A sheriff’s deputy in Harris County, Texas was caught on video arresting a man apparently because the man was videotaping his conversation with another person, the Free Thought Project reported.
The footage shows the deputy, identified as “Hoang,” arriving onto private property and approaching a man sitting down on a chair when he turns and asks the person filming, “Is there a reason why you’re recording this?”
The person behind the camera, identified as Michael Gardner, says, “Yes, sir, but I don’t answer questions.” Gardner, who is standing several feet away from the deputy while filming, then identifies himself as a friend of the seated man.
Gardner told the Free Thought Project that he was working on the property and had been allowed by the owners to be there. The man in the chair was reportedly not one of the owners.
“You need to leave,” the officer says.
“I’m on private property,” Gardner replies. The seated man tells Gardner to “listen to the officer,” but Gardner continues recording.
“I’m video recording it for public document, sir,” Gardner says.
“You need to leave,” Hoang says again. “Right now, this is a scene, and you’re not allowed to be [here].”
“I’m not interfering,” Gardner tells him. “I’m just video recording it for public safety purposes.”
Hoang then approaches Gardner, orders him to turn around, and can be seen grabbing him.
“I’m not doing anything, sir,” Gardner says as the camera begins to shake. The recording stops just after he says, “This is illegal. Highly illegal.”
Gardner was then allegedly handcuffed and taken to jail, but later released after a judge found no probable cause for charging him.
“I should have never answered his questions.” Gardner told the Free Thought Project. “I will not stop videotaping police. The public is awake to the police state. We have to stand strong in the fight against tyranny.”
Earlier this year, a federal court of appeals upheld a ruling allowing private citizens to film police in public.
Watch Gardner’s footage, as posted online, below.
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In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.
The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.
"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."
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Hannity began by saying to Trump that he believes Pelosi has lost control of her own party, as officials like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) continue to call for impeachment.
"I say Nancy Pelosi is the speaker in name only," Hannity told Trump, calling Ocasio-Cortez the real start.
But what Trump said was the unusual point.
"I think Nancy Pelosi probably has control of it, I hear different things, but I think she does," Trump said, appearing to defend the Speaker. "She knows what she's doing. We will see how it all comes out."
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McEnany went on to try and spin the president as some sort of great leader for Black Americans. She said that the campaign is very "proud" of the president's record on issues involving people of color.
"He also just said he wouldn't change his position on the Central Park Five," cut in Cuomo.
McEnany tried to cut in, but Cuomo cut in. "Now, he said we'll leave it at that. Come on."
"Chris, you come — come on, you," McEnany shot back. "We've been talking about the Central Park Five and racism and all of these things going back to the 2016 election, problem -- American people didn't believe it."