New York, NY — YouTuber Clutch1stVlogs, aka Mike, was not breaking any laws last week and merely driving down the street when all of the sudden, he was stopped by an NYPD officer – for filming.
“I pulled you over for the GoPro,” said the NYPD officer, “You can’t have a GoPro on you. You can’t have a GoPro.”
Clearly baffled by this cop’s ridiculous assertion, the man in the service truck next to the detained motorcyclist asked, “You can’t have a camera?”
“Yeah, that’s what I’m being told,” said Mike.
When searching the NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law Excerpts for Motorcycles, Mopeds & ATVs, there is absolutely no law that prohibits bikers from wearing a go pro. It is no different than a car having a dashcam.
Still, this officer dangerously blocked traffic to enforce a nonexistent law.
“I understand what safety is, but there are people who want to use it for performance,” said the NYPD cop, “you can’t even have it on.”
On His YouTube Channel, Mike explained the absurd nature of this stop:
Honestly guys, I had no clue where this cop car came from. Smh, he stopped traffic as if I was popping wheelies and already running from him. As always, I keep my calm nature especially when dealing with NYPD or any law enforcement for that matter. I was so amazed he pulled me over in that way, just because I had a GoPro. There is no law in New York State banning GoPros while on a vehicle. So I really had no clue when I was being pulled over.
For several minutes, this biker was unlawfully detained on the roadside despite having committed absolutely no crime. But this was of no consequence to the NYPD cop who interrogated the innocent man in public.
“I was asked embarrassing and awkward questions, such as past convictions, warrants and other criminal activity,” explains Mike.
Luckily Mike was not arrested or assaulted by this officer, and after an illegal and humiliating detainment for no reason, the biker was allowed to go on his way. Remaining unphased, this vlogger continued with his video.
In a police state, the mere act of possessing a camera is now probable cause for detainment.