SOUTH GATE, CA – Another day, another video of law enforcement behaving badly. It happened this time in South Gate, California, south of Los Angeles, where a woman was filming authorities bust the Mongol Outlaws biker gang on Sunday afternoon.
Beatrice Paez can be heard on the video telling officers she has a right to be there. However, a U.S. Deputy Marshal was not having it.
“I thought he was going to beat me, so I moved away from him, and he grabbed [my phone], smashed it with his boot, kicked everything from me, including my water bottle,” said Paez.
What’s disturbing is that it looks like a cop is telling her to move back, and she complies. But as soon as she looks away, the mad Marshal strikes.
“What she did, which everyone has the right to do, she pulled out her phone, and she started to record,” said Paez’s attorney, Colleen Flynn.
Flynn claims Paez was filming from at least 150-feet away.
“What I saw was 8 to 10 people in their lawn, face down on their stomach with their hands behind their back, and everyone was held at gunpoint to their head,” said Paez.
“She was in no way interfering with police activity,” said Flynn.
The U.S. Marshals Service is aware of the video and is currently ‘reviewing the incident.’ Know your rights! It’s perfectly legal to film cops at work in all 50 states, as long as it doesn’t physically interfere with their ability to do their job.
It is your constitutional right, and what happened in South Gate is just plain wrong.