VIDEO: Videographer confronted by Chicago police, attorneys, keeps filming

Written By Chicago News Report on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 7/25/2012 10:47:00 PM


In a recently published video, filmed in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, a cameraman confronted by authorities refused to stop recording.

The somewhat confrontational footage was shot July 27, 2002, around 12:15 a.m., at a police checkpoint on the 5700 block of North Ashland Avenue.

While it's unclear why the police were randomly stopping cars -- one thing is immediately clear --- they did not want the event videotaped.

Two officers, identified as a police sergeant and a lieutenant, tried to convince the videographer that filming the motorists' faces and their vehicles' license plates, was illegal.

When that tactic didn't work, the sergeant brought over two women who claimed to be attorneys from the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

"I think this could be a privacy issue," said one of the alleged attorneys.

"You know there are no privacy issues in public. There's absolutely no expectation of privacy when you're in public," shot back the cameraman. "You're a lawyer and you know that."

Unimpressed by their authority, the filmmaker went on to explain why he had every right to videotape what he considered to be a "Soviet Union procedure".



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More recently, a man videotaping a female officer's private vehicle parked outside a South Loop clinic, was threatened with arrest.

At first, the officer seemed quite friendly, but when the man refused to stop recording, she swatted his camera and threatened to arrest him for disorderly conduct.

The person who uploaded the footage to YouTube labeled the incident as "police brutality".

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