Miami, Florida Police Sgt.Tells Photographer: “If you say one more fucking word, I’m going to throw your head on the ground and beat the fuck out of you!”, then Arrests him for Taking Photos on a Public Street

By Davy V.

While Miami Heat basketball star Lebron James sips margaritas in his Crystal View Court mansion, located in Coral Gables, Florida, Taylor Hardy, a Miami photographer, sits in jail, accused of an unconstitutional crime, and a victimless one as well.

So what does James have to do with Hardy you may ask?

Well, over the weekend Hardy, who owns Miami Impulse Photography, was arrested by Miami-Dade Police for doing nothing more than exercising his first amendment right to take photos in public.

Hardy was standing on a public street, taking photos of an ESPN commercial starring James, which was being filmed in the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami.

According to Photography is Not A Crime’s Carlos Miller, who was first to report Hardy’s arrest, in a phone conversation from Miami’s Turner Guilford Knight Correction Center, Hardy told Miller that as he was taking photos, a member of the production crew ordered him to stop taking photos.

Hardy refused, saying there were approximately 25 other people standing near him who were also watching commercial being filmed.

Hardy, who noticed that the people were not taking pictures, decided to assert his first amendment right, and stand there, along with the other folks, and take photos.

At that point, the production crew member called a Miami-Dade Miami Police Sergeant, who was standing nearby.

The Sgt., who more than likely was moonlighting as security for the production crew, as law enforcement officers are known to do, ordered Hardy to leave, and walk down the street.

Hardy explained to the Miami Police Sgt., that he had a a right to be there, just as the other people, and at that point, the Sgt. grabbed Hardy’s camera, trying to take it from him.

Taylor Hardy told the cop he had as much right to be there as the other people, which prompted the cop to grab his camera by the flash in an attempt to take it from him.

Hardy told the Sgt. to let go of his camera, to which the Sgt. told Hardy that if he did not let go of the camera, he was going to jail.

The MDPD Sgt. then told Hardy “‘If you say one more fucking word, I’m going to throw your head on the ground and beat the fuck out of you”, and arrested Hardy.

Just last month, I had the pleasure to meet Taylor Hardy, while on vacation with my family in Miami.

It was Hardy’s video of a Miami-Dade paramedic who filpped out on Hardy, as he was video recording a helicopter landing, which got my attention.

And it was another video, where Hardy stood his ground, and asserted his right to record, even though a couple of Miami-Dade cops tried to tell him he couldn’t, which earned  my respect for him.

I’ve included both videos above.

 

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Davy V.

Davy V. is a Cuban-American Filmmaker, Video Producer, Photographer and Freelance Writer, best known for using the power of video and film to expose Police Brutality, Corruption and Misconduct. The son of the late Mario Vara, a community activist who for years fought against Police Brutality and Misconduct in Rochester, New York, Davy V. got his start in Television and Video by tagging along and working camera for his father's cable access television show, "La Voz Del Pueblo" (The Voice of The People). Davy V. later went on to produce and host "KEEP IT ON THE REEL", a cable access TV show with a mix of Hip Hop as well as issues affecting African-Americans and Latinos in Rochester, NY, such as Police Brutality and Misconduct. Some guests on the show included Treach, KayGee and Vinnie of Naughty by Nature, Method Man, Funkdoobiest, Da Youngstas, and the Rottin' Razkals. Davy V. won the U.S. ACM Video Festival Award for his Documentary, "R.P.D. EXPOSED!" about the Rochester, New York Police Department and their long history of misconduct, corruption and unnecessary killings of unarmed innocent citizens. "R.P.D. EXPOSED!" and Davy V.'s follow up, "R.P.D.: Badges of DISHONOR, CORRUPTION and MURDER!" were both screened at the National Hip Hop Political Convention at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. Davy V.'s work has been featured in publications such as THE SOURCE Hip Hop Magazine, URBAN AMERICA Magazine, The Ave. Magazine, Insider Magazine, La Voz Newspaper, Minority Reporter Newspaper, CNY LATINO Newspaper, DOWN Magazine, as well as on television news stations, and programs such as CNN and Inside Edition. In addition to his freelance writing, Davy V. also writes a monthly Op/Ed Column for LA VOZ Magazine and Minority Reporter Newspaper. In June 2012, Davy V. joined Cop Block as a regular contributor.