Cops vs. Cameras: How Two Men Are Taking on the Miami Police Department

Robert Hammonds Arrest

Hammonds and his friend face the wrath of Miami Beach police.

Tim Elfrink writes in the Miami New Times:

When Robert Hammonds and a friend, Brent Bredwell, finished filming a DJ show at Jazid in South Beach, it was around 3 a.m. on a Sunday in September. A few minutes later, after they jumped into a car and headed down Washington Avenue, a drunk-looking driver swerved across traffic and cut them off.

Hammonds leaned out the window and yelled “What the hell are you doing?” at the guy.

Next thing Hammonds and Bredwell knew, a beefy cop was pulling them over. Holding his Sig Sauer .40 caliber gun at his side, the officer angrily thrust his hand into the car through the driver-side window and waved his walkie-talkie.

“Are you a fucking idiot?” the cop screamed. “Doing that in front of me? Asshole!”

Hammonds, in the passenger seat, was discreetly filming the outburst. When reinforcements arrived to put Bredwell through sobriety tests, Hammonds kept taping and agitating. “Oh, it’s martial law now!” he yelled.

Another officer gestured at Hammonds. “Take the camera,” he said to a colleague. “It’s evidence now. Take it.”

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  • dextronaut

    Um, what did he do to agitate the police officer? Stick his head out of the window? Is that illegal?

    • quartz99

      I agree, that part of the whole story seems a little sketchy… except that I’ve heard stories like this about Miami’s police from a lot of people. The cop probably thought they were yelling at him. Of all places, that seems like one where citizens really need to be able to film their encounters with police just to protect themselves when they get to court. The final assertion in the story, that all citizens should have a camera in their car to record all interactions with police, for their own legal protection, I have to agree with that. The more police state we become, the more the police abuse their authority and the less they deserve that authority in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    Um, what did he do to agitate the police officer? Stick his head out of the window? Is that illegal?

  • Anonymous

    I agree, that part of the whole story seems a little sketchy… except that I’ve heard stories like this about Miami’s police from a lot of people. The cop probably thought they were yelling at him. Of all places, that seems like one where citizens really need to be able to film their encounters with police just to protect themselves when they get to court. The final assertion in the story, that all citizens should have a camera in their car to record all interactions with police, for their own legal protection, I have to agree with that. The more police state we become, the more the police abuse their authority and the less they deserve that authority in the first place.

  • DeepCough

    Y’know what, if cops want us to stop taping them, then maybe they should stop taping us with pieces of legislation like the PATRIOT Act. Assholes.

  • DeepCough

    Y’know what, if cops want us to stop taping them, then maybe they should stop taping us with pieces of legislation like the PATRIOT Act. Assholes.

  • SikterEfendi

    Surveillance works both ways. If they do their job right and have nothing to hide they have no reason to fear being recorded in public. Surveillance by members of the public can only help good cops do their job while holding the bad ones accountable.

  • Anonymous

    Surveillance works both ways. If they do their job right and have nothing to hide they have no reason to fear being recorded in public. Surveillance by members of the public can only help good cops do their job while holding the bad ones accountable.

  • Miss Anthrope

    We should instead of OnStar, have a built in dash cam and a button linked to on call attornies to uphold our rights and protect us from the roided up militia of thugs operating under the pretense of such causes.
    BTW, anyone else lose it to hysterics when On Star/Chevy proudly announced their staggering achievement that would allow real time facebook updates to be heard? That’s right up there with the LifeStraw and surely worthy of a nobel peace prize nomination…

  • Miss Anthrope

    We should instead of OnStar, have a built in dash cam and a button linked to on call attornies to uphold our rights and protect us from the roided up militia of thugs operating under the pretense of such causes.
    BTW, anyone else lose it to hysterics when On Star/Chevy proudly announced their staggering achievement that would allow real time facebook updates to be heard? That’s right up there with the LifeStraw and surely worthy of a nobel peace prize nomination…

  • Carlos

    They need to put video cameras in all police cars to tap the real abuse that is going on/It pertects us from injustice and protects the m from bodly harm win win for eveybody.

  • Carlos

    They need to put video cameras in all police cars to tap the real abuse that is going on/It pertects us from injustice and protects the m from bodly harm win win for eveybody.

  • Cops r Pigs

    These guy’s are great for what they’re doing it’s time that civilians get help against the same people who took an oath to protect and serve. I know from personal experinces how police officers are they wash each others back . And lie for one another . I would love to be part of there team to show the world how cops really are. Cops messed up my life i never got in trouble until i moved to miami beach and had a run in with the law and got an first hand look at what officers do to keep themselves clean and make the civilian look like a criminal .

    my story goes like this , Me at 19 , and my pregante girl friend were driving back home aftergoing to boomers , when entering Miami beach i was cut off by a silver car which almost made me crash . when i pulled next to the and yelled at the driver it was a girl and she responed to me by saying her dad is the chief of police ans shes calling him . When we got off the highway and into 41st the girl tailgated me until i came on to collins and 23st i parked on the side and she did to . about 5 mins later two miami beach troopers show up . they immediatly go to the girl and check on her . after the come to me and start asking me for license and registration , i gave it to them while waiting by my car with my pregante girlfriend one of the officer told me to shut the fuck up and go over to him . when i went over to him he stood me behind the car and started harrasing me and when that didnt work he choked me but like and normal human would react i pushed him . when i did that both officers came and slamed me on the sidewalk and keep yelling quit resisting when i wasn’t even resisting the drove their knees to my back time n time again . punched me in my face and even after they handcuff me the continued by slaming me on the car and kicking me on my legs .mean while my pregante girlfriend is watching . which i later find out she was rushed to the hospital becuase the girl had pushed her . when my girlfriend told the cop what the girl did and that she was pregante he replied with ” so who gives a fuck shes the chiefs dauther go to internal affairs bitch ” my mistake was never telling my girlfriend to film everything.

  • Cops r Pigs

    These guy’s are great for what they’re doing it’s time that civilians get help against the same people who took an oath to protect and serve. I know from personal experinces how police officers are they wash each others back . And lie for one another . I would love to be part of there team to show the world how cops really are. Cops messed up my life i never got in trouble until i moved to miami beach and had a run in with the law and got an first hand look at what officers do to keep themselves clean and make the civilian look like a criminal .

    my story goes like this , Me at 19 , and my pregante girl friend were driving back home aftergoing to boomers , when entering Miami beach i was cut off by a silver car which almost made me crash . when i pulled next to the and yelled at the driver it was a girl and she responed to me by saying her dad is the chief of police ans shes calling him . When we got off the highway and into 41st the girl tailgated me until i came on to collins and 23st i parked on the side and she did to . about 5 mins later two miami beach troopers show up . they immediatly go to the girl and check on her . after the come to me and start asking me for license and registration , i gave it to them while waiting by my car with my pregante girlfriend one of the officer told me to shut the fuck up and go over to him . when i went over to him he stood me behind the car and started harrasing me and when that didnt work he choked me but like and normal human would react i pushed him . when i did that both officers came and slamed me on the sidewalk and keep yelling quit resisting when i wasn’t even resisting the drove their knees to my back time n time again . punched me in my face and even after they handcuff me the continued by slaming me on the car and kicking me on my legs .mean while my pregante girlfriend is watching . which i later find out she was rushed to the hospital becuase the girl had pushed her . when my girlfriend told the cop what the girl did and that she was pregante he replied with ” so who gives a fuck shes the chiefs dauther go to internal affairs bitch ” my mistake was never telling my girlfriend to film everything.

  • Pigs on the loose

    Goverment officials don’t care for civilians getting harrassed by officers , and noone seem to care that police officers are taking advantage of there job . so how do we protect ourselves by video taping itsare only form of protection from the very people we are suppose to count on . i beleive they would start taking notice whe cops start getting killed by feed up people that have been abuse by them . I bet thats by they recently killed those two pigs in miami because there all crooked cops . when will there be justice for the people who abuse their power .
    personaly im glad they got killed so cops would see that everyone hates them . just because they abuse on the very same people they are suppose to protect. im fighting back myself by always video taping and voice recording everything when it comes to a cop.

  • Pigs on the loose

    Goverment officials don’t care for civilians getting harrassed by officers , and noone seem to care that police officers are taking advantage of there job . so how do we protect ourselves by video taping itsare only form of protection from the very people we are suppose to count on . i beleive they would start taking notice whe cops start getting killed by feed up people that have been abuse by them . I bet thats by they recently killed those two pigs in miami because there all crooked cops . when will there be justice for the people who abuse their power .
    personaly im glad they got killed so cops would see that everyone hates them . just because they abuse on the very same people they are suppose to protect. im fighting back myself by always video taping and voice recording everything when it comes to a cop.