NYPD: “You Have No Right To Film!”

This is never before seen footage from a protest that took place on May 1st 2009. In this video the NYPD approach the activists and the situation escalated from there. Police approached Luke Rudkowski and demanded he stopped filming, which started a confrontation between the two.

Via WeAreChange


Luke Rudkowski is an independent journalist, activist, live streamer and founder of WeAreChange.org.
  • Anarchy Pony

    Maaaan, Fuck tha Po-lice!

    • Jin The Ninja


  • dani pettas

    Great video.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    What happens when you put an extremely unlikable person next to guys who have anger issues? WAC….

    • http://twitter.com/Lukewearechange Luke Rudkowski

      what makes wearechange extremely unlikable?

      • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

        well i didn’t say WAC was the unlikable thing. I think there’s an occasionally useful piece of information there.

        • http://twitter.com/Lukewearechange Luke Rudkowski

          yeah but what made you say that

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            Okay i’ll bite. I know you don’t mean harm. That is not the argument. Where to begin… This may in some ways sound insulting, but it’s what i see, and indeed this is for constructive criticism because I feel you guys do have potential.

            Its clear you’re an Alex Jones for a different age-group and demographic, whether or not you intend to be. You replace his red-faced rage-rants with an infuriating smugness that I hope you grow out of. As i said, Cops commonly have anger issues(sometimes the shit they have to do is empowered by anger, and sometimes it get’s misplaced) and you’re attitude is the perfect error in the machine that makes their blood boil. You pander to cop hate, a sentiment that I do not share, but one that i know is prevalent, and probably one that funds you well. You are political paparazzi. You present cops getting pissed off at you because you naturally infuriate them, and present it as their only state(because that’s the only footage worth filming right?)

            Speaking of Paparazzi, the ugliest thing you do is ambush political figures and ask arbitrary questions that you probably should know in the first place you’re never going to get an answer to. Not everything is worth uploading just because it got filmed. “Political Figure XYZ Doesn’t want to talk about ZYX” is not a headline. Sure if you wan’t to continue ambushing people, at least stick to the ones where they are willing to talk about… something. Noone cares about you asking a Kissinger or a Cheyney about some abuse if all they say is “you’re a sick person, you need help” because without context, that’s exactly what it looks like. If you’re going to be in the media business you should definitely consider self image at least a little bit. Media before it got wholly monopolized and streamlined involved investigation and reporting, not running up to a crimelord and say “Hey did you kill Joe over there”, all he has to say is “nope”. Every once in a while i see you interview someone who actually wants to talk to you, and its actually a fairly interesting conversation, a dialog, ideas are exchanged, new thoughts are formed. Its good! Then i see something like this, and I go back to making fun of you guys.

            If i could sum it all up in one statement, you have good intentions, but terrible tactics.

          • http://twitter.com/Lukewearechange Luke Rudkowski

            @Chaorder Gradient I’m not insulted and appreciate any honest feedback. Just know that I know many cops and that I know not all of them are bad. We featured positive stories before with police officers and just try to film what we see. If you look at this video the officer approached me and I still said “with all due respect officer, we have every right to film” which we do, i probibly shouldnt of raised my voice at the end but in that kind of situation emotions get the best of you.

            as far as the ambush journalism, its really the only way to get your question across sometimes. Many times the press never gets a chance to talk to the person which defeats the whole purpose of their events. It’s not perfect ofcourse a one on one exchange is best but its better then nothing. I still feel like asking kissinger a question about his horrible crimes is somewhat productive because it shows kissinger that people are finding out the truth and that were not afraid to raise it to them. Even though he may just respond with calling me names he still will know that people are finding out about his crimes which I think is important. idk what do you think

      • Calypso_1

        Are you truely seeking a constructive criticism?

        • Ittabena

          Bet you a Bitcoin you never get a response to your question.

          • http://twitter.com/Lukewearechange Luke Rudkowski

            give @Calypso_1:disqus a bitcoin now

          • Ittabena

            Well slap me around and call me Susan…

        • http://twitter.com/Lukewearechange Luke Rudkowski


  • InfvoCuernos

    I like how the cameraman uses some cop style verbal kung-fu-“If you aren’t doing anything wrong, you won’t mind me filming you”. Sounds like what pigs always say when they want to search your property without a warrant. I can’t understand what legal justification any law enforcement officer could have for not being filmed. The only thing that cop could say was “where’s my camera?”-where’s my gun? would have been a good comeback(4 years later).

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    The thing is everybody should do shit like this and eventually if everyone does we will live in a different world. We can all sit in the peanut gallery and say “bzzzt!….(I don’t know whatever cynical people say from the sidelines to criticize people who actually do shit)

    They don’t have the slickest production values, they don’t have the most polished presentation, they might focus too much on Bohemian Grove, but godamn it, they are doing it and if they saw Amy Goodman being dragged across a parking lot by her hair my feeling is they would fucking step in!

  • George Caye

    Stop giving unlimited power to armed government thugs.