[Watch] Videotaping Cops Results in Charges For Non-Obedience, Exercising First Amendment

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The police officers in Petersburg, Virginia, don’t want to be photographed, and they’ll go out of their way to prevent it from happening.

The cop that comes on the porch in this video has probably heard of something called the First Amendment, but may not allow little things like that to get in the way of conducting his “police work.”

The statement from the Petersburg Police Department asserts that officers do not hinder the public from recording video as it is their right to do so.” Clearly that is exactly what the officer that comes onto the porch is doing, so that denial in the face of obvious video evidence then calls into question the legitimacy of other statements made and the openness with which the department operates.

In a separate incident, Devin Thomas was arrested and charged with the customary “resisting arrest” as well as disorderly conduct for video-taping officers.

It’s clearly the policy in Petersburg to discourage video-taping and that sometimes results in other charges and physical altercations.

Unless Petersburg is a Constitution free-zone, the police may need to review their practices.

Rick Wells is a conservative author who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please “Like” him on Facebook, “Follow” him on Twitter or visit www.rickwells.us