The above video was taken by Davey Giesbrecht, active with Idaho CopBlock, and is a great example of two things, IMO. First, this is a quality Cop Block by Davey who was on his way to a prior engagement but saw this traffic stop. I always try to film a stop in progress when I see one and hope others do so as well. This is not only great practice for CopBlocking but also keeps the cops in your area on their toes. They will always wonder if you’re going to show up or think you might be in the distance already. Second, the video shows how childish some Officers are when being filmed. Instead of just ‘doing his/her job’ this Officer seemed more focused on blinding the camera. According to Davey:
I was driving down government way in Hayden Idaho when I saw 2 police officers had pulled someone over. I safely went in to their view and got out and began to record. After a minute they shined the spot light at me so my camera could not pick up the area as well, so I moved and the light followed (clearly shown in the video). I was on my way to a store meeting and did not want to go through the deal of talking to them so I left.
Aside from the points I made above there are several educational aspects to this video as well. First, notice how Davey kept his distance and focused on covering the whole scene. This is key to recording a stop in progress, if Davey had run up to the Officer he might have spooked him. Making for a dangerous interaction. Second, Davey has his car outfitted with a dash cama and kept himself in that view. Meaning if the officer had approached Davy he would have that interaction on video as well. If you don’t have a dash cam like Davey it’s always best to go out CopBlocking with others and utilize the A and B roles. The A role films the cop and the stop, while the B role films the person filming the stop, from a distance. This allows the B role person to leave the scene, if needed, to publish video and share what interactions had transpired.
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