'An innocent father was attacked by police who tasered and pepper sprayed him because he was practicing his first amendment right to film them.
Chicago, IL — In the land of the free, there are ostensible checks and balances which are in place to prevent corrupt and power drunk government officials from overstepping their authority and depriving people of their rights, especially for filming in public. The largest ostensible restraint on this power is the constitution. However, as TFTP has reported for years, despite the fact that police swear an oath to uphold this constitution, they are all too often the ones who ignore it.
As the following case illustrates, to many police officers, the oath they took to the constitution may as well be dog excrement that they scrape from the bottom of their boot. Furthermore, even though there is video evidence of this problem cop repeatedly violating that oath to the constitution by attacking people for filming, absolutely nothing has been done about it.
A disturbing video posted to Facebook from the 4th of July shows just how little many of these cops care about upholding an individual’s right to film.
The video posted to Facebook by Anna Morentin shows Chicago police tasering her husband, Angel Ramirez, four times and pepper spraying him for recording an interaction between officers and passengers of a vehicle at a gas station.
As the video shows, Ramirez is doing nothing but simply recording an interaction between police and passengers in another vehicle.
Once he began recording, an officer approaches Ramirez and tells him to “back away.”
“You’re interfering with our crime scene. Back away,” the officer says. But as the video appears to show, Ramirez is several feet away from the officers. Nevertheless, the officers approach him and physically attempt to push him back.'
Read more: Cops Taser, Pepper Spray Dad in Front of His Kids, for Filming
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