Boston’s Top Cop Wants To Restrict Your Right To Record The Cop Who Is Beating You (VIDEO)

The various incidents of police misconduct that have been caught on camera over the past year or two have motivated some police officers to speak out in favor of doing something about it. But it’s not the police misconduct they want to eliminate, it’s the citizens with the cameras.

In an interview with the Boston Herald, Boston’s top cop, William Evans, says that he would like to see laws requiring “distance” between people using video cameras and the police they are filming. He tells the Boston Herald,

Should you be up in a police officer’s face and agitating them? Absolutely not. Because we’ve seen it through all these demonstrations. It interferes sometimes with us (being) able to look at the crowd and focus on what our mission is.

That’s a curious statement. Thinking back over all of the videos of police encounters with civilians in recent months, I can’t recall a single one where a person was “up in a police officer’s face,” unless that happened after the initial encounter with the police. Evans is spinning a false narrative about people and police to make his case. There probably are some nuts out there who deliberately set out to agitate the police in any way that they can, but as far as a rash of people with cell phone cameras who are going out and provoking police during a disturbance, or when police are trying to arrest someone? It’s just not happening.

What is being captured on cell phones are incidents such as these:

  • A Florida cop knocked a disabled veteran’s cell phone out of his hand as the man was recording the cop, who was hassling him for being parked in a handicapped spot, even though the man had a handicapped sticker on his car.
  • Police in Ohio arrested a black family at a community pool. The local police chief tried to claim that the officers felt they were under threat of bodily harm.
  • The infamous pool party in Texas, where a white officer went berserk and started harassing black teens.
  • The illegal chokehold placed on Eric Garner by an NYPD officer.

Evans is getting pushback on his suggestion. Matt Segal, legal director for the Massachusetts ACLU, says that he believes that any law restricting a citizen’s right to record police actions would be overturned. Segal says, “As long as someone is not obstructing a police officer’s movements, they have a right to record.”

It’s not likely that any legislator in liberal Massachusetts would propose a law like Evans wants. Even conservative Texas dropped a proposed bill that would have put restrictions on citizens’ filming of police activity.

Do you think that Commissioner Evans is on the right track with this? He’s trying to protect his cops, but he’s trying to protect them from a problem that largely doesn’t exist.

Here’s the video, via the Boston Herald:


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