In a chilling show of militaristic thuggery, police in Oregon arrested a man for attempting to video record them blasting their way into a neighbor’s home as they served a search warrant.
The Gresham Police Department, which serves a city of just over 100,000, rumbled down a residential street at 4 a.m. Tuesday with several armored vehicles, blasting flash grenades into a home, jolting the entire neighborhood awake.
One man, who goes by Skylow Production on Youtube, said he was sleeping in his girlfriend’s apartment when he was awaken by all the ruckus. He grabbed his iPad and ran outside, standing across the street as the cops surrounded the home dressed like soldiers, issuing orders through a megaphone.
When they spotted him, they accused him of “interfering” and ordered him back inside. When he asserted his right to be there, he was arrested.
He said he was jailed for interfering and resisting arrest, two bogus contempt-of-cop charges.
According to his Youtube description:
Gresham OR 9/2/14 4:00am I was laying in my apartment sleeping an I heard multiple bombs blasting and glass breaking and my entire apartment shook repeatedly. I grabbed my Ipad and ran outside as fast as I could to see what was going on There were 5 or more Tank/Military Trucks just cruising through my neighborhood. 503 Gresham/Portland Oregon right across the street from Mt.Hood Community College. I was assaulted multiple times and I feel like it was Gresham Police Abuse and my rights were violated. I now owe $5000 and i am charged with 2 crimes. 2 CRIMES! At first I was scared to post this video but now I dont care because the Gresham Police Department has already made a copy of it as proof of my crimes. I feel more like this is proof of their crimes or am i crazy?
I reached out for more comment, but he has not responded with any details.
Contact the Gresham Police Department:
Hearing Impaired (TTY): 503-618-2889
Additional Phone: 503-618-2320
According to the man, who goes by the moniker Skylow Production on YouTube, he was sleeping in his girlfriend’s apartment at 4am on September 2nd when he was awoken by the sound of broken glass and multiple flash bang grenades going off.
“I grabbed my iPad and ran outside as fast as I could to see what was going on,” he states. “There were 5 or more tank/military trucks just cruising through my neighborhood.”
The video shows the man being approached by militarized cops who threaten to arrest him for “interfering” despite the fact that he is standing across the street.
“You go inside right now….it’s a lawful order….go inside right now,” states the cop before swiping at the iPad.
“All neighbors stay inside and away from windows,” states an officer on a nearby loudspeaker before the two militarized cops turn around to approach the man again.
The two militarized cops then begin handcuffing the man while stating, “quit resisting us.” The man’s tone doesn’t indicate that he is offering resistance.
“I was assaulted multiple times and I feel like it was Gresham Police Abuse and my rights were violated,” the man writes in the YouTube description for the video. “I now owe $5000 and I am charged with 2 crimes. 2 CRIMES! At first I was scared to post this video but now I don’t care because the Gresham Police Department has already made a copy of it as proof of my crimes. I feel more like this is proof of their crimes or am I crazy?”
Carlos Miller of Photography Is Not a Crime, which has documented innumerable similar cases, writes that the man was hit with, “two bogus contempt-of-cop charges,” while describing the incident as, “a chilling show of militaristic thuggery.”
Despite the fact that legal precedent and law clearly dictates that it is not illegal to film police nor does recording police constitute interfering in their activity, Americans continue to be arrested for doing so.
During recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, several journalists and photographers were tear gassed and arrested by militarized police merely for trying to do their jobs.
Last year, Infowars reporter Jakari Jackson filmed an early morning SWAT raid on a neighbor and was threatened by cops despite being inside his own apartment.