A man was approached by a cop while he was taking a break at work, and questioned about his well-being, all because he was lawfully filming the officer.
Loudoun County, VA — Ordinary citizens sometimes complain when police intimidate or harass them, often with damaging emotional outcomes. Knowing what to do when one suspects they are being harassed by police is not always as easy as filing a complaint with the local police department. However, a recently uploaded YouTube video shows citizens just how easy it is to put stalker cops in their place.
An unnamed grocery store employee had worked a full shift and was attempting to enjoy a smoke break when a Loudoun County sheriff's deputy approached him.
The young officer asked, "How are you doing today? I saw you filming me," presuming the man was interested in filming only the officer waiting in his cruiser in the Giant parking lot for more than 4 minutes. The stare down ended with the officer making contact with the citizen who promptly told him, "I don't have to answer any of your questions."
The officer could have easily turned and walked away and left the man alone. Instead, he continued to press for more information and, in the minds of many who have seen the video, he escalated an unnecessary police contact. "Is there any issue? Are you doing okay?" the officer asked, pretending to care about the man
The seasoned cop watcher calmly and collectively replied, "I'm doing okay." Again the officer pressed with more interrogatives. "Do you work for Giant?" he asked, to which the man responded, "I don't have to answer any of your questions."
The unrelenting officer, who apparently was paranoid with a citizen's right to film in public, again asked if the man was a Giant employee. The worker did not have to answer any questions, but gave a few tidbits of information indicating that he worked at the store, he was just having a smoke break, and he did not want to be bothered by any more of the officer's questions.
As The Free Thought Project has reported, officers will often pretend to care about someone's mental stability as a legal way of detaining suspects "for their own safety." In this case, the Virginia cop said he just wanted to see if the man was "okay" or not.
"I'm standing up. I'm standing up. I'm standing straight up. Nothing wrong," the man said, showing the officer he was not afraid of him, was complying with all of the local laws, and was not going to be intimidated.