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Video – Detained by Nevada Police for “Suspiciously” Sitting in a Car

Henderson Nevada Police Detain Couple for Suspiciously Sitting in a Car

A police officer in Henderson, Nevada detained a couple (who were looking for a lost cat) because he deemed them sitting in a car to be a suspicious act.

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Apparently (based on the conversation in the video), the people shown being detained here were out looking for a lost cat in Henderson, Nevada (a suburb of Las Vegas). This officer from the Henderson Police Department decided that them simply being parked on a public street constituted suspicion of a crime.

When asked on the video what crime it was that he suspected they were committing, his answer (repeatedly) was, “I’m not going to play your game” (presumably that game where he is actually required to state a crime someone is suspected of when they are being detained) and also to claim that asking why you are being detained constitutes “baiting a police officer.”

Outside of the basic questions of whether being in a parked car should by itself be considered a suspicious act worthy of police investigation (spoiler: no), this video is pretty indicative of the state of policing today. On full display is the rude, even hostile behavior common among police officers and the inevitable result of such behavior. The genuine fear and distrust that the people in the video display is well earned and not at all unreasonable these days.

Eventually, the couple were released without being issued any citations. I’m not sure whether they found the cat, but will update this post if I find out any additional info on its status.

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Citizen in Hempstead NY Stands Ground and Uses Camera to Avoid Illegal Traffic Stop

The video and description included within this post was shared with the CopBlock Network anonymously, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

In the video included with this post, a man is stopped by Assistant Chief Joseph Sortino of the Village of Hempstead Police Department. (It’s not shown in the video, but according to the description below, the driver had seen Sortino speeding and told him he should not be doing so just prior.) While Sortino is demanding his license, registration, and insurance papers, the driver asks several times what he is being stopped for. Eventually, Asst. Chief Sortino states “you didn’t use his turn signal when I pulled you over.”

There’s two obvious problems with that excuse Sortino wants to use to pull him over. The first is that he has to have a reason to pull him over BEFORE pulling him over. So not signalling as you’re being pulled over doesn’t actually fit that. The other problem is that the driver’s turn signal has been on since the beginning of the video, which he points out.

Shortly after that, the driver mentions another incident from a few weeks earlier. Sortino then says, “you’re that guy who refused to get out?” The driver then responds, “yeah, I’m that guy.” Assistant Chief Sortino follows up by saying, “we don’t want to go through your nonsense again; we’re going to go with the lesser of two evils and you can shuffle off to Buffalo.”

They then exchange some not so pleasant goodbyes and the man drives off, presumably shuffling off to Buffalo.

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Date of Incident: August 31, 2016
Officer Involved: Assistant Chief Joseph Sortino
Department Involved: Village of Hempstead (NY) Police Department
Department Phone No.: (516) 483-6200
Facebook Page: Hempstead Village Police Department
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Prior to being pulled over, I noticed this officer going over 50mph on a 30mph zone, dangerously cutting through traffic without signaling and all while talking on his cellphone. I come up next to him while on a red light and let him know that what he was doing was very unsafe. He didn’t like what I said to him and just closed his windows.

Then, I proceeded to take out my cellphone to record him. The second I did that, he pulled up behind me and pulled me over. Never articulating a real reason to why he stopped me. The rest is on video.

P.S. I had a previous incident with the police about a month earlier, where the same situation happened. They broke the window of my car, illegally arrested me, and deleted all my footage. That case is currently pending.

Cottonwood Heights (Utah) Police Threatens Citizen for Filming

This video was submitted by an anonymous reader, via the CopBlock.org Submissions page.

Date of Incident: 10/13/2015
Officer Involved: Refused to identify
Department Involved: Cottonwood Height (UT) Police Department
Contact Number: (801) 944-7100

According to the description on the video:

CHPD was making an arrest several miles outside of their city. I began filming. The officer threatened to pull his gun, shined his lights into the camera and said he does not have to give his name. This department is widely known as corrupt, this illustrates them well.

I called Cottonwood Heights PD and asked the name of the officer that drives the car with tag #516972. Lt. Askworth acknowledged he needed to identify but then was evasive and rude while refusing to give the thugs name for the complaint. This cop threatened me with his gun…Everywhere, Everyday :(

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