This video is out of Moline, Illinois, a city in Illinois along the Mississippi River. In it a few cops, a couple of plainclothes/ undercovers and one in uniform, try to censor a man filming the uniformed officer opening the door of a van. He suspected, and because of the extreme approach by the police in order to get this man not to shoot video, I tend to agree, that the officer was engaged in an illegal search in violation of the 4th Amendment.
In all likelihood this was one of the numerous illegal searches that happens in the U.S. when it comes to the war on drugs. The cop probably thought she could get away with an illegal search and that there would be no consequences.
Indeed the officers state that they are operating within the boundaries of the law and that "all is well" in terms of them following the law. Of course, we should always trust government agents, they never ever lie to us.
The man filming is accused of "causing a disturbance" after being questioned by the officers for filming. These officers should be suspended at the very least, but anyone who follows these kinds of events knows that will never happen.
Wait, did I state that police are never suspended or punished for arresting or intimidating people for filming them. An Officer Keel in Leeland, N.C. got a 28 day suspension for illegally arresting a man for filming him from a distance. Who says miracles never happen?
Finally, let me comment on Chad Dixon, who got 8 months in a federal prison for advising people on how to beat a polygraph or lie detector machine. This conviction is an utter violation of freedom of speech. I could google "beat a lie detector test" and get more hits then atoms in the universe.
Is the government going to prosecute all these writers? But, the government says he was trying to advise people to deceive government agents. Really? So if someone wrote that if you have marijuana in a car, don't leave it in plain site for a cop to see, that advice a crime?
The fact is that polygraphs aren't even used in courts because they are too unreliable, just measuring your anxiety to the test itself. One of the ways to help beat a test is to be calm and count back by threes from 100. Does this mean a U.S. Attorney might consider charges against me?
Then again, the federal government is prosecuting someone for linking to a website on the internet. Any jury who convicted this man is a joke. The American Civil Liberties Union is one of my favorite organizations because they fight free speech violations such as this. They could use your support, also.