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Mar. 14, 2013
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Police in Parramatta, Australia do not like being filmed. When a young man happened upon a group of cops searching a black youth in what he believed was a random search, he took his camera out and started to film the police.
Filming police in Australia is entirely within the law, just last week the Sydney New South Wales Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Murdoch, commenting on a very public incident of alleged police brutality during a Mardi Gras celebration, criticized his officers for threatening a videographer who captured the disturbing video on tape, saying ordering the man to stop filming showed the "naivety" of the police officers involved. I guess word never made it around to the officers seen in this video, as they show just the same "naivety."
In this video, Australian police officers upon noticing they're being filmed threaten to charge the youth with "hindering," which is Australian police's catch-all go-to false-charge-of-choice in the same fashion as American police's charge of "interfering."
As two cops bandy about threats of "hindering," another officer by the name of "Senior Constable A. Loxley" starts to freak out and asks him, "Why are you filming?! Why are you specifically filming us?!"
"Because I can film."
"But you can't use our audio, I don't give you permission to use our audio."
"OK, I'll cut the audio out."
At this point two officers say they "intend to search" him, and "failure to comply with [their] request means you may be committing an offense, do you understand?"
"Recording you is not an offense, officer."
The youth says he "doesn't consent" to being searched without a parent or guardian, at which point the officer violently grabs him, the youth responds saying "he's touching me, he's squeezing me, he's hurting me!"
The young man says in his own report the officer "hit the iPad I was using to record and twist[ed] my hands and arm to my back," but he managed to "slip out" of the cop's grip.
He then moves to record his friend being shoved up against a wall by police, his friend suddenly screams out in pain as the three police harassing the one youth appear to shove his face into a wall, which reportedly caused him to suffer "what doctors said was mild internal bruising" and a "swollen eye which will result in a black eye."
As this happens Constable Loxley is continually ordering him to put his camera down, when the youth hears his friend scream in pain, he yells out, "Oh my god! Oh my fucking god! Are you serious?!"
Constable Loxley lights up at the smell of blood because cursing is a so-called crime in Australia, finally the cop has some charges to threaten the youth with to get him to comply with his will!
"Watch your language or I'll arrest you for it! ... If you swear one more time in public, sir, I will arrest you for offensive language, do you understand?!"
Now that the cop has some "legitimate" charges to hit the youth with, he tacitly admits he's aware filming police is not a crime, and says "If you want to film, that's all well and good, but if you give us a hard time, I'll arrest you for offensive language!"
The cop again threatens to charge him with "hinder[ing]" and orders him to go across the street, to which the youth complies likely due to fear of the offensive language charge. After his friend is released, seemingly without any charges, he joins with him on the other side of the street. As they go to leave they approach Constable Loxley and ask to get his name.
"Go away!" Constable Loxley grunts out before he seemingly swipes at the youth, jostling his camera.
"Take the thing away now! If you stick that in my face one more time! Get it out of my personal space! Get out of my personal space, son! ... You've been filming me all the time, you haven't stopped!"
Eventually, Constable Loxley successfully bullies the youth into leaving after throwing around a plurality of threats, when another officer takes his own camera out to photograph the young man he said he posed and smiled for the picture, he then told the officer to please "put it on my Facebook."
"Put it on the police Facebook!"
"We will," the cops respond.
"Wave to the camera!" he tells them!
Here's how it went down in the young videographer's own words:
Bradley and I were just chilling in Parramatta across from the station (Opposite side of Westfield where Hungry Jacks is)_
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