Trevor Leach shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.
Date of Interaction: 12/31/11
Police Employees Involved: Binghamton City Police (Binghamton NY)
Police Employee Contact Information: (607) 723-5321
On New Years Eve 2011, I was filming the arrest of a young lady, from basically across the street, minding my own business. When the officer realized I was filming, he walked up, punched my phone out of my hands, smashing it into my face and then on to the ground — ending it’s life as a phone right then and there. Luckily, the video auto-saved on my SD card and was salvageable by just sticking it in a reader when I got home.
That pretty much sums it up. I didn’t know what to do, but I should have stood up and sought action for him assaulting me and breaking my phone. Like many, I figured the state was all too large for me to make a difference.
Hopefully, this video will encourage others not to stand idly by like I did and take a sucker punch.