Home Crime and Punishment Self-Defense Tip: Know Your Rights, Know the Law Crime and PunishmentLaw and OrderOp-Ed Self-Defense Tip: Know Your Rights, Know the Law By - June 15, 2011 2 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Email ◀Previous Post Next Post▶ ◀Previous Post Next Post▶ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seattle City Council Set to Make Mayor’s New ‘Defund the Police’ Cuts Permanent Birmingham Mayor’s Common-Sense Proposal: Just Regulate Guns in Cities More Junk Science Used To Promote Closing the ‘Misdemeanor Loophole’ 2 COMMENTS Really want to get ticked off? Look at the YouTube video of that guy’s detainment for videoing on the public train platform in Baltimore. Some cops remind me of little kids that stomp their feet and huff and puff unless they get their way. Unfortunately they are kids with guns and the power of arrest. Reply There are probably not many of you that attended any sort of counter-terrorism school, but if you do ever attend such training, it would come as no surprise to find out that a person videotaping high-value, soft targets (such as a mass transit commuter train station) is considered to be suspicious behavior that is worthy of further investigation. The officer absolutely did the right thing by detaining the individual. Personally, I am a big fan of racial profiling so (post 9/11 / Madrid etc) if the individual looked like a foreigner /Arab / Muslim / Johnny jihad type, then the stop is even more warranted. It is common knowledge that terrorists ALWAYS case a target in the weeks and months leading up to an attack. Filming trains may be his “hobby” but it is also a fair possibility that the person videotaping the station is casing the property for a potential hit. I don’t think the police are in the wrong to attempt to figure out what is going on. I’m not saying that they should rough the individual up or break his camera or do anything thuggish – but proper vigilance demands that strange situations be investigated, and filming train stations certainly qualifies as “strange.” Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.