Bicyclist in NYC gets busted for using his iPhone to video a cop giving him a ticket

Bicyclist in NYC gets busted for using his iPhone to video a cop giving him a ticket
Will Paybarah is a 24-year old who lives in the Big Apple. He was riding his bicycle on March 20th when he was stopped by one of New York's Finest, who was apparently going to ticket him or warn him, for running a red light. Paybarah reached into his pocket and pulled out his trusty Apple iPhone in order to video the officer's approach, and the situation quickly escalated.

Within seconds after noticing Paybarah holding the iPhone, he was arrested even though there is no law that would forbid the filming of the event. The arrest was made by an undercover officer named Rich from the 10th Precinct. Other cops showed up and joked that they were going to handcuff Will's bike to a tree.

According to the NYPD Patrol Guide Section 212-49, cops are not supposed to interfere with picture taking, because doing do could be interpreted as censorship. But when Will, handcuffed and seated in a patrol car, asked why he was being arrested, the answer given to him by a cop was remarkable. Paybarah was told that recording a cop using an iPhone was illegal, because cops were getting shot by iPhone wielding criminals using the handset as a gun to shoot bullets through the camera lens. With a straight face, this NYPD officer said that a kid had recently shot an officer exactly in that manner.

Paybarah was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, and criminal mischief. He ended up spending 13 hours in detention and was eventually sentenced to one day of community service. The NYCLU says that people in New York are absolutely allowed to film the police. In fact, the agency released a free smartphone app last year that allows users to film interactions with the cops, and then send it to the agency while it is happening.

You can check out the video taken by Paybarah by clicking on it, below.

source: YouTube, Gothamist via Gizmodo



1. stealthd unregistered

After Giuliani and now Bloomberg, seems like the best way to stay out of trouble in NYC is to be rich and white.

2. Sauce unregistered

You must be a minority, as that was very ignorant of you to say. By the way, he seemed pretty white to me by the sound of his voice and his white hand..

5. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Like op said, RICH & white. Guy seems to lack the rich part of the qualifications. I don't think that is even enough, you need to have friends on the force. Money usually helps with that part as well.

9. Angst

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

And you must be a bigot to imply by association that ignorance = minority

21. King_Me_Chris

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

Wow just about everything you just said was foolish. your first sentence basically says minorities = ignorance. You went on to say that you could tell he was white based off his voice??? You sir are a damn fool

24. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

He also said, "and his white hand.". I guess you forgot to mention that to help make your pointless point. No one will ever king a simpleton like you.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Or, avoid NYC. It seems to be a place that is hostile to pictures being taken of members of the PD. Looks like de Blasio has his work cut out for him.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

NYC, anywhere in America, most anywhere in the world -- all that really matters is the "rich" part. The laws that exist are for the commoners. There are no laws for the rich.

15. Ashoaib

Posts: 3286; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

iphone is now getting people arrested?? bad phone :p Shooting with guns are criminal and now shooting with camera is also a crime? OMG... yes it is criminal, I have seen a guy got arrested taking a shot at a girl in bikini... OMG, we cant take photos of beautiful objects?? :))

17. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

The girl in a bikini is not an object.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

How true! I don't know how these people do math: a girl in a bikini is actually two objects (hopefully, 2 D's) :)

3. Sauce unregistered

This is real messed up..Police need to do a better job at learning the laws on photo/videography, especially in this era of time. Leh Sigh.

13. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

How about retarded bicyclists learn to stop running red lights or just quietly receive their tickets. I'm 33 and I've been pulled over twice in my life also I know multiple police officers personally; they have the job of dealing with the scum of the Earth, treat them respectfully and they'll be respectful to you. My favorite is when I asked my bother who is a police officer how his day at work was he replied with, "Eh... Just another day of dealing with adults who don't know how to act like grown ups." Take a lesson from Liar, Liar "QUIT BREAKING THE LAW A***OLE!"

18. Beijendorf unregistered

The bicyclists behaviour is irrelevant for his rights. He has a right to record a public officer on duty, and he has a right to record in public. The police officer is unprofessional and abusing his power in trying to stop him at a simple ticket offense. Don't defend the scum of the police force, or the good guys are pulled down along with them.

29. Sauce unregistered

Quit breaking the law? The police officer is breaking rights. Both are wrong, except the police officer is held in a higher spotlight because HE is ABOVE the law, and he (and many others) are too stupid or lazy or power hungry to actually educate themselves in civil photography, you ignorant tool.

4. JasmineLovesTech

Posts: 7; Member since: May 04, 2014

Yikes. Some say don't drop the soap, I say don't drop the hope.

7. Rydsmith unregistered

This...this is how you get very rich very quick.

8. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Marshel law is coming

19. Beijendorf unregistered

Marshmallow law*

10. Stayfly2407

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

This is where the galaxy gear watch comes in handy lol. Hit record on that and no one will know.

11. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Glad he got arrested. Shooting in portrait mode is a crime smh

14. rns122112 unregistered

What's funny is you CANNOT I repeat CANNOT find ANYTHING online about a iPhone camera lens gun anywhere. If this was true don't you think it would have made any type of news local and/or national?

25. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Is not a gun but have you heard about what went down in Australia where a whole bunch of tazers that look like iphones where confiscated. who's to say that some of those same devices haven't reach the US. It's not a gun but it will immobilize the officer (or any person for that matter) long enough to further hurt the officer while they are just doing their job.

30. rns122112 unregistered

But his specific words were that they were using the camera lens as a gun. Quote:"people are using iPhones as guns and shooting cops through the camera lens" end quote


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

You are correct, the guy is making this up to "save face", according to my friends at 1PP, he was actually arrested for 'the public display of an offensively outdated phone' and not the videotaping the officer. New York City has strict laws on the use of iDuds in public places.

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

LMAO. whats the point of recording these types of videos. people these days do anything for social networking.

20. younger06

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

When Samsung hears this the next Galaxy will have to have a rocket launcher camera lense!!!

22. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

NYPD are one of the worst. I remembered in Summer 2012, i was walking and this guy hit me. Since i did not expect that i fell and i hit this cop. My hot coffee was all over his face. I explained that's not my fault, someone hit me but he didnt even listen to me. He arrested me for the exact same charges as Paybarah.

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Seriously people are stealing more more phones everyday when they can't even try to buy a contract phone, very sad.

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