In-between court appearances for allegedly vandalizing the Fresno Peace Officers Memorial, I noticed a city bus stopped with flashers, and an FPD cruiser pulling up behind it. I ran through a quick set of scenarios in my head before turning around. Most traffic stops, Ill drive right by. If my mission is to film the police that night, or for a certain time period that day, I might not pass them up but when Ive only got an hour for lunch; before a meeting with my lawyer. I’m not so inclined to spend half of it watching someone get a ticket.
This was different. I came to the conclusion that the city bus contacting the police was probably going to be more interesting than a regular traffic stop. So I pulled a U-turn and began to film. At the end of the video, I asked one of the officers if he felt that filming the police eroded trust in the department, and he refused to comment on video.