Beaumont, CA -- Members of the High Desert Community Watch group were out filming this week when they were approached by two Beaumont cops who found their completely legal activity suspicious. The group had done nothing illegal and, in fact, were practicing their first amendment right, when they were accosted by police. The officers then proceeded to violate their rights for no reason, and the entire incident was caught on film.
As the video begins, two Beaumont police officers approach the group to question them about their filming. The officers quickly become sarcastic and begin teasing the men filming.
As the men tell the officers that they are gathering research for a journalism project, the officers become confrontational and begin pestering the group about where the video and article will be published.
When the man filming tells one of the officers that the police work for and are accountable to the public, the officer responds, "I don't work for you."
The officer goes on to explain that he does not work for the public and instead works only for his chief. This acknowledgment, or admission, rather, is telling of the problem with police in America today.
Gone are the days of police serving the public. While the occasional police officer will certainly do good by serving and protecting, the average cop these days acts mostly as a revenue collector for the state and enforcer of oppressive laws that strip away at constitutional rights.
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As the video goes on, the officers gang up on one of the men filming because he grabbed batteries out of his pocket.
"Get your hands out of your pocket!" the officer yells as they pull out their tasers and threaten to shoot the men.
Imagine for a moment that these men were not police officers, and they walked up to a separate group of men who were doing nothing illegal. If private individuals told other private individuals to get their hands out of their pockets because they feared for their safety, this would seem asinine. However, add a badge to the equation, and this is legal grounds for deadly force.
If a private individual put their hands on you like the officers in the video below, it would be assault. However, because these individuals wear badges, the assault becomes policy.
Below is an example of what practicing your first Amendment looks like in a police state.