Christopher Vannote had been filming deputies from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (scroll down for video). He followed the cops across the street to make sure he didn’t miss anything. The idea was to keep police accountable for their actions. If something was going to go down, Vannote wanted to have a record of it. And maybe, just maybe, being filmed would force the police to behave themselves.
But as he crossed the street, deputies told him not to walk up behind them because they “have guns.”
Vannote didn’t heed the seemingly threatening warning. Instead he told one of the deputies that he wanted to file a complaint against the deputies for trying to intimidate him.
But just moments later, as he continued filming officers, the deputy cited him for jaywalking. The jaywalking the deputy referred to occurred when he had first crossed the street.
Watch the video and see for yourself…
The Los Angeles Times, notes that jaywalking tickets range from $190 to $250. That’s a lot to pay considering he didn’t actually jaywalk. Jaywalking, in Los Angeles, requires illegal crosses at “traffic control signal devices” like lights.
But the video clearly shows there are only stop signs. A stop sign is not a “traffic control signal device” by law, and thus these officers not only slapped him with a ticket to punish him for complaining about being threatened, but they also gave him a ticket for something that was not actually a crime.