Friday, December 5, 2014

Harris County Sheriff Deputy Hoang Arrested Man For Video Recording Incident

A Harris County Sheriff deputy arrested a 27-year-old man for video recording him on private property.

By H. Nelson Goodson
December 5, 2014

Harris County, Texas - On Tuesday, Michael Gardner, 27, of Pinehurst was taken into custody for refusing to stop video recording Harris County Sheriff Deputy Hoang while investigating a domestic dispute call at a private property where Gardner worked. Gardner was released from jail after a judge found no probable cause of breaking any law. It seems that Deputy Hoang violated Gardner's right to video record an officer while doing his job. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that citizens can video record officers while doing there jobs, but in this case, Deputy Hoang is unaware that he can be video recorded on duty. Has the Harris County Sheriff's Office notified it's deputies that citizens can actually video record them while on duty? Apparently not!
Gardner posted his video of the confrontation with Deputy Hoang on his Facebook account and wrote that Deputy Hoang told him to stop recording and to leave the property. A man that Deputy Hoang went to talk too, told Gardner to "listen to the officer." Gardner says, the man lived at the property, but he is not the owner who gave him permission to be in the property to do some work.  
Deputy Hoang can be seen on the video confronting Gardner and trying to take the cell away. Hoang arrested Gardner, handcuffed him and placed him in the back seat of the squad vehicle and didn't even get strapped with the seat belt. Gardner says, Deputy Hoang was driving over the speed limit, texting on his cell and was endangering his life.
Gardner is seeking legal advice to take legal action against Deputy Hoang and the Harris County Sheriff's Office for an illegal arrest and violating his rights.

Video of arrest:

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