Which of these 4 items is illegal?
- Filming a government building
- Not responding to police officers’ questions
- Not presenting ID to police in Virginia
- Arresting a person for any of the above
If you picked number 4, you’re right. Yet on July 3rd, Kyle David Hammond was arrested in Henrico, Virginia after refusing to speak or show his ID to police officers who took issue with his filming outside an FBI building.
As usual, police apologists commenting online were quick to show their utter ignorance of and complete disdain for basic civil liberties in America and those who exercise them. Virginia is not a “stop and identify” state; Outside of driving a vehicle, you are not required to identify yourself to law enforcement unless you are under arrest.
THIS is why you record other people’s interactions with the cops.
THIS is why you KNOW YOUR RIGHTS so you can Flex Your Rights.
THIS is why you should always be Filming Cops!!!!
THIS is an EXCELLENT example right here!!!
According to this recent article on Activist Post, “A man was hassled by a cop for walking his dog at night. A cop-blocking pedestrian came to offer some accountability by simply walking up with his camera. What happens next would be truly funny if it weren’t for the fact that the bullying tactic often works to harm many Americans.
This infuriated the cop who demanded to know the man’s name. “Am I being detained?” was all the man repeated in a respectful manner, also emphasizing that he does not consent to answer questions.
But this citizen knew his rights. That he doesn’t have to answer questions unless he is being detained or suspected of a crime.”
Read the rest of the article here.