Tape captures officer intimidating driver
This is very much a teaching moment,” says Toronto police spokesperson after man lawfully filming an arrest was told to stop recording, then threatened with having his phone seized.Officers caught up to the suspect in the Dundas and Church area Tuesday morning."This finally explains." Messages left with Davis, his attorney, and the chief of police were not returned; and police spokesperson Darrell Byers says the ongoing litigation prevents comment.The November 5, 2007 accident created widespread outrage, particularly after release of the dashcam video showing clear conditions at the intersection of West Main and Fourth Streets.Niko Kollias watched his blood swirl down the bathtub drain. He could still see the roll of duct tape nearby, covered with the bloody fingerprints they'd left behind when they taped his hands and feet together before slamming the rebar and heavy metal pipes down onto him, over and over again. He didn't know where they'd put the hedge clippers; he was just glad they were gone.Certainly, police can arrest anyone who wilfully obstructs them while taking pictures, but even then they have no automatic right to seize the device, much less delete its contents.
It was only then, when the blood just wouldn't stop from that last blow, that they halted their attack and threw him in the shower. He could see only their eyes through the masks when they attacked him.And even if they know better, they too often use the excuse of obstruction and the threat of arrest to cover their illegal demands.“Increasingly, people are being arrested, charged or even assaulted by police officers, merely for attempting to take photos or videos of officers at work,” says lawyer Karen Selick, who wrote on the topic last week in the National Post.Police say the officer had been responding to an assault call at another location when she was assaulted by the suspect. A Toronto man who lawfully recorded police arresting and Tasering a man near Ryerson University on Tuesday was repeatedly told by officers to stop filming the interaction, then threatened by two cops who claimed they would seize the phone he was using to record it.The interaction, captured by Waseem Khan, depicts officers repeatedly telling Khan he could not record police — despite the fact that citizens have the right to film police performing their duties if they are not obstructing the officers.“Get that guy out of my face, please,” says one Toronto police officer after deploying his Taser on the man, pointing to Khan.“I’m not obstructing your arrest.