A 19-year-old in St. Louis videotaped his encounter at a DWI roadblock. The officer asked where he was coming from and where he was going and the guy — fully within his rights — answered that he’d rather not answer that question. The pull him out of the car. When he — again, fully within his rights — asks if he’s being detained, an officer replies, “You better stop runnin your mouth or the other officer will find a reason to lock you up tonight.” They then search his car without probable cause.
This is why it’s essential that private citizens be permitted to photography and videotape on-duty police officers. Video sharing services like YouTube and Google Video can go a long way toward cracking down on this kind of behavior.