Video Captures Baltimore County Police Threatening Videographer

Warning: Video contains foul language.

Video on Vimeo, entitled: "Baltimore County cops doing their thing at Towson bars."
Video on Vimeo, entitled: "Baltimore County cops doing their thing at Towson bars."

Warning: Material in the video contains expletives.

A weekend disturbance in Towson has made its way into the ranks of Reddit and Vimeo and ultimately, on the radar of the Baltimore County Police Department.

At 1:45 a.m. Sunday, there was an incident involving a large crowd in the 400 block of York Road that prompted officers from Baltimore County, Baltimore City Auxiliary and Maryland State Police to respond, the Baltimore County Police Department reported Tuesday.

Officers from various agencies often assist with routine weekend patrols in the entertainment district, according to Elise Armacost, director of media and communications for the Baltimore County Police Department.

"...on-duty officers witnessed a disturbance among several members of a large crowd in the 400 block of York Road," according to Baltimore County's report.

One person who also witnessed it was an unidentified man who recorded two people being arrested and an officer asking him to leave the scene.

Police said that a man and woman were charged with resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, second-degree assault and marijuana possession.

The man filming the arrests on the sideline was confronted by an officer, who advised him to leave the scene because he was detracting attention from the incident at hand.

"Walk away and shut your [expletive] mouth or you're going to jail," the officer said.

"I thought I had freedom of speech here," the videographer said, in the video, which is attached.

"You don't," the officer said. "You've just lost it. Walk away. Keep your mouth shut."

The video was linked to on Reddit, a website that bills itself as "the front page of the Internet," Tuesday morning with the headline "WOW—Who Knew Towson Police Could Revoke the Constitution?"

The Baltimore County Police Department became aware of the video when a local TV station called to inquire about it, Armacost said.

Police then became interested in speaking with the videographer. "This [video] generated an investigation because we have concerns about the behavior displayed by some of the officers," Armacost said. "The videographer committed no crime, nor was he arrested."

On Tuesday, Baltimore County police released the following statement:

"Baltimore County police have become aware of and are investigating a 2:24 video depicting an altercation between an officer and a male civilian in Towson.

"The video shows an officer confronting a male who is filming the arrests.

"The person filming the incident was not arrested and has not come forward to file a complaint. BCoPD has begun an investigation of this incident and would like to talk to the person who was filming so that a complete picture of what happened can be constructed. Recognizing that a video often represents only a small part of an incident, investigators want to know more about what happened before and after the events depicted on the video.

"BCoPD recognizes and respects the right of citizens to film officers on duty, in a public place, unless the person filming has violated some law or statute."

Concerned March 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Here ya go Bucky..... City residents get close look at police on the job Hundreds ride in police cars, visit precincts as part of Community Partnership program June 03, 2011|By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun Two years ago, John T. Bullock was walking his dog near his home on Baltimore's West Lafayette Avenue when three pit bulls escaped from a nearby yard, charged over to Bullock and his dog and attacked them both. "The police showed up right away and took care of it," Bullock recalled. "One officer even came to the emergency room — I was having my hands stitched up — to ask me how I was doing. He followed up." Bullock, 32, an assistant professor in political science at Towson University, was impressed — and he wanted to know more about how the police do their jobs and how to establish a working relationship with the officers in his neighborhood. Bullock was one of hundreds of people who took advantage Friday of the Baltimore Police Department's Community Partnership program, which gave citizens the opportunity to ride along with officers on their rounds, sit in on roll calls and briefings, and challenge commanders with questions in face-to-face meetings. "That's something people in the community say they want — more interaction with the police," Bullock said from the passenger seat of a Ford Explorer patrol vehicle as a 30-year veteran of the force, Officer John J. Fabula, drove slowly around the parking lot of Mondawmin Mall, looking for anything out of the ordinary. The only thing they found was a mechanic changing the front brake pads of a customer's car. Fabula stepped out of the Explorer and informed the man, politely, that the parking lot was private property and that he'd have to pack up and leave. Bullock got a taste of more exciting stuff a few minutes later, at North and Pennsylvania avenues, where a pale blue Ford Mustang smacked into the rear of a Jeep and then fled, in full view of not only Fabula but a second officer in another patrol car. That officer gave chase and pulled the Mustang over three blocks away. Fabula and a half-dozen other police officers converged on the site, and the Mustang's driver — whose license turned out to have been suspended — was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident and evading police. "He could have easily hit this kid," Fabula said, pointing to a boy riding a bicycle on Woodbrook Avenue. "Sometimes — it's a heck of a thing to say — people don't always use their heads." Not long afterward, the radio crackled with a report of another hit-and-run, at Mosher Street and North Carrollton Avenue, where a female pedestrian had been injured by one of two cars that collided. Both vehicles, a minivan and a red sedan, fled after the accident. The woman, who was treated for a minor leg injury by paramedics at the scene, told police that the sedan had been racing up and down the street. Another officer found the car — a 2011 Buick LaCrosse that had not been reported stolen — abandoned a few blocks away, its hazard lights on and its airbags deployed, the passenger-side door caved in by the impact of the crash. Fabula said it appeared to be a rental car.
Buck Harmon March 17, 2014 at 02:01 PM
This is not proof of anything...the devil is in the details that can not be provided ...go for it Concerned, or surrender the topic...) If ride alongs are shot or involved in a crash who would be held liable? Nice story though.
Buck Harmon March 17, 2014 at 02:02 PM
I'm a little "concerned " about your need to post in hiding...the breeding ground of liers..
edward myers March 30, 2014 at 08:13 AM
when police fear video there is a problem having absolute evidence of their correct actions should make them happy, the only reason that the police would want you not to film is that they knew that they where acting wrongly or about to act wrongly this young man was not interfering with the police action nor was he calling out at the police, but when the police realized that he was filming him they reacted criminally. they threatened him then assaulted him when you shove someone that is an assault.in Md. when you threaten some one it is an assault. this man had a right to film the action and the police have no right to order him to leave because he is filming, while it is true you have to follow lawful orders of the police this order was not lawful and might be considered obstruction of justice as the young man was collecting video evidence. when the police fear videos it is time for everyone to fear the police, this young man had broken no law yet the police where so afraid of him taping their actions that they ran him off after assaulting him. We need a law that requires all persons with video taping ability to film any police actions that they witness and a law that provides for the severest criminal penalty's for police that harass the people filming. only then will the police have to act correctly at all times and the police bulling, and corruption will be curtailed.
Concerned April 07, 2014 at 10:58 AM
I'm concerned that you need to call names and refuse to read the truth Bucky. I gave you the article from the Baltimore Sun SO I guess they printed a lie?


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