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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw Enforcement & Police · 2 months ago

Why do police always insist on agitating the First Amendment auditors?   ?


There are thousands of videos of these guys online filming a traffic stop or something, generally 20 - 30 feet away... just doing their thing, and without fail, 90% of the time, some cop has to come up and make a huge deal out of nothing. The cop will ask what they're doing, attempt to move them, attempt to ID them, in many cases threaten to search and arrest them. Why?

We get it, the 1A auditor guys are super annoying... but, they do have a right to do what they are doing, the SCOTUS and various other courts have ruled they have a right to film... but none the less, there always seems to be that one cop who refuses to just let it be and walk away like an adult... instead they take the bait and make themselves look childish and petty for millions to see... Why do you take the bait... every single time. and bonus question* Why do you get so mad at people filming you in the first place?? 

3 Answers

  • 2 months ago
    Favourite answer

    That answer always alludes me. Some even say "You're out here baiting us". 

    Well then, aren't they stupid for taking the bait? 

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  • Bruce
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You may see that in 90% of the videos, but that is because if there is no drama, they don't post the video. In reality, that probably happens 1% or less and tens of thousands of videos are not posted.

    • Princess
      Lv 5
      2 months agoReport

      I follow some 1A Auditors, and some post videos DAILY which show poor police interactions. 
      MOST also post GOOD interactions. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Through out most of history, officers could basically act however they wanted as their word was obviously taken with greater credibility in court.  Now we've entered a time when these officers are essentially being forced onto the same level as the rest of us, and they don't like it.  They feel like it takes something away from their position, and that the persons recording them are being disrespectful.


    Give it another couple generation and officers will basically expect that they are being recorded, but we first need the older generations to retire out.

    • Kieth
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      Before the availability of video recording, the police could deny any involvement in someone being beaten, or say the person resisted or attacked them first. Since Rodney King, they have been held accountable, and they don't like it.

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