Dallas Cop Suspended for Trying to Confiscate Cyclist’s Helmet Camera

Via CopBlock:
Well, this is an unexpected but welcome turn of events: Dallas Sheriff’s Deputy James Westbrook has been suspended for 30 days without pay following his attempt to confiscate a motorcyclist’s helmet camera. The deputy told cyclist Chris Moore that he was going to take his helmet cam as evidence proving that other cyclists were engaged in criminal behavior. Following Moore’s refusal, Westbrook arrested him for an obstructed license plate, an offense that normally warrants a ticket. Here’s Moore’s video:

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17 Comments on "Dallas Cop Suspended for Trying to Confiscate Cyclist’s Helmet Camera"

  1. While this is good to hear, I would have preferred if the cop had been shot during his attempted armed robbery of Mr. Moore.

    • Calypso_1 | Sep 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm |

      …Assault, False Arrest, False Imprisonment.  Intimidating a witness.  Probably filing a false report.  Willful, unreasonable conduct was demonstrated.  It’s way beyond time that citizens were just protected by being able to defend themselves through civil action.  These are criminal offenses and should be tried accordingly.

  2. I’m scared too see cops Despotism in USA. In France this cops is dead 2 days laters…

  3. This is infuriating. It is more like the police state we are seeing all over this country and I am tired of it.

  4. pigs will be pigs

    with 1 cop for every 165 people
    Der Homeland has more armed pigs than any country in the whirled
    so it’s extremely easy to encounter them
    which is why they call it
    The Land of the Free

  5. Why you need this? | Sep 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm |

    I hate to say it but we need to start killing cunty cops en masse. This behavior has to stop and I don’t see any other way.  Things are just getting worse and worse.

    • Why you need this? | Sep 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm |

       Let me add that there are some good folks in law enforcement. They need to handle the cunts because the cunts give the good ones a bad name. Sadly, the good ones seem to be the minority.

      • Calypso_1 | Sep 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm |

        Absolutely, IA – needs to stop being pariah and start being a source of pride.

  6. Hadrian999 | Sep 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm |

    people are terrified of the threat of getting arrested they let themselves get bullied by cops, a prime example is the illinois police using the threat of a felony charge to bully people into not video recording police misconduct, the police still us this threat even though though a federal court found that the law likely violated the 1st amendment 
    http://www.pixiq.com/article/federal-appellate-court-illinois people would rather cower before the police than assert their rights, it’s nice to see a few people call the bluff out of control police.

    • Jin The Ninja | Sep 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm |

      i absolutely agree with you, but there are instances where certain vulnerable populations feel dis empowered in a situation with the police. i know that glbtq people, trans people particularly have such a rough time of it with the po-po, they’d rather be compliant than a target. but again i agree with you wholeheartedly, i just know from both experience and people i know- there are groups that prefer to not engage in conflict.

  7. i hope that asshole pig losses his job & is prosecuted to the full extent of the law along with his friend. 

  8. Anarchy Pony | Sep 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm |

    That a Suzuki? 

  9. Fuc*ing cops are out of control!

  10. Isn’t it strange how nowadays, even the most law abiding citizens are intimidated by cops?  I can remember as a child and even as a young adult, the sight of a police cruiser driving in my neighborhood kind of reassured you that  you were safe, that someone was watching out for the bad guys.  Now it seems like every time I see a cop car I immediately wonder if I am  doing something wrong, do I have my insurance card, are my taillights working, is there any reason this guy can pull me over.  The internet (I’m talking reliable sources) is full of news regarding cops who take their authority to ridiculous levels, including cold-blooded murder.  We used to tell our children that cops are there to help them, but I don’t know if I would want my child going to a cop for help… he’d probably end up in the maze known as child protective services.  Thankfully my kids are grown, but they share my distrust of cops. 

  11. From what I’ve seen in Australia & the U.S., & more in the UK recently, is the police morphing into an organisation that inspires fear rather than security or reassurance. They’ve become tax collectors & a means to keep the general population in line, by threat of violence, actual violence or imprisonment on made up charges. The police force is failing on a grand scale.

    • Jin The Ninja | Sep 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm |

       i think the police, as a mechanism and tool of state power, is just doing what it always has done.

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