TheDrewKS, on YouTube, made the video above regarding his camera being taken by a local police officer of the Ramsey County Sheriffs Department. Even though TheDrewks was filming her legally, in public space, the officer still took the camera. She, the officer, even acknowledges TheDrewks’s right to film but them mumbles something about the privacy of another person. Sorry folks, if you’re in public space it doesn’t matter if you like it or not, you can be recorded. In fact, this is extremely common due to all the camera at business and in possession of government (like red light cameras), so you’re already being recorded.
TheDrewks then heads down to the police station to try to get his property back. After a long conversation with two police officers they promise to help return his property and sort out the misunderstanding. Yet, two weeks go by before TheDrewks ihears anything back so he attempts to inquire about his property again. That’s when he finds out that not only are the police keeping his property but they’re actually charging him with disorderly conduct (contempt of cop) and obstruction of justice. All because the police simply don’t want to admit their officer did wrong and make right. It’s more logical, in the minds of police, to place a few charges on TheDrewks to justify the actions of their fellow officer.
I feel that TheDrewks will win this case, even if only in the court of public opinion, because he’s done what most forget (or are unable to do). He took video of the incident and posted it publicly, as well as the video/audio of the follow up incidents. Making it clear to everyone that the police are simply protecting themselves and highlighting, with amazing clarity, who has the gun in the room.
I’ll keep you posted on the progression of this case and feel free to check out TheDrewks’s other CopBlocking videos on his YouTube Channel.