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Ambrusio had an interesting interaction with a Greenville County police employee. According to her:
This officer, Deputy P.B. Baynes, was driving in the left lane for about 10-15 miles with never leaving the lane. He was doing about 73 mph, which I based off my speed of 71/72 MPH. I stayed behind him the entire time we were on the road together. At one point he ended up behind another vehicle that was unable to move over because I was in the next lane. He proceeded to sound his siren for 2 seconds then turned it off. I believed it was to make the person in front of him move over. This upset me so when we finally became parallel to each other I said “you’re disgusting“.
He immediately slammed his breaks, turned his sirens on and came dangerously close to the back of my car. As you can see in the video his first question when he came up to the window was “what did you mouth to me?” This was clearly his only concern and he even said it was illegal. He tried to violate my basic civil rights by abusing his authority and threatening to give me a ticket. I flexed my rights and was still only handed a warning. Because of that I believe this video can be somewhat instructional.
– Kathleen Ambrusio
Ambrusio’s video seems to back her claims.
Once again we have another cop caught on video abusing his power because someone hurt his feelings. If you or I were driving down the road and someone ‘mouthed’ something to you would you be able to force them to the side of the road, approach their car with a firearm and demand they identify themselves? Of course not. Yet, that’s what this officer did to Ambrusio and it’s not right.
While some might buy the police employee’s bullcrap about Ambrusio speeding it was clearly a line of crap. Even if we forget that speeding laws are just revenue generation schemes for police and have little to do with preventing accidents or keeping you safe. This stop was simply about police butthurt. Which is nothing new but the abundance of it being caught on video is somewhat alarming.
What’s so alarming isn’t necessarily that giving a pig the bird has a reaction. It’s THE reaction that is commonly given that is interesting. How are cops, in the highly technologically advanced age, continually caught so blantely violating their oath, individual rights and just about everything they stand for. Police officers know they need probable cause or to actually witness a crime (or vehicle violation) being committed to conduct a traffic stop. Yet, time and time again we see police officers conducting stops simply because they had their feelz hurt.
This was the case when Adam Rupeka was pepper sprayed for giving an Albany cop the finger. When Joshua Shackelford was illegally stopped and cited for a middle finger as well. Or when Parma police arrested Greater Cleveland CopBlock founder, Deo Odolecki, for CopBlocking one of their police checkpoints (and filming them).
The point is that if the police are so quick to blatantly disregard their basic principals – probable cause, bear witness or have a victim as the premise for a crime, stop or arrest – than how in the world can they be trusted to do their jobs at all?