Video: Cop Lands Helicopter to Harass Woman
Ridiculous waste of police resources caught on camera
Paul Joseph Watson
February 8, 2013
A San Bernardino police officer piloting a helicopter was caught on camera circling a lone woman in the desert, before landing the chopper and then proceeding to harass her in a ridiculous example of how police resources are being wasted to shake down innocent people.
The clip begins with the police helicopter making numerous over flights of the woman as she films the chopper.
The helicopter then shines a light in the direction of the woman as it hovers lower and prepares to land. The chopper lands and the pilot, an officer with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s office, approaches the woman and asks her what she is doing.
“Just exploring and picking up rocks,” the woman responds.
The cop then demands the woman’s ID to which she responds she doesn’t have any. When the woman asks why he is questioning her, the cop responds, “We’re investigating something right now.”
The police officer then proceeds to take the woman’s name and date of birth in order to perform a criminal background check via his walkie-talkie.
After he gets a response from police headquarters, the cop asks the woman if she has any weapons, orders her, “don’t put your hands in your pockets,” and then proceeds to perform an unconstitutional search of her person.
“I know you’re doing your job but I don’t consent to a search,” says the woman as the cop continues to rifle through her belongings.
The cop eventually walks back to the helicopter having nullified whatever threat a woman out in the middle of the desert posed to the safety of San Bernardino residents.
The incident took place on January 24, before the shootings that led to the manhunt for Christopher Dorner.
With many police departments across the country going broke and telling citizens they will no longer be able to respond to crimes like criminal damage and burglaries, the officer’s actions during this incident represent a ludicrous waste of police resources.
It costs well over $2,000 dollars an hour to fuel a police helicopter. The video footage lasts ten minutes, and even after the cop lands the chopper, he keeps the rotator blades switched on during the entire incident.
At the start of the clip, the woman indicates the helicopter made several low passes before landing. Given that the duration of the incident probably ran to about half an hour, this absurd event cost taxpayers about a thousand dollars – all for the purpose of pointlessly violating an innocent woman’s 4th amendment right.
If you learned that the people you had hired to protect your liberty and your property had in fact destroyed both, would you keep them on the job? Tonight: The curious case of government debt is back on the front burner.
Originally aired 1/18/12 on “Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano” on Fox Business Network
Oxford City Council Mandates CCTV Cameras In Taxies by 2015
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Amazing how the book, 1984 has been coming to true everyday I live. This makes me sad and dishearten.
First time accepted submitter Beowulf878 writes “In yet another data-collection feast by the government in the UK, a local council has proposed fitting at least one CCTV camera per taxi to record every conversation. Obviously the reason given is our own safety. Thoughts?”
Jay Beeber Defeats LA’s Red Light Cameras
Uploaded by ReasonTV on Aug 23, 2011
Thanks to filmmaker and activist Jay Beeber, Angelenos will no longer live under the watchful irises of the city’s red light cameras, which mostly just catch people making right turns on red.
“Seventy-five percent of this multi-million dollar program is going to try to change a behavior that doesnt actually cause any accidents,” says Beeber.
Reason.tv’s Tim Cavanaugh sat down with Beeber to discuss his one-man crusade to rid Los Angeles of red light cameras, which he says actually make intersections more dangerous and, incredibly, cost the city money despite promises of greater efficiency. Following this interview, Beeber and his group Safer Streets LA won their battle when the city council voted unanimously to end the red light camera program despite tough oppositiion from special interests and local politicians.
Interview by Tim Cavanaugh. Shot by Zach Weissmueller, Alex Manning, and Paul Detrick. Edited by Sharif Matar.
Approximately 8:30 minutes.
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MPD: State motion insufficient to prompt return of seized cameras
Uploaded by RidleyReport on Jul 1, 2011
Sponsor: http://FreeKeene.com - MPD: State motion insufficient to prompt return of seized cameras. The devices were seized June 4 from protesters and indie media outlets during a protest in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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A note regarding “the other side of the story.” I would prefer to call the relevant police, question them and record the entire interaction on tape when they are accused. But the wiretap law - which their chiefs so ardently defend - has a chilling effect on such calls. So I generally choose to practice overobedience - and decline to call for their opinions. In this sense, their bad law saves me time and costs them the chance to present their views.
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