| Thursday May 26th 2016

Watching is a crime?

police stop

The resisting-arrest conviction last week of Felicia Gibson has left a lot of people wondering. Can a person be charged with resisting arrest while observing a traffic stop from his or her own front porch?

Salisbury Police Officer Mark Hunter thought so, and last week District Court Judge Beth Dixon agreed. Because Gibson did not at first comply when the officer told her and others to go inside, the judge found Gibson guilty of resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer.

Gibson was not the only bystander watching the action on the street. She was the only one holding up a cell-phone video camera. But court testimony never indicated that Hunter told her to stop the camera; he just told her to go inside.

Also notice here that this judge who held the resisting arrest conviction needs to be scrutinized further. It is obvious to any person who understands the basics of the constitution that as long as someone is not actively interfering in police making an arrest, that does not constitute “obstruction of justice.” It didn’t matter if she was filming from her front yard, from someone else’s yard, or on the sidewalk 20 feet away from the arrest, as long as it’s a reasonable distance for you not to get involved in the altercation you are not in obstruction of anything… But this judge seems to be a nazi, we as a society need to hold the police and the judges that protect them accountable by kicking the bad judges off the bench and finding district attorneys to prosecute cops that violate civil rights.


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