Idaho CopBlock

Published On January 8, 2013 | By Ademo Freeman | Articles, Videos

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.

Thanks again to Davey for submitting this post and video via CopBlock.org’s submission tab. Please share your thoughts, interactions and videos with CopBlock.org by clicking here.

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  • http://idahocopblock.webs.com Davey Giesbrecht

    Thanks for sharing this. I would like to add that you do not have to spend hundreds on a dash camera. An old cell phone, iPod touch, or anything really that had a camera built in with a long enough recording time works. Then you can just buy a mount and let it go. My dashcam has come in handy more than once and I am at the point where I record every second my truck is on. In this video it did show that the light was moved to follow me exactly. I would not have knwn that otherwise, it was also great to show that I was standing safely In the view of them and was not making any movements outside what is considered to be “normal”.

  • JT

    Question would a polarized filter help when they try that crap.

  • http://thorax232.blogspot.com Ethan Glover

    Good job from Davey, he makes a great example.
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  • http://Copblock.org/groups Davey Giesbrecht.

    Great question JT, and the answer is yes, it would slightly help. There are problems through. One is that I am aiming to get the officer on video and it would still prevent that because the light is very bright. And another problem, a personal one. In my videos, I want you to see what I see, and I couldn’t see very well at all. And the camera I was using shows that well. I was using an iPhone 4S, I did not have time to get a different one out. In the future I will be using a Nikon D3200 with a 55-200mm, and some other gadgets.

  • Chris

    Davey, can you please tell me the make and model of your dashcam? I have two dashcams and I’m not happy with either one of them.

    Thanks,

    Chris

  • http://Copblock.org/groups Davey Giesbrecht
  • rick

    I have this in my truck:

    http://www.chinavasion.com/china/wholesale/Car_Video/Car_DVR/Premium_Full_HD_1080p_Car_DVR_with_G-Sensor_120_Degree_Wide_Angle_Motion_Detection/

    True 1080p HD, ~$100, stuff it behind the rearview mirror to minimize obstruction and run wire along top of windshield and around frame to plug in.

  • rick

    In the event the above fails, I will buy Blackvue because it is HD and mounting space is very discrete, however $$

    http://www.blackvue.co.uk/index.php/online-shop/blackvue-products/blackvue-new-dr400g-hd-with-gps-v2-detail

  • http://Copblock.org/groups Davey Giesbrecht

    I used a 4th gen 32gb iPod touch, I also have a Sony action cam but don’t have a stable mount for it yet. The iPod can record about 4 hours of video. And I wired it to unlimited power.

  • North Philly

    god this video sucks

  • wiguy

    They really hats video cameras.

  • wiguy

    *hate

  • enslavekeene

    Look like this was a case of copblockBLOCK!! Good job IPD in da place 2 be!!

  • t.

    The first part of video shows what clearly appears to be the officers wig-wag headlight…not him spoligthing you (watching the flashing patteren…its very visible when the camera moves to the other side…same flashing patteren)

    Davey: So, do you think that its somehow wrong for the officer to try and see how is walking around at the edge of the darkness, pointing something at him? All he did was use a light to key an eye join you in the dark. What exactly is your complainant? What do you think he did wrong?

  • http://Copblock.org/groups Davey Giesbrecht

    Well I was in the light of the gas station, I was also in the light of my headlights and fog lights. I was standing upright behind and to the side of my camera and with my gads to my sides. I am not saying that he acted wrong, I’m saying that he could have asked me rather that following me around with it.

  • t.

    No offense, you do realize he was doing something else right?

  • http://Copblock.org/groups Davey Giesbrecht

    What do you mean? He had a traffic stop in progress.

  • underoath

    Davey, while I appreciate the fact that you can engage people who disagree with your actions in a civil manner, I see nothing wrong with what the officer did . I would do the same thing. That officer does not know you nor your intentions.

  • http://Copblock.org Davey Giesbrecht

    I understand your point of view. I really did not mean for this to become this big of a deal. I put it up as a record to keep. I have learned a lot from it. I was in complete view already, in the light of the gas station, my headlights, his led’s. and more. I have no argument against you or anyone else. I didn’t need this to become a big deal. LOL.

  • t.

    Davey: Its not a big deal, just an exchange of ideas. As for the officer doing something else, as you replied, a traffic stop. Exactly. He needs to concentrate on that and then he’s got someone (you in this instance) walking around pointing something at him.

    I’m certainly not saying you did something wrong, but neither did he. You did exactly what I call for around here all the time. Film Film Film. Just don’t get involved. You held the officer “accountable” without having to interred. And he just kept an eye on you.

  • Pete Eyre

    Thanks for documenting and sharing Davey. Good stuff.

    As Ademo already pointed-out, even in interactions that seem relatively placid, it’s good experience for you as a videographer and helps to communicate to those involved in the stop (both the robber and person threatened) that people aren’t questioning as the statist quo is pursued but instead are working to create a better alternative.

    If you’re looking for feedback – you may want to narrate as you collect the video. That way, it can make for faster editing (since you won’t have to text it in) and if the footage is ever used in legal land (let’s say the robber decides to kidnap/cage you) your overview will be included, which will help to frame the conversation.

    Also, doing narration can help calm you down (not that I thought you weren’t calm in this iteration), since you’re focused on facts and communicating. Overall it’s just a good habit to have as it encourages you to be more of a fact-finder (try to get pertinent info like the badge/name of the robber, the vehicle number/plate, which can be used later to ID if needed).

    Great to know you’re out there bro!

  • steve H

    I have some advice for all videographers and copwatchers. Join the National Press Photographers Association, NPPA. The dues are very reasonable and if you ever get in a police encounter where they take your camera or arrest you, Mickey O. their lawyer can give you alot of help and get some local and state media to follow your story. Just a pitch for the great help they gave me with an arrest for filming police.