Virginia Cop Threatens to Arrest Man for Filming Arrest (Video)

An unidentified man used his cell phone to record police as they arrested a male suspect at a McDonald's in Manassas, Va., last Saturday night.

On the video (below), two Prince William County police officers appear to force the suspect to the floor, even though he is not resisting arrest, noted PhotographyIsNotaCrime.com.

After police arrest the suspect and walk him outside to a police car, the man filming the arrest follows.

That's when an officer, who identifies himself as "Jennings," yells at the man shooting the video to get back inside the McDonald's.

Officer Jennings then threatens to arrest the man for interfering in the arrest and loitering, reports Patch.com.

“It’s my Constitutional right to do this,” says the man shooting the video, to which Officer Jennings mockingly replies, “Right, sure is, stay inside.”

The Prince William County Police Department recently responded to the video on their Facebook page:

First, we would like to point out that it is our policy not to impede on anyone's right to video our actions in public so long as there is no obstruction of or interference with police actions or anyone else's rights or safety. Secondly, we are reviewing the video and the overall incident to determine if there is anything we should strive to do better. We always accept and encourage constructive criticism or compliments from our public regarding our officers’ actions and/or behavior.

Sources: Facebook, Patch.com, PhotographyIsNotaCrime.com


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