Bicyclist in NYC gets busted for using his iPhone to video a cop giving him a ticket
posted by Alan F. / May 04, 2014, 6:49 PM
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
After Giuliani and now Bloomberg, seems like the best way to stay out of trouble in NYC is to be rich and white.
posted on May 04, 2014, 6:55 PM 7
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..
posted on May 04, 2014, 7:31 PM 2
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.
posted on May 04, 2014, 7:49 PM 6
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
posted on May 05, 2014, 3:26 AM 2
Posts: 3243; 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?? :))
posted on May 04, 2014, 11:08 PM 0
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.
posted on May 04, 2014, 7:31 PM 2
Posts: 2457; 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!"
posted on May 04, 2014, 10:35 PM 9
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.
posted on May 05, 2014, 2:32 AM 1
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.
posted on May 05, 2014, 11:14 AM 0
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?
posted on May 04, 2014, 10:39 PM 0
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.
posted on May 05, 2014, 8:21 AM 0
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.
posted on May 05, 2014, 8:57 AM 1
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.
posted on May 05, 2014, 4:17 AM 0
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