Assault With a Deadly Camera

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Frank Waterhouse of Oregon is suing Portland police after he was tasered and shot with a beanbag gun. His offense? Videotaping a warrantless police search on a friend’s property. The police report helpfully explains that the force used on Waterhouse (who was standing far off on the edge of the property) was necessary because, "He had refused to drop the camera which could be used as a weapon."

First time I’ve heard that one.

Waterhouse was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. He was acquitted on all charges.

Video here. My article on why it should always be legal to videotape police here.

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