Bad Cop, No Donut!

California Man Jailed Four Days for Recording Cops

A California man was jailed for four days for attempting to record police officers on a public street.

Daniel J. Saulmon was charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer but the video shows he was standing well out the way of a traffic stop and was only arrested when he failed to produce identification to an approaching officer.

And there is no law in California that requires citizens to produce identification. And even if there was, it would require the officer to have a reasonable suspicion that he was committing a crime.

But prosecutors have already dropped the charge against Saulmon as well as a few other minor citations relating to his bicycle such as not have proper reflectors on the pedals.

And they most likely knew who he was considering he won a $25,000 settlement from the same police department after they unlawfully arrested him on eavesdropping/wiretapping charges in 2005.

This time, it appears the Hawthorne Police Department will be dishing out much more, thanks to officer Gabriel Lira’s abuse of authority.

“They knew exactly who I was,” Saulmon said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime Saturday, adding that he has recorded them on a regular basis since the 2005 arrest when he was jailed after attempting to file a complaint inside the police station.

“They always address me as ‘Mr. Saulmon’,” he said.

I’m sure the City of Hawthorne will be paying out another settlement from taxpayer funds. The cops should have to be personally liable for this kind of shit. If they knew it was coming out of their own paychecks they would be less cavalier with the constitutional rights of the people they meet in the performance of their duties.

And lest anyone think I am being inconsistent because I mocked the Occupiers that got themselves arrested, there is one critical difference between this case and the Occupiers: THE OCCUPIERS WERE BREAKING THE LAW!

If you intentionally break the law, even with the best of motives, you forfeit any reason to complain when you get arrested. If you want to be a martyr then you should suffer in silence.

But when you are obeying the law and you get wrongfully arrested by some badge-heavy fascist, you are entitled to scream bloody murder about it. You get to sue, too.

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26 Responses to Bad Cop, No Donut!

  1. yttik says:

    “….considering he won a $25,000 settlement from the same police department after they unlawfully arrested him…”

    LOL, I think it would be kind of fun to make your living suing cops! They should actually hire people to do this.

    Seriously, I really like cops, but I hate abuse of power. Every other profession requires you to respect the people you serve. For some reason cops often feel like they’re exempt from this rule. They’re not, in fact it’s ten times more important that they respect people than it is for say, a WalMart clerk.

    • myiq2xu says:

      In my experience most cops are good but there are a few in every department that account for a majority of the false arrest and excessive force complaints.

      • yttik says:

        We had one cop and it took nearly 15 years to get rid of him. People would complain and file reports, but it never did any good. He was finally taken down by his own stupidity when he forgot and left his new dash cam on. Video evidence is hard to dispute.

        • myiq2xu says:

          Video evidence is hard to dispute.

          That’s why cops don’t like being recorded.

        • Erin says:

          Police should have to wear camera’s to record their actions. It would provide evidence they need to support their accounts of an event and it would keep a fair amount of abuse of power and position from occuring at all.

  2. 49erDweet says:

    I suspect after the city manager gets done with the chief it will be former officer Lira, and rightly so. Most real cops would agree with that. Idiot!

  3. votermom says:

  4. myiq2xu says:

    Some pinhead on another blog:

    The 1% want the military spending and the wars, because ultimately the continuing success of their parasitism on most of the world (not only on the US taxpayers) depends on maintaining military and covert-action forces capable of suppressing native resistance to exploitation when such resistance exceeds the limited competence of the bought-off native elites and their hired thugs. 👿

    Of course, the Imperial Legions don’t always succeed in forcing ornery natives to submit to the 1%, either (cough*Vietnam*cough). 😈

    We went into Afghanistan to go after Bin Laden. We had a compliant dictator in Iraq but invaded anyway. Vietnam is now a trading partner with the US.

    • votermom says:

      Sometimes ppl clinging to their worldview despite all evidence to the contrary make me feel real empathy with Copernicus.

    • yttik says:

      “..continuing success of their parasitism..”

      The US is one of the few countries where our wars actually cost us money. All through history, all over the world, war was about seizing territory and resources, and expanding empires. If the US is parasitic, we must be terrible at it, because we somehow always manage to run a deficit.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Jane Fonda, is that you?

    • Kim says:

      I agree with what the “pinhead” wrote. And Vietnam later becoming a trading partner with the US is evidence of nothing other than a need to be on the financial playing field.

      And to votermom below: Aren’t you also clinging to your worldview with your causal dismissal of someone else’s perspective?

  5. HELENK says:

    In my dealings with different police departments in several areas of the country, I have had the good luck to deal with capable and good police. Yes I do understand there are always a few that are total idiots that live off the badge.
    Thank the GOOD ones for what they do for the citizens.
    as for the BAD ones, somehow or other they seem to get what they are due.

    • DeniseVB says:

      We never hear about the good ones 😦 I’m a realist, there’s good, bad and ugly with every local/state/fed authority. It’s our idiot media that fails us more. Time to get over that “if it bleeds it leads” tabloid mentality and get back to the 5 W’s. Who-What-When-Where-Why 😉

      • yttik says:

        It’s true! Our media really does a lot of damage when they obsess over the negative. Like it or not, the media forms people’s perceptions about the world. We’re all now convinced we’re going to hell in a hand basket, when in fact, crime has actually declined, people are now living longer, we have amazing technology at our finger tips, people’s quality of life has improved. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am so happy I don’t have to trek half a mile to the outhouse in the middle of the night.

        A lot of my elders worry about somebody breaking in to their houses, cars, stealing their stuff, getting mugged. The thing is, we live in the middle of nowhere. They’re all so hyped up on media news from all over the country, they’re convinced they’re in danger. Could be, but locally we’ve averaged about one home invasion a year. You can’t tell people this stuff, you can’t point to statistics, because they’ve already got this mediated reality going on in their head, so they don’t believe you. I kid you not, the biggest danger to elders around here is hypothermia when they manage to lock their house up so tight and forget their keys.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I’ll always take the side of law enforcment, or anyone doing public service.

          I try to gloss over the sensational headlines. Ever since my kid became an air marshal in 2002, the same time the idiot became the father of twin girls (oy, that’s for another thread) I do respect the do-gooder side of the media. Too bad there’s not enough of those stories.

  6. myiq2xu says:

    The Giants/Packers game looks promising.

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