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‘Photography is not a crime:’ Kansas teen charged after filming cops speeding

By John Byrne
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 10:54 EDT
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A Topeka, Kansas teenager pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of inattentive driving and having a television receiver in front of him while driving, after filming police officers citing him for a traffic stop he complained were speeding.

Addison Mikkelson, 17, made headlines last year after he filmed police arresting him for jaywalking. In that video, displayed below, he asked officers what he was being charged with and his camera was thrown to the ground. Officers said he was “obstructing justice,” though the video seemed to suggest they were unhappy with his recording the incident.

On Monday, he plead not guilty to new charges. In a second video he posted Sunday, he filmed a patrol car allegedly speeding and failing to use a turn signal, and then was pulled over for what police say was inattentive driving and driving behind a television receiver. No receiver is shown.

Mikkelson told the Topeka Capital-Journal he made the film to protect himself.

“I’m not stopping,” he said. “Photography is not a crime. I’m trying to hold people accountable for their actions.”

“It’s pure harassment, I think,” his mother added.

Mikkelson received another citation for “not stopping before pulling out a drive” Feb. 16. Since he wasn’t recording at the time, he said he couldn’t prove his innocence and opted to accept the court’s $142 fine.

In his latest video, where he seemed to catch police speeding and not using a turn signal, the Kansas teen didn’t display particular tact.

“You are a loser,” he told one of the officers. “You are a loser.”

His trial has been set for April 7.

Mikkelson’s video of his being cited for driving behind a television receiver and inattentive driving:

Mikkelson being arrested after allegedly jaywalking:

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