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Preston You Tube video garners attention

November 4, 2013

Freedom of speech or going too far? A local man has posted this video on You Tube, garnering over 2,600 views (as of Nov. 4, 2013). What do you think?

We attempted to contact the man who posted the video and will offer a follow up story. He declined to comment pending legal advice.

Update – the video was taken down by the complainant.

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8 Responses to Preston You Tube video garners attention

  1. Polly Mabey on November 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    This boy acted liked a total idiot. The officers were patient and respectful and professional. They really don’t get paid enough to put up with such a jerk. His parents must be so ashamed of him.

  2. DeAnn on November 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I can see both sides. If the officer won’t even tell him why he was stopped, why should the guy need to provide personal information? You have to give respect to be treated with respect.

  3. Marna Hill on November 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Giving a cop the middle finger is protected under the constitution by the freedom of speech and has been up held countless times. Considering it is completely legal.

    For a cop to find an excuse to arrest or detain someone for exercising their FREEDOM is an ABUSE of power.

  4. Darrell Carlson on November 5, 2013 at 1:33 am

    It is my understanding that no citizen is required to show ID without cause. Also, police officers cannot come onto your property without invitation unless they have cause or they suspect a crime has been committed. When the young man asked them to leave, since they had no reason to be there, they are obligated to do so.
    Flying the bird, while in bad taste, is not an illegal act.

  5. Dallas Sears on November 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Although I agree the young man in question acted poorly but only by not showing id when asked. First of all, a police officer must have reasonable cause to pull someone over in the first place. Despain did not. Yes, in fact flipping the bird is a freedom of speech and as such is not a reasonable cause to pull some one over. Second, the officer could not tell the young man why he was being pulled over, or why he was being arrested. The young man committed no crime warranting being pulled over, so there was no traffic violation or traffic stop for that matter. The cops were illegally on private land using the ploy of traffic stop. I hope this comes as a real wake up call to all local and other “peace officers”. Does the term “protect and serve” mean nothing anymore? Dont get me wrong, there are lots of hard working police men and women out there, both that I know and most I dont. But there seems to be getting an abundance of cops with “little man syndrome”. A badge doesnt give you the right to violate anothers civil rights. They should be expected to do the same we do when someone flips us the bird, JUST SMILE AND WAVE!!!

  6. Bob Brontington on November 5, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I think it is funny. If someone flipped me off does it give me the right to put them under citizens arrest and take them to jail? No…. So why do police think there higher then the rest of us? They actually work for us. If the cop flipped me off I guarantee he wouldn’t be going to jail. Seems like a double standard. Cop needs to learn the law if he is to uphold it.

  7. amanda on November 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Federal Court Affirms Right To Give Officer The Finger
    WASHINGTON — A police officer can’t pull you over and arrest you just because you gave him the finger, a federal appeals court declared Thursday. In a 14-page opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the “ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion…

  8. Amused on November 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    This guy is in the wrong, he can fight any charges brought against him for lack of probable cause. but the simple fact is, Officer Despain initiated a traffic stop. He is bound by law to give up information at that point, running onto private property does not free you from that obligation. At this point he is not responding to the legal requests of the officer, and he should be arrested. He can fight any and all charges after that for lack of probable cause.

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