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Filming a Traffic Stop In Brevard County

Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:56 pm
by megillagorilla
Interesting legal ruling in May that rejects "sovereign immunity" for false arrest...
Background: Jeff Gray (honoryouroath on youtube) is filming a traffic stop in Brevard County.
Two cops roll up and start asking questions. The are clearly annoyed. One officer scolds him
for not having a press pass and orders him to stand over here, over there, etc. Then the same cop (Brian Stoll) goes to get
a local business owner to trespass him from the property. As Gray walks to
the sidewalk to comply Officer Stoll, clearly annoyed by the continuing photography, strikes Gray's hand (breaking the camera)
and tells Gray he's under arrest. Utters strange statement to Gray: "Resistance will be futile."
Charges later dropped by Prosecutor. (Since there was no crime...filming police is covered by the First Amendment.)
Recently Officer Brian Stoll, fighting the lawsuit from Gray, tried to use "sovereign immunity" to get the case tossed but a Federal
judge (Roy Dalton) ruled that there is no sovereign immunity for false arrest, only discretionary decisions officers make
subsequent to a legal arrest. The Battousai on youtube got a similar decision in Texas when arrested for filming a traffic stop.
...So you can keep filming police. The charges will be dropped if you are arrested and then you can sue for false arrest, at least in Texas
and Florida.

Re: Filming a Traffic Stop In Brevard County

Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:06 pm
by Guest
great post.