On a normal night of patrolling Rick of RealjGonzo Media and myself (Severin Freeman) came across an entire street corner surrounded by police.
We assumed it was a major bust so we quickly took positions with cameras to gain a record of what was occurring.
After several minutes we realize what we had come across was not a big bust at all. It was a group of about 6 cops hanging out and chatting. There were another 3 officers standing with the driver of the car that had started the situation. They were having a conversation about the window tint on his car.
After the officers realize they were being filmed they quickly dispersed leaving only the undercover cop and 3 of his plain clothed officers to handle the window tint.
They pull out all the tricks, down to even measuring the gap between the cars tire and the wheel well.
While the cops wasted time and money harassing a person, I took the opportunity to educate a few people on their rights to film police and public officials.
All in all this was a perfect example of why the cost of police forces around the country are so far out of control. Over 10 cops respond to window tint casue they have nothing better to do. The stop costs the taxpayers more than $300.00. This was one stop in one night. Add these up over months and years, then tack on the abuse lawsuits and you will see why police cost what they do.
Its in their interest to abuse their power like this. When they spend this much this year, next year they can ask for more.
If you are sick of this type of police abuse feel free to let the department know. You can contact them on their Facebook page HERE .
Always remember to film the police. Its only with the truth of our cameras can we hope to expose these abuses. Do not expect them to expose themselves.
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