South Florida cops detained a man after he recorded several
officers running a stop sign outside the police station where his
wife works last month.
The Delray Beach cops never admitted they detained him for
recording them blatantly violating traffic laws.
But a recording of the call to dispatch reveals a department
employee placed the call to report a “suspicious man” she observed
backed into a parking spot “pointing a Sony camera where police
vehicles are exiting.”
The call alarmed the cops enough to send several officers to
stand by while a couple of them interrogated the man, who
spoke to PINAC but wishes to remain anonymous.
When the man mentioned his right to be free from search or
questioning without being suspected of a crime, Delray Beach cops
said they had the right to detain him because of “weird times
“It’s just weird times nowadays, sir. We just wanna I–make sure
you’re doing things right,” one cop said.
“Do you suspect me of [committing] a crime?” he responded.
“Your suspicious behavior,” Lieutenant Vinnie Gray says.
“Is that a crime?” the man asks calmly.
“The video camera is right on the dash at the level of the dash
where the lens would be to see these vehicles exiting,” the
department employee can be heard explaining to the dispatcher.
“I mean, you know, you can video tape the PD all you want, but
that’s just weird.”
“Of course it’s weird,” the dispatcher snapped.
The police employee reported to the dispatcher she couldn’t see
the man very well, and couldn’t really determine what the man was
doing that would warrant contact from police, because of the glare
on his windshield.
Gray, along with eight other cops, eventually arrived to deal
with their perceived threat.
“What’s going on?” Gray asks in a friendly voice.
“I don’t know,” the man shrugs. “I’m sitting here waiting for my
wife, OK? I’m filming four or five or six cop cars blow that stop
sign,” he says pointing to the sign.
“And I think it’s funny. You know, that you guys enforce the
law…. So, I’m just sitting here and all of a sudden, this guy rolls
up like a SWAT team or something, like I’m doing something wrong
here. All I’m doing is filming you guys run the stop sign as I’m
waiting for my wife come out.”
“Does that seem like suspicious behavior to you?”
Lt. Gray leans his head into the driver’s side window and asks
the man to roll down his window.
“No. I’d prefer not to, with all due respect. OK?”
“You’re waiting for your wife, getting your wife involved, if
you would have just let officers know why youR...