Blinded by the Light


It seems the police have found a new way to interfere with photographers that are legally filming police activity.  We have seen it before in videos, but there seems to be a growing problem in which police officers are shining their lights into the face of the photographer and the camera.  This is a clear violation of those photographers constitutionally protected First Amendment rights.  I can understand if it is night-time and they see someone in the shadows and want to ensure that the person is not a threat by briefly shining their light in that direction to see who is standing there.  The actions of the officers in the two videos above go too far.

The two videos uploaded to YouTube by The Battousai demonstrate how far these officers go to harass and intimidate photographers that are clearly engaged in legal activity.  He shot the videos at two different traffic stops in Round Rock, TX.  Both times the same officer, as well as other officers, shine their lights in the direction of the camera in an attempt to interfere with hims ability to record their stops.  In the second video they use the strobe settings on their flashlights.  Many states have laws against the use of those strobes due to the health hazards that exist for people, such as those with epilepsy, in which the strobe effect can induce a seizure.

At the end of the second video, Battousai confronts one of the officers and requests his name and badge number.  The officer lies and tells him that he blocked does not have a badge number.  Batt called the department later on and got the very badge number that the lying cop said didn’t exist.   The officer is Officer Robert Saucedo of the Round Rock PD in Texas.  At one point in the second video, Batt is able to move positions and block the light coming from the officer’s car to get the shot.  His quick thinking allowed him to continue to document these officers.

Below is a video I shot over this past weekend where an officer was being an ass and shining his light at me.  His actions were not nearly as extreme as the officers in Batt’s videos above, but it goes to show that more and more officers are starting to play this game.  I did not have my light with me on that evening, but I normally carry a 1,000 Lumens Lensor Tactical light that puts many of their lights to shame.  I just turn it on and flash back at them and they get the point and turn their lights off.

Remember that photography is not a crime, yet many officers will do anything to interfere with your rights if you let them.  If this happens to you, be sure to file a complaint against the officers involved, and remind these departments that filming them in the course of their duties is perfectly legal.

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  • CopApologistsSuck

    foolish cop

  • Pigs

    The oh so clever police have never heard of target fixation.
    Keep shining those bright lights and flashing and strobing all over the place and you will become intimately acquainted with this phenomenon. Most likely when a car slams into your fat useless body.

  • Interesting

    Wonder what the reaction would be to strobing them in return? If it is unsafe for you to do it to them then it is unsafe for them to do it to you.
    If it doesn’t interfere with your work or your rights then they can’t claim it interferes with theirs.

  • t

    Wow. Yawn. So your out in the dark….lurking behind fences and mailboxes while pointing something at the officers….and you’re mad because they want to see you?

  • BS

    Many cities and states have nuisance lighting statutes. Police don’t have the authority to violate those statutes just because they are scared someone is walking around in public.

    Police also are not permitted to violate the first amendment by blocking someone filming them. And lighting them up in an attempt to stop or disrupt the filming is a violation.

    Even you can’t be so stupid to claim that leaving a light on someone and then not attending the light makesnany sense for trying to determine if someone is a danger BECAUSE all the filmer has to do move out of the light and the police weren’t near the light to follow.

    Also you cannot claim a strobing light helps the police determine if someone is a danger.

    Your shit sure runs deep but not very intelligent.

  • mobooz

    Wrapped up like a deuce, another runner in the night…

  • Doesn’t matter who

    You ARE an idiot you go around LOOKING for someone to give you a hard time. You provoke people. You sir, are a martyr. You wonder why you have no friends. It’s because you are a lunatic. You have no business trolling in other peoples communities. Nobody invited you in to “protect” them.

    Take your stupid camera, your ridiculous looking shirts, your negativity, and your paranoia elsewhere. People are sick and tired of your taunting and disrespecting. You are the most negative and despicable thing I have never met.

    You deleted your video of you stalking a Frderal agent up the street after you yelled at him like a psycho. But I saw it. You were wrong! He didn’t do anything to deserve having you following him up the street, all while you were hoping to provoke an altercation. He continued on his way and ignored you. But you called him an asshole because you couldn’t get a rise out of him.

    You are a danger to society. Waiting for the day you get your dues before you hurt someone.

  • jess

    this is obviously a cop like Eric Casebolt and wants the cameras to go away so he can abuse 14 year old girls.

  • j

    round rock police number is 512-218-5500 light up the switchboard

  • Touche

    You ARE an idiot you go around LOOKING for someone to give you a hard time. You provoke people.

    Take your stupid vest recorders and police reports, your ridiculous looking uniforms and badges, your negativity, and your paranoia elsewhere. People are sick and tired of your taunting and disrespecting. You are the most negative and despicable things I have ever met.

  • Doesn’t matter who

    Aw, defending your boyfriend are you? Your boyfriend who is so confused by all of his lies and bullshit. Too dumb to see it, aren’t you? Poor little Larry, nobody likes him, so he has to go hating on cops. I hear he wanted to be one but couldn’t pass the psychological test. He has always been a trouble maker from what I can see

    It will be a glorious day when the cop he follows into Sheetz to prove his point and look like a bad ass turns around and brats him with a stick. It is called mind your own business fat ass! Stop looking for trouble and focus on your miserable life. Haha. You sneaked away like a coward you wrote about a party because your Momma wouldn’t give you a hug. You are pathetic.

    I seriously hope you don’t have children and you never do because people like you are the problem with society. It would be obvious that you have no sort of life, because people with friends, family, and fellowship don’t have the time to lurk on the Internet and post paranoid articles from all over to try to prove to their self that they are right.

    Not everybody agrees with what you are doing. Your fairy laugh in your video, well, more people are making fun of you than supporting you. It must really really suck to be you.

  • Doesn’t matter who

    Larry, you think people don’t know you post in all your different personalities. The angry one, the gay one, the redneck one…. You’re all butt hurt because nobody likes you. And you still can’t find anywhere to fit in. Try acting normal. Maybe that way, people won’t come into Cabelas laughing and pointing and taking pictures of you. You aren’t a bad ass. You’re a self professed coward and loser.

    Twinkle twinkle sweetie boy. Keep your ugly mug out of Ozone!

  • Hm….

    Yes, because there can only be one person on this forum who dislikes the way the police are behaving.

    You were the first to mention multiple personalities – interesting…

  • Thor Gonzalez

    I’m glad you do what you do. The cops were nervous and either hid their face or shined the light on you. That’s the act of someone who has something to hide. Good job cop block and thanks

  • Patrick H.

    Anyone can be in public place no invite needed. Anyone can film. I’d bet if you or anyone was stopped by police, and someone was filming. You’ d be gratefull someone was filming if they caught an officer planting drugs on you or in your car.

  • Patrick H.

    I found it interesting at the DMV today, where I saw a sign the says ” No recording or photography allowed” I wonder, why wouldn’t you be allowed to record at the DMV?

  • Patrick H.

    So what happens, when you shine a light right back at em? Anyone can shine lights.

  • Dmv

    And how would they know if you are?
    Probably don’t want recording because of the amount of personal info being on display.

  • I would wear a hat with a mirrors attached around the entire hat and I’d wear a mirror worn around my neck. Wanna play games, then lets play.

  • mobooz

    Cops foiled again by the Walking Disco Ball… LOL. =P