A man videotaping police officers stopping a black driver was ordered to stop the tape, and in the end the guy was abused.
Joe Bennett he was on his way home in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, when he saw several police cars bustling in a car. Bennett decided to broadcast the stop live on Facebook … as he said, “screened it out as a citizen.”
Joe is at least 50 feet away, and maybe on, saying, “I just wanted to observe, so I tried to give them a distance.”
In fact, he says the video is “the most boring live video” when at 3 minutes a cop goes ominously towards Bennett and orders him to stop filming, with the excuse that it is a crime scene – as if it were proof.
Bennett refuses to stop, so the cop asks for his ID. Technically, if a cop asks for an ID card — even if the request violates the law — he is supposed to comply, but Bennett said he did nothing wrong, so he refused. Then the policeman attacks, grabs Bennett’s phone and hugs him.
A police officer told Spectrum 1: “Officers in the area were investigating and making arrests against McDonalds across the street for a failed check fraud scheme at Citizens Union Bank.” Which is not clear … police allegedly a suspect said Bennett was the driver in the fraud system. You hear the cop say “you’re involved,” but Joe says he was never told he was accused of check fraud. “You participated” could mean you participated because you videotaped the stop.
Joe tells TMZ that, according to the quote, “Officers were investigating a case in which fraudulent checks were paid out at a local bank. Officers were told it had a gray Jeep in it. Officers were told that the gray Jeep the perpetrators were recruited after attempted This officer was informed that the above subject [Joe Bennett] then the driver of the gray Jeep stood on the side of his vehicle. The officer approached the subject and asked for identification. Subject refused. The officer told the subject that he had been named in the investigation and the subject was still unwilling to identify himself. The officer tried to handcuff the subject before things escalated. The subject tensed and began to linger. The officer gave the subject an empty strike and took the subject to the ground. “
Bennett said he was mentioned because of his resistance to the arrest and the threat. Bennett says TMZ officers were cleared on the spot during the fraudulent fraud.
We contacted the police … so far not a word.