Thursday, September 11, 2014

WaPo Producer Confronted by D.C. Police for Filming Arrest

This I like to see. The more often the elite get in the face of cops, and not identify themselves until after an incident, the more careful coppers have to be around all of us.

The police were challenged once again. This time by a member of a member of a more powerful elite establishment organization.

Andrew Heining, a producer, at the Washington Post filmed some police activity in downtown Washington D.C.

Here's what happened.

Herining recounts what he did:
I filled out a PD-99 Citizen Complaint form with MPD Sunday night and submitted it to Internal Affairs and the District 1 Commander. I heard back from Commander Jeff Brown and Captain Brian Harris on Monday afternoon, and again from Capt. Harris Tuesday night. Capt. Harris told me the officers shown were clearly in the wrong, that he and another officer he showed it to said "What the hell!?" aloud while watching it. He told me that the officers in the video would be disciplined. 

Prior to this incident I wasn't aware of MPD General Order 304.19 set forth in July, 2012 regarding "Video Recording, Photographing, and Audio Recording of Metropolitan Police Department Members by the Public." It's found here and addresses a number of the issues I brought up in the video:

I pulled out my phone and began recording when I came upon a man being physically restrained by 7 D.C. police officers outside the downtown branch of the D.C. Public Library September 7, 2014, at 6:24 p.m.

The video came out blurry, but 48 seconds in, Officer C.C. Reynolds (badge 3983) didn't like that I was recording the proceedings, and tried to intimidate me into leaving the scene.

I don't know what happened before this, whether the man was indeed fighting, or whether the large police response was warranted, but in light of the recent events in Ferguson, Mo., Staten Island, N.Y., and elsewhere, I thought it prudent to stay and observe the arrest. I know that I have a right to occupy a public place, and that recording the police isn't cause for suspicion or accusation of wrongdoing. 

I don't appreciate the intimidation tactics Officer Reynolds used to try to bully me into leaving. I believe the D.C. Police Department should apologize, reprimand Officer Reynolds, and work to ensure that its officers understand the rights of the public.


  1. When you object to federal control of education and advocate closing the Department of Education you’re accused of being against education.

    I wonder if objection to federal control of local policing would result in accusation of being against policing.

    For what it’s worth, local government education is anathema to me. I’m also finding it difficult to avoid objecting to local government control of local policing, and for the same reasons.

  2. Pretty Sure I saw this "officer" on The Wire: