An Orange County, California, deputy recently accused three teens sitting inside a car of "suspicious activity." The young people were purportedly parked outside of one of the teen's homes.
One teen filmed the encounter (video below) on his cell phone.
The deputy told the teens that they were in a “gang neighborhood,” but the teens denied that they were gang members, noted PhotographyIsNotaCrime.com.
One of teens admitted there was marijuana inside the vehicle, and the deputy told the teen, who was filming, to stop because there was a crime being committed.
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The deputy asked the teen driver for his driver's license, but the young man did not produce it.
When the teen, who was filming, asked the deputy his name, the deputy made a grab for his cell phone, but failed to secure it.
The teen, who filmed and and posted the video, wrote on his YouTube page: "I was in front of my house on my own drive way when two Orange County police officers walked up and started to harass my friends and I. I told the officers my rights as I was recording. I was later placed in handcuffs and harassed until I told them my rights. Know your rights!!"
According to the ACLU, police officers cannot seize your camera/cell phone without a warrant, except in "certain extreme 'exigent' circumstances such as where necessary to save a life, or where police have a reasonable, good-faith belief that doing so is necessary to prevent the destruction of evidence of a crime while they seek a warrant."
Officers can tell you not to film if you are interfering in law enforcement work, noted the ACLU.