mad when he told me he called them, but that is still not something to get arrested for. I believe this is wrong and I think I am going to start a GoFundMe account to raise money for his bail when we get it Monday. Apparently, our First Amendment rights are being taken from us and our government is falling apart. This is absolutely ridiculous.

Please help us any way you can.

– Katelyn Rothwell