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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.

Note: The video included within this post was shared with Nevada Cop Block via reader submission. If you have videos, stories, upcoming events/protests, or personal interactions with the police (and/or “justice” system) that you would like to share, send them to us and we will do everything we can to bring it to the attention of the world. In addition, you can visit the Nevada Cop Block resources section for information and links to the rights of citizens when dealing with police, during which you should always be filming.

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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Annapolis, MD Police Officer James Spearman Threatens and Tries to Intimidate Citizen Legally Filming

The following post and video were shared with the CopBlock Network by Landon Tomsa, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

The following post is fairly self explanatory. The person who submitted it states that they saw an Annapolis City police officer, James Spearman, parked illegally while having some unspecified interaction with a woman. Shortly after, Officer Spearman aggressively approaches Tomsa and begins filming with his own cell phone.

As anyone who has filmed the police knows, this is actually not an unusual reaction by cops. They often project their own displeasure at being filmed onto the people legally filming them and think they’ll  “show them” by filming them back. Generally, Cop Blockers don’t mind being filmed and it amounts to a whole lot of nothing.

However, in the case of Officer Spearman, as can be seen on the video, he acts very aggressively and purposely invades Tomsa’s personal space (something that would get a citizen arrested) in order to harass and intimidate him for exercising his legal right not only to film in public, but as has been affirmed numerous times in court, also to film public employees performing their duties.

Also on the video you can see several “Good Cops,” including Officer Kevin Freeman, show up after being called by Officer Spearman to back up his efforts to stop a citizen from exercising his legal rights. Initially, they remove Spearman from the area and pretend to be sympathetic to Tomsa’s valid complaint. However, when Tomsa begins walking away and Officer Spearman resumes his harassment of him, the other officers somehow don’t seem to notice, since they make no effort to intervene a second time.

Date of Incident: October 10, 2016
Officers Involved: Officer James Spearman Badge #2077, Officer Kevin Freeman, also multiple other officer who didn’t identify themselves.
Department Involved: Annapolis City Police Department
Department Facebook Page: Annapolis Police Department
Department Twitter Account: @AnnapolisPD
Internal Affairs Section:

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I would just like to start off by saying that my prior interactions with the law enforcement officers of the Great State of Maryland had been pretty good, overall. The Annapolis County Police have given me nothing but respect and even a little help in some situations with my filming of interactions with the police. For some reason though, it seems that the Annapolis City Police Department doesn’t do things quite the same way.

On the morning of October 10th, I got up early and, having the day off, decided to head to the state capital to see what was going on. After walking around for about a half-hour, I came across a police cruiser, which happened to be parked in a loading only zone. I noticed a woman interacting with a police officer, so I decided to film this attraction.

After a while, the woman left and the officer, after sitting in his car for a bit, got out and started approaching me. What transpired next is exactly what you see on the video.

Having pulled out his personal cell phone, he approached me continuously while trying to get a picture of me for some reason. Officer Spearman then chased me down a main thoroughfare in Annapolis about two blocks from where I originally started the interaction.

It was about at this point that other officers started arriving. The arriving officers then separated Officer Spearman and I. A second officer approached me and, as you can see in the video, I sort of explain the situation to him. A third officer, with a body cam, identified himself as Kevin Freeman. I found out later he was the commander for the Annapolis Police K-9 Division.

I explained the situation to him, he seemed to agreeably and professionally take my complaint about the officer and assured me it would be addressed. Unfortunately, as I was walking back towards the Capitol Building, Officer Spearman continued to follow me. He again began walking, unimpeded, away from the other officers, who had told me they wouldn’t let him do this.

As he was following me he made some very odd comments. I don’t know if you can hear them in the video, but one was, “now we’ll do a follow up with the Department of Homeland Security.” The other was, “We may have a lone wolf situation here.” Both ludicrous statements as you can tell from my reaction if the video.

I hope the public finds this video as informative as I did about certain officers within the Annapolis Police Department. And if anybody feels like expressing their own opinion to the Annapolis Police department, included are the public access, non-emergency numbers and email for their Internal Affairs Department, as well as links to their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Feel free to express your opinion, it is your right as much as filming them in public without having to be being harassed and intimidated is.

– Landon Tomsa

Just wanted to give a big thanks and a shout out to everyone involved at CopBlock.org. Though I have not been doing this very long, you guys have helped me immensely. Keep up the good work and let people know that Badges Don’t Grant Extra Rights.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Police Sergeant Claims Badges DO Grant Extra Rights!

This video was shared with the CopBlock Network by Tyler Wayne, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. It shows Tyler’s conversation with a Myrtle Beach police officer named Sgt. Richardson. on the surface of it, there’s nothing particularly outrageous about this video. The Sergeant is somewhat insulting toward Tyler at times and arrogant, but for the most part he maintains a fairly polite manner and doesn’t threaten him physically.

However, there are several interesting aspects to the conversation contained within the video. In short, Sgt. Richardson very clearly feels that badges should grant extra rights. The initial question about the parking is really more of a matter of principle than a huge rights violation or act of corruption. Why should police be able to just arbitrarily park wherever they want when they would want to engage in some Revenue Generation if they saw you do the same thing? Plus, his excuse for needing to do so was pretty shallow.

According to Richardson, if he had to arrest someone it would be unreasonable for him to have to “parade” someone through the parking lot. The problem with that is you can rather clearly see that if he parked in the front section of the parking area it would simply be a matter of crossing the street. That would maybe constitute an extra twenty feet and that’s being generous in the estimate.

Also something the sergeant mentions within that conversation is that he is working under a contract for the movie theater and is only “hired” there on weekends. So, in other words, he’s been hired through the department to perform private security for that business. That brings into question whether he’s even really on duty at the time. Regardless of whether he’s on the clock for the city or moonlighting, he’s working for a private company and not performing official police duties.

Screenshot_2016-06-05-12-11-17Beyond that, the legal exception for parking in fire zones for emergency vehicles is in fact usually restricted to during a response to an actual emergency. Furthermore, it’s not a question of whether those with badges wrote on a piece of paper that they get to have extra rights that is in question. It’s ironic the sergeant would accuse someone else of not respecting the law while he completely disregards it. The question is whether they should be afforded those extra rights.

It’s rather obvious that Sgt. Richardson believes they do. That’s evidenced not just by the parking issue, but by his reference to the fact that South Carolina does not allow the open carrying of pistols. At one point in the video, he references that he is allowed to wear a holstered pistol openly as one of those extra rights his employment affords him. And he seems rather proud of the fact that the Second Amendment right to bear arms has been restricted by the state for people not employed as cops.

Previously, Tyler submitted a video of himself being detained by a Darlington County Sheriff’s Deputy to the CopBlock Network in March of this year.

Date of Incident: June 4, 2016
Officer involved: Sergeant Richardson Badge #D27
Department Involved: Myrtle Beach (SC) Police Department
Complaint No.: Office of Professional Standards – (843) 918-1330/(843) 918-1382
Sheriff Philip L. Thompson: (843) 915-5450
Facebook Page: Myrtle Beach Police
Address: Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center, 1101 North Oak Street, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29578

I was visiting the mall in Myrtle Beach (Horry County) with my girlfriend. When we left I noticed a police officer parked in a “no parking zone”. I decided to record a short video for Instagram. After recording the first clip, I stood by the vehicle hoping the officer would come out so I could ask for his name and badge number.

He came out quickly with his business card ready. We then had a discussion, if you will, about parking laws, open carry, and unmarked police vehicles.

At one point I asked if he believed that badges granted extra rights and he responded with “when I’m on duty, yes”.

– Tyler Wayne

Incidentally, if you want to support Tyler’s future efforts to film the police in the Myrtle Beach area, you can do so by donating to the Citizens for Police Accountability GoFundMe page.