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El Paso cops harass, detain TV news crew for doing their job

12:10 am - 04/28/2009
Two TV reporters are harassed by an a**hole cop in El Paso, TX. They are detained but not officially "arrested."

The conduct of the officer, which was thankfully caught on film here, is outrageous!

What was that NWA song called, again? :)
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teawithhoney 28th-Apr-2009 05:19 am (UTC)
fuck the police :)

i also have every right to say that these days, ever since a local cop drove into my car's passenger side this past january.
schonste 28th-Apr-2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
WOW. What the hell. D:
dickbitchmolly 28th-Apr-2009 05:25 am (UTC)
I was cringing when the reporter took his hands off of the truck and put them up in the air...doesn't he know that that's a good way to get fucking shot? Jesus.
syndicalist 28th-Apr-2009 05:28 am (UTC)
You can get shot for putting your hands in the air after clearly identifying yourself as a news media person, while a camera crew is filming you? What a world.
haruhiko 28th-Apr-2009 05:26 am (UTC)


Edited at 2009-04-28 05:27 am (UTC)
syndicalist 28th-Apr-2009 05:28 am (UTC)
The real swine flu!
mercystars 28th-Apr-2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Glory be, imagine a white boy challenging the po-po like that and getting fucked with.
allhatnocattle 28th-Apr-2009 05:36 am (UTC)
Seems like the USA is good for a several police harassment/excessive force/stupidity stories every week.
teawithhoney 28th-Apr-2009 05:39 am (UTC)
you got it.
sparkly_stuff 28th-Apr-2009 06:13 am (UTC)
I can't stand Texas cops, any of them. They're rude, intimidating, and have Texas-size egos to match. They're the worst in wealthy suburbs where the police departments have so much money they don't know what to do with it, while crime rates are skyrocketing in Houston.

Meanwhile I live in New York now, and love the NYPD.
alil2sarcastic 28th-Apr-2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I grew up in Flower Mound. Those bops had way too much time on their hands.
paris_of_priam 28th-Apr-2009 06:35 am (UTC)
The most amazing thing about this, and other incidents like this that have been captured on video is...if this happens when there is a frikkin TV NEWS CAMERA there...just imagine what happens when there isn't one.
shibaiko 28th-Apr-2009 06:45 am (UTC)
El Paso cops are dicks.

Also, I was almost late for a meeting because of this! Everyone was slowing down to see what happened, and it caused a huge backup on the freeway. I was kind of pissed when I found out what happened, mostly because I didn't even get to see any of it, haha.
rubybruiseday 28th-Apr-2009 06:54 am (UTC)
Damn, nice going El Paso. Proud to call you my hometown.
nmgirl98 28th-Apr-2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
I hear ya - when I saw it on CNN, I cringed. Grew up in El Paso and had my fair share of run-ins with PD.
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nograviity 28th-Apr-2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
Actually I think thats almost considered protocol. They have no idea what to expect when they pull someone over. There could be all sorts of weapons and crazy people in the car, not to mention a lot of people have been known to get incredibly pissed off when pulled over. Cops have to deal with all sorts of unknown dangerous situations. Just because you're a calm sane person doesn't mean other people are, and getting out of your car when pulled over is an aggressive move.

I'm personally surprised they didn't teach you this in driver's ed. My instructor made sure that we all knew that we should not exit the vehicle unless requested to by a police officer. There are just too many unknown scenarios and most people who step out of the car during a police stop are dangerous and uncooperative. The gun is for their protection, they dont want to be left dying on the side of the road, which does happen, some wack jobs out there have no problem shooting or beating up a traffic cop when they get pulled over.
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spacedudey 28th-Apr-2009 07:17 am (UTC)
ojuzu 28th-Apr-2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
arisma 28th-Apr-2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
I live in a little town in Vermont. Most people grew up here, most of us know each other or can place each other through familial ties. This still happened here a few months ago. If our small town know everyone hardly any crime ever (my actual town is next to that one and we don't even have a PD) can become this aggressive, what's it like in other places?
nmgirl98 28th-Apr-2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
Yep - welcome to my part o' da country. I actually went to school with that reporter, Darren. When I first saw the video, I thought sonuvabitch...Darren's gonna get shot. This isn't new as some of my fellow El Pasoans have posted here.

If that wasn't enough - the same cop instructed a nurse who had stopped to help that he needed to leave as well and did it rather rudely. I don't know about your respective states, but down here, medical personnel are required to stop and render aid.

Check out this link - it's an interview on KVIA (Darren's station) with Darren and Ric (the video guy) about what happened. http://www.kvia.com/Global/category.asp?C=145736&nav=menu193_1_10
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