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A website called LEO Affairs that includes forums for every law enforcement agency in the country allowing officers to “talk candidly about law enforcement related topics without the fear of repercussions,” can sometimes be a fascinating glimpse into the police psyche, even though it’s usually just filled with mundane anonymous gripes about commanding officers.
But every once in a while, they discuss the issue of citizens recording them in public, including earlier today when a well-meaning officer advised other officers, “don’t get baited” by citizens with cameras, on a thread titled “How to Jam Up an Officer 101″on the Miami Police Department’s forum, linking to PINAC’s story and video on Jeff Gray’s last arrest in Brevard County.
IF YOU GUYS ARE STILL LIVING IN LALA LAND THERE ARE ACTUAL PEOPLE WHO DO THIS FOR A LIVING HOPING TO GET YOU ON A BAD DAY AND GET YOU TO ARREST THEM SO THEY CAN FILE A LAWSUIT. OFFICER SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT BUT DONT GET BAITED INTO THIS SITUATION.
Look at the video and learn a valuable lesson in law enforcement DONT GET BAITED. This guy will never go to a neighborhood and video tape crime to help law enforcement its far more profitable to bait a cop.
Another cop chimes saying it could easily happen to a cop who is “pressured for stats with no training.”
These so called “cop watchers” teach each other tricks on how to jam you up, be smart! WHile you are pressured for stats with no training and you will be handed up by the same people who want more out of you .
And then another cop provided the following wisdom:
“How to jam up an asshole citizen 101: You take any phone or recording device and erase or drop in the bay Opps.”
And that’s exactly the kind of cop who will later whine about us baiting him.
It is not just cops who believe we are “baiting” them by standing on public property openly recording them.
On Friday, we had a long discussion on Facebook with a former co-worker who accused the citizen from North Carolina into baiting the delusional cop who embarrassed himself and his department by declaring he owned the sidewalk in front of the county jail.
And over the last week, citizens of Topeka in local news …read more