A new video has surfaced from 2013 showing Officer Darren Wilson arresting a man for filming him serving a summons.
Mike Arman posted the video last week. It shows Wilson coming onto his property when the following exchange took place:
“If you wanna take a picture of me one more time, I’m gonna lock your ass up.”
“Sir, I’m not taking a picture, I’m recording this incident sir,” Arman responded. “Do I not have the right to record?”
“No, you don’t; come on,” Wilson said, and arrested him.
By the way, it is entirely legal to video tape a police officer.
The Guardian reports that Arman was arrested for failing to comply with Wilson’s order. In an interview, he claimed the charges were dropped “after he told his lawyer he had video footage of the incident.” Arman has been charged with resisting arrest before and has a criminal record.
“I was working on my porch with my toolbelt on and was being cordial,” Arman said of the incident. “But I wanted to safeguard myself by recording what happened.” Filming police officers carrying out their duties is widely considered to be legal and protected by the first amendment of the US constitution.
Initially, a spokesman for the Ferguson Police Department responded to the video and said “I don’t think that is him.” However a police report confirms that Officer Wilson did arrest Arman at his home in October of 2013. “The report states Wilson had arrived to issue a court summons regarding derelict vehicles that were being left on the property in violation of city rules. ”
Wilson wrote in his report that Arman was “upset” and wanted to record the incident. The officer told him that a voice recording “would be acceptable” but Arman “refused to answer any questions or co-operate as he lifted the phone to begin a video recording of myself” and “stated that I must state my name to him” as Wilson asked for more information on the vehicles.
Arman was driven to the police department and charged with failure to comply and breaching regulations on pit bull dogs. Wilson was unable to enter Arman’s backyard “due to pit bulls.” Arman said that charged was dropped when he showed that his dog was a bull dog and not a pit bull.