Attempting To Capture Officer Wrong-Doing On Video (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

July 27, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 3:09 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) -- It's a growing trend you can see all over YouTube, citizens video-taping their confrontations with police after being pulled over or arrested.

With just about every cell phone being equipped with video capabilities it's becoming easier and easier to do. More often than not, the intent of the video seems to be an attempt to catch a police officers' wrong-doing or use of excessive force.

One video recently gained popularity on YouTube, which at first glance shows a woman being physically assaulted by Fort Wayne police officers, before being thrown to the ground and tased. But as police Chief Rusty York says you can't jump to conclusions of what is being shown because even video evidence can be deceiving.

Because of that, his officers are well aware that at any moment during an investigation a camera may be pointed in their direction.

“Potentially everybody has video,” Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York said. “Officers understand that, and when they become involved in an investigation they know that anything they do, anything they say potentially could be videoed and end up on YouTube, or being sent to the chief's office."

According to Chief York, in the video we just showed in our broadcast, the woman who was tackled by police was a relative of a stabbing victim in an ongoing investigation. She reportedly had ignored multiple prior request by officers to remain outside the crime scene tape and was apprehended upon entering the crime scene.

In that case, the officers were cleared of any wrong-doing. But Chief York says video taping police officers is not illegal.




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