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Cop tells student filming him: ‘You
just lost your free speech rights!’

Daily Caller, by Robby Soave

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 2/27/2014 5:32:16 AM

A chilling video of Maryland police silencing an innocent student who was recording the arrests of two other people has civil libertarians outraged. The arrests were made at night on the streets of Towson, Maryland. A University of Maryland-Baltimore County student who witnessed the arrests decided to record them using his cell phone. The student, 21-year-old Sergio Gutierrez, was soon approached by officers who objected — wrongly — to his actions. Gutierrez repeatedly told the officers that he knew he had the right to film them, but the cops were prepared to use any excuse to shut him down. First they told

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: miceal, 2/27/2014 5:43:17 AM     (No. 9748219)

I suspect Sergio will not have to take out student loans to pay for his college and these "police officers" will be on the welfare line very soon......

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Janjan, 2/27/2014 6:25:00 AM     (No. 9748249)

There are a lot of police officers who are out of control and need to be removed from their jobs. It is easy to be a tough guy when there are several of you wearing guns with the authority to make an arrest - whether a crime has been committed or not. It is all part of the long arm of the government taking over our lives and making personal decisions about who has rights and who doesn´t.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 2/27/2014 6:45:34 AM     (No. 9748264)

#1, I doubt if the offending officers will be fired. In the last year, how many cops have kept their jobs even after shooting unarmed people/dogs? Here in NC, a cop was called to the home of a schizophrenic teenager recently. The teen was having a psychotic episode, and was resisting arrest. The cop said I´m sick of this &&$" and shot the teen dead, the cop is still employed.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bugger, 2/27/2014 6:47:36 AM     (No. 9748268)

I now fear the police, I don´t know why we pay them. I have read account after account of the use of excessive force on law abiding citizens, some resulting in death. Couple these incidents with the numerous cases of S.W.A.T. style home invasions where the residents were also innocent. Check out the Blaze regularly, rarely does a day go by without one reported incident.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: seamusm, 2/27/2014 7:00:50 AM     (No. 9748284)

The vast majority of police men and women are considerate and decent people doing a job the rest of us would avoid. I am certain that most police departments struggle to avoid hiring those susceptible to being a bully. But either those preventive efforts are failing (as we seem to be learning more and more from phone cameras) or the job is a stress that changes some people. Once found, however, such blue-clad thugs have no business ´protecting´ us.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 2/27/2014 7:04:14 AM     (No. 9748287)

Will someone here please explain the differences and similarities between "freedom of speech" and "freedom to film"? Are both approximately the same? Should both enjoy equal Constitutional protection?

Personally, if I were a cop and upset that someone was filming me, I would just make the individual delete the recording and then hand his device, minus the battery, back to him.

There are no "innocent students" only those that haven´t been caught and convicted yet!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hank Reardon, 2/27/2014 7:10:14 AM     (No. 9748293)

Look at the bright side - they didn´t kill him. Innocent citizens throughout the country are being slaughtered every week at the hands of the increasingly-militarized local police. Wake up, folks!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/27/2014 7:13:27 AM     (No. 9748301)

I have enormous respect for the men and women to work in law enforcement. They are my neighbors and friends. Any organization has its share of misfits and the tragedy of a misfit in the police force is that person is armed. Every department with the resources to do so has a screening program to locate those who aren´t emotionally or mentally equipped to handle the responsibility. There´s no perfect method.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/27/2014 7:14:00 AM     (No. 9748303)

s/b "who work in law enforcement"

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 2/27/2014 7:14:03 AM     (No. 9748304)

The police officer blew his entire case and also cast aspersions on his police training when at the beginning of the video said the student had ´´distracted´´ him from his duties. You can´t distract a GOOD police officer.

I foresee a big hullabaloo of officers in ´´Sensitivity Training´´ and language alternatives for those of limited vocabulary. Now if the illustrious POTUS will opine ´´the officer acted stupidly,´´ it´ll be déjà vu.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: littleorby, 2/27/2014 7:14:18 AM     (No. 9748306)

#6: I suggest you review your comments.

Your reasoning in the second paragraph, is flawed.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: littleorby, 2/27/2014 7:47:14 AM     (No. 9748350)

Oh! And #9 that should be ´whom´

A man who is . . .,(individual)

A man who´s talents are . . ., (individual)

Men whom are . . ., (more than one)

Men whose talents are . . ., (more than one)

SIGNED: /Editor in Chief/

I thought a while before posting this, but I did anyway . . ., spank me, I deserve it!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/27/2014 8:38:49 AM     (No. 9748421)

Sure hope #12 never decides to critique my posts.
Anyway, let´s hope a few cops get their heads screwed on straight.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: miceal, 2/27/2014 8:49:35 AM     (No. 9748434)

I live with a linguist and an English Professor and a Librarian too. All rapped up in the same adorable package. Number 12 was not spanked enough as a child... Just sayin´...

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/27/2014 9:13:00 AM     (No. 9748483)

Cop, ´YOU are making a career decision to harass me´...keep it up, my camera and my friends, that you don´t see, are capturing all of this.

See you in court, welcome to the unemployed!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: littleorby, 2/27/2014 9:15:32 AM     (No. 9748488)

#14: That should be ´wrapped´, not "All rapped up in . . ."

I knew I shouldn´t have hit the radio button on 12 . . ., actually, I´m amused.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: rlcnutter, 2/27/2014 9:50:31 AM     (No. 9748541)

I guess I´m really going to be going agaisnt the grain here. What I see in the video are a bunch of drunk college kids out on the street and cops working to break up the crowd. A drunken crowd is always dangerous for cops. They didn´t take his phone, they didn´t stop his recording, they told him to walk away. Because he resisted that, it drew more of a crowd. Had he simply walked away it would have aided in the breaking up of the crowd. Again, a CROWD of drunks is dangerous.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/27/2014 10:01:37 AM     (No. 9748568)

#12, I´ll assume your grammatical "corrections" were made in jest.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: gasmeterguy, 2/27/2014 10:32:34 AM     (No. 9748636)

I stand with #12. We need more people to play grammar police. I, for one, appreciate being corrected in both my spelling and grammar. I want to appear educated and using bad syntax or whatever is a sign of being less than fully educated.

So when Obama said corpseman instead of corpsman, I knew Obama was less than fully educated. Of course I discovered Obama´s lack of intellect when he said he visited 57 states with two more to go.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: bugboy, 2/27/2014 10:47:40 AM     (No. 9748662)

No cop in this country can take away your right to free speech, even the ones that play Gestapo.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/27/2014 10:57:47 AM     (No. 9748680)

I just read an article..from SC, a policeman pulled over a 70 yo man for expired tags, the man got out of his truck and reach for his walking cane and the policeman shot him.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 2/27/2014 10:58:39 AM     (No. 9748685)

This happened in Maryland. The police officer was not out of line; that´s exactly what is expected of police officers in Maryland.

No, I don´t want to live there, either.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/27/2014 12:21:57 PM     (No. 9748873)

#21 might have been reading the huffington post, NYT or the Onion.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: MTGardenerview, 2/27/2014 1:30:04 PM     (No. 9748988)

# 19 Obama´s reference visiting all 57
states was not a slip of the tongue or lack
of intellect.
It was a cold calculated statement that flew over the heads of 99.9 % of Americans

He was referring to the 57 states of the
Organization of the Islamic Conference.
It is based in Saudi Arabia, is the equivalent of the UN of Muslim States.
Check it out and then you will understand why Obama bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia



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Reply 25 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 2/27/2014 1:48:47 PM     (No. 9749019)

Where I learned English, WHO was subjective and WHOM was objective. Just saying......

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Reply 26 - Posted by: stjohnswood, 2/27/2014 2:58:57 PM     (No. 9749140)

Referring to #12: ´´A man who´s talents are . . ., (individual)´´ ???
Or, ´a man whose talents are´.
Thinking #18 must be right. ....otherwise, lol.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: blueline, 2/27/2014 3:04:29 PM     (No. 9749148)

In the last 30 years (my length of involvement in it), we in law enforcement have lost the presumption of propriety. Much of it is our fault, like the example here where the officer lets his emotions cause him to make an utterly stupid statement. I also attribute the loss to the fact that instant, global exposure to multitudes of use-of-force incidents, without context, give the impression that most cops are out of control, brutish thugs.
It´s a fact: beyond verbal "commands", the use of force isn´t pretty to observe. It involves the infliction of pain and incapacitation in order to gain compliance. Grimaces, screams, wounds, etc... are companions to the pain. It does not occur like on the TV shows where the cop simply renders a couple of "oooh - wow" moves and the person submits. It´s ugly and frightening for all involved including the officer, and they/we want to end it quickly and successfully. However, as long as the resistance continues, the use of force will escalate with it until compliance is achieved.
What I´m saying is that this is a very difficult time for all of us. YOUR local officers are being challenged and resisted as never before, and we are working to adapt to more difficult situations. Some of us will fail at times. That does not mean that our souls have become dark and our motives corrupt. That means we are human.
I have absolutely no tolerance for a corrupt officer. Throw the book at them. However, please resist the attempts by some to condemn us all and drive a wedge between you and us. Thanks for listening.

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Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this


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