"I'm on a public sidewalk."
"But you're videotaping private cars.....I am going to detain you if you don't answer my questions."
A blood boiling video of a Covina, CA police officer, K. Counts, was recently uploaded to youtube by Damon Enz. In the video officer Counts proceeds to trample Enz's rights demanding that he answer questions.
"Honestly, I am going to detain you if you do not answer my questions," says officer Counts. Apparently officer Counts swore an oath to an abridged version of the Constitution, which does not contain the 5th Amendment right of the citizen to remain silent.
Just in case officer Counts happens to come across this article, we will go ahead and remind him of what the 5th Amendment states:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
After threatening him with detainment for refusing to answer questions, in true tyrannical fashion, officer Counts proceeds to violate Enz's 4th amendment right next. Apparently the Constitution he swore an oath to was missing that amendment as well.
Here is that amendment too, just in case there was any doubt about being secure in your own person against UNREASONABLE searches.
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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
In the eyes of tyrants however, 'unreasonable' is a term long thrown to the wayside; easily transformed into 'reasonable' by phrases like, "feared for my safety."
According to his Youtube Channel, Damon Enz was arrested and charged with obstruction and false I.D.. The charges were later dropped.
The Covina Police Department issued a press release in regards to this incident which stated:
The Covina Police Department expects our officers to hold themselves to the highest standards of conduct. While state law prohibits us from discussing specific personnel matters suffice it to say we have a track record of disciplining officers up to and including termination when they are found to violate our policies. Following this situation, we conducted department-wide training to ensure everybody clearly understands the law and our citizens’ rights as it pertains to filming in public areas.
The Free Thought Project would like to provide a public service and donate some material to be used in this 'department-wide training.' Here is the video of Covina Police Officer violating a man's rights for doing absolutely nothing illegal.
Step 1: Conduct yourselves in the opposite manner of officer Counts in the video below.