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Peoria, IL -- A video uploaded to YouTube this week highlights the very core of everything wrong with police in America. For doing nothing but practicing his first amendment right to film in public a man was subsequently threatened, harassed, assaulted, and forced, under duress, to leave a public space.

Having no legal basis whatsoever to even approach the man filming, the officer begins making up charges to justify detaining the man.

It has been clearly established that all Americans have the right to record the police. For an officer of the law to remain willingly ignorant of this precedent is at best, dereliction of duty, and at worst, unlawful deprivation of rights. Either way, Officer Grow was in the wrong.

In Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, the Supreme Court upheld state laws requiring citizens to reveal their identity when officers havereasonable suspicionto believe criminal activity may be taking place. Commonly known as “stop-and-identify” statutes, these laws permit police to arrest criminal suspects who refuse to identify themselves.

The man in the video below was not a criminal suspect.

The infuriating video below was shared with the following description:

This needs to be posted and reshared as much as possible to expose the conduct and actions of these Peoria Officers as they are absolutely sickening. This video is a testament to everything that is wrong with the American Police force today, evidence of the blatant disregard to their oath as Police Officers, and a clear abuse of their color of authority! Officer Grow (Badge #877) admits the citizen filming and photographing from a public sidewalk has committed no crime, violates the rules of Terry Stop by demanding ID while saying no crime was committed, then threatens to make a false charge of "Disorderly Conduct" against the citizen for simply exercising his right to refuse to ID that's derived from an illegal order, then 3-4 other officers show up (including a Sgt.) threatening the citizen with additional false charges, supporting and continuing the illegal actions of Officer Grow (#877) like a state sanctioned street gang, all refusing to identify themselves, Officer Grow (#877) committing assault and battery on the citizen by grabbing his camera, violating the citizens 1st amendment right, and then the other officers yelling "We are not afraid of YouTube" when the citizen stated his intentions to post the video online to show their completely inappropriate and illegal behavior that is a huge example of the current atmosphere and attitude within law enforcement agencies around the United States today. This video needs to be shared as many times and possible and people should be writing in to complain about these officers actions and conduct to every form of civil government in Peoria, IL.

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The man filiming gave a brief explanation of what happened prior to being assaulted by these officers.

Went shopping with wife in Peoria, IL. After shopping I was hoping to get some shots of Peoria's MotorCycle Cops. As you will see, Im am assaulted, lied too, pressured to leave under color of law, even told if I stop I will be extorted from. Civil Rights dont exist there.

At the end of the video, as the cop has his fellow state-sanctioned thugs as backup, they make the smug statement, "We are not afraid of Youtube." Well, perhaps after they receive enough complaints from peaceful citizens, they may change that sentiment.

Peoria Police Department
All Non-Emergency / After Hours
309/673-4521, 24 hours – Everyday
309/494-8318, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Monday thru Friday

Chief Jerry Mitchell: [email protected]
Asst. Chief Lisa Snow: [email protected]

Below is an example of how not to act as a public servant.