On February 20, 2010, a Pennsylvania lawyer named Valerie Bessey was legally filming events taking place at the Philadelphia Gun Club. When cops were called to the scene, they probably didn’t expect that the woman filming would know more about the law than they did.
The first mistake made by the law enforcement officers was when they tried to tell Valerie that she was on private property. She was in fact standing in the street, which is public property and she had every right to be there.
Next, the cops tried to make Valerie stop recording the audio of their conversation, citing the Pennsylvania wiretap law. Again, they were attempting to mislead the lawyer, who knew better.
Another mistake made by the officers was not separating Valerie from the man who called the cops on her. If you’ve ever been in a situation where cops are mediating between two parties, then you know that it is routine procedure for police to separate the conflicting parties. That’s their job. It’s part of keeping everyone safe. But these officers were too preoccupied with attempting to bend the law to fit their best interests.
The officer demands identification from Valerie, who does not have her driver’s license on her, as she is not driving. She is not obligated to show the officer her ID anyway, as she isn’t being detained.
When the attempt to obtain Valerie’s ID fails, the cop asks her to identify herself by name. His reasoning is that he needs to file a police report, which should include her name. But the officer’s logic is flawed. If Valerie has committed no crime, then there is no need for a police report, therefore no need for the officers to obtain her name, or any information on her for that matter.
In case you haven’t been counting, that’s a whopping five times that Valerie schooled the officer, who apparently could use some training on how to do his job.
As you can see from this video clip, Valerie was very polite to the responding officers throughout the duration of their exchange. I’m sure she was quite annoyed with their lack of good judgement and blatant ignorance of Pennsylvania law, however her calm demeanor just made the cops look all the more stupid.
Law enforcement officers seem to hate being filmed, which is a glaring indicator that they are probably up to some shady behavior which they do not want evidence of. Let us know what you thought of this video in the comments section!
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