“If This Goes on YouTube, I’ll Find a Way to Arrest You” — Cop Whines About American Filming
“If I See You Post This On YouTube, I’ll Find A Way For The D.A.’s Office To Arrest You”
A camera-shy New York State trooper threatened to “find a way” to arrest a man if he posted video of the officer conducting a routine traffic stop to YouTube.
Predictably, the video was uploaded to YouTube earlier this week.
The video starts with driver John Houghtaling sitting in his car waiting for the cop to approach.
When the officer arrives, he politely asks the cop, “how’s it going?”
“Put the phone down,” Trooper Rosenblatt barks.
“Because I said so.”
After the trooper asks for his license and registration, Houghtaling complies as he is legally required to do so during a traffic stop, but he does not stop filming despite the officer’s threats, as recording police is perfectly legal.
The officer then asks Houghtaling if he “was the same one who thought it was a good idea to come to my station and videotape us for some reason?”
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Houghtaling asks if he’s “legally obligated to respond” to his question.
“How about if I see you post this on YouTube, I’ll find a way for the D.A.s office to arrest you,” the hotheaded Rosenblatt responds.