Man Arrested for Obstruction After Recording Another Man’s Arrest

Judges ruling on government surveillance cases often tell us that there should be no expectation of privacy in our society today. Every venue is fair game for the government to snoop on us. It’s for national security. Unless you’re a cop, in which case the actual act of a civilian recording you poses a threat to national security.

Some Miami guy was recording an arrest with his cell phone, after which the police came and arrested him. They eventually decided that his official charges would be “obstruction of justice” and “resisting arrest.” Both of those charges are routinely thrown around when the arrest is not justifiable. Gary Nelson with Miami’s CBS affiliate reported:

The charge against freelance disc jockey Lazaro Estrada is obstruction of justice. He was arrested on St. Patrick’s Day after using his cell phone to record a video of an arrest at a Cutler Bay store where he was spinning records for a promotional gig.

Miami-Dade Ofc. Michael Valdez arrived at the store to arrest owner Andre Trigiano on outstanding misdemeanor traffic charges.

Estrada says he began recording the episode with his iPhone only after the officer removed Trigiano from the store and threw the handcuffed man to the ground.

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