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Man Preserves Video of Police Shooting by Hiding Memory Card in Mouth

On Memorial Day 2011, Narces Benoit witnessed and filmed a group of Miami police officers shooting and killing a suspect in a car chase and armed robbery. He was then confronted by officers who handcuffed him and smashed his cell phone, but Benoit was able to sneakily preserve the video with some quick thinking. The Miami Herald writes,

Benoit said the officers eventually uncuffed him after gunshots rang out elsewhere and he discreetly removed the [memory] card and placed it in his mouth.

Officers again took his phone, demanding his video. He said they took him to a nearby mobile command center, snapped a picture of him, then took him to police headquarters and conducted a recorded interview while he kept the [memory] card in his mouth. He insisted his phone was broken.

The video was uploaded to YouTube yesterday, and has since gone viral. A local news cameraman also had his camera confiscated and thrown into the back of a police car.

(via The Miami Herald via Carlos Miller)


Update: Turns out it wasn’t a SIM card, but an SD memory card that was used in a HTC EVO. (Thanks Caleb!)


Update: You can read the National Press Photographers Association’s response here.


 
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Austin-Hoherd/576367461 Daniel Austin Hoherd

    Good thing he didn’t have an iPhone, you can’t hide that in your mouth.

  • Doug B

    “Recently in Egypt, Syria and Libya citizens and photojournalists have
    risked, and in some cases given, their lives to provide visual proof of
    repressive governmental activities. It is truly a shame that what is
    viewed abroad as heroic is considered as suspect at home,,,”  This quote came from the NPPA article and I couldn’t have said it better myself.  I want to be proud of the country in which I live and every time I hear of a story like this it makes it harder and harder. 

  • Doug B

    “Recently in Egypt, Syria and Libya citizens and photojournalists have
    risked, and in some cases given, their lives to provide visual proof of
    repressive governmental activities. It is truly a shame that what is
    viewed abroad as heroic is considered as suspect at home,,,”  This quote came from the NPPA article and I couldn’t have said it better myself.  I want to be proud of the country in which I live and every time I hear of a story like this it makes it harder and harder. 

  • http://twitter.com/omicronlyrae Oliver Lea

    Er. A SIM card is not a memory card. A SIM is used to allow a phone to connect to a network, so I think you mean memory card, right..?

  • Anonymous

    I’m really glad this video surfaced. I’ve been following this story since it happened last week and I’m surprised it hasn’t gotten a lot of national attention. This is the first video that surfaced of the shooting. It was shot high from the balcony of an apartment building that’s right on the intersection.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDs-Wp_TN2c&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • Austin

    The cops were definitely not right in this case, but lets not exaggerate.  A bunch of cops got caught up in an situation that pumped a bunch of adrenalin into their systems forcing bad behavior.  I suspect two things are a fault here:  Poor training of the policemen and illegal behavior by a few of the officers (the ones going after the guy taking the video).  

    What we are not seeing in this video is cops all across the nation confiscating videos of peaceful rallies and other things.  This is one incident.  It is ridiculous for you to assert this as a reason to stop being proud of your country.  There is always a few bad apples in every bunch.  

        

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jose-Cruz/620699987 Jose Cruz

    you left off the fact that the man wouldn’t release this video until one of the major news companies bought it.. CNN bought the video

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  • Roger

    Being told to delete photos is being told to destroy evidence.

    KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

  • Jimmy

    I personally know a lot of cops.  They live in my same suburban neighborhood, we send our kids to the same schools, and we sometimes attend the same social functions, BBQ’s and birthday parties where I pretend to be their friend.

    I now honestly believe that most of them are the bad apples, and the decent ones are the exception.

    You can only hear so many stories about the “punk they roughed up last night” and beating a 19 year old’s head against the hood of the squad car because they found a little weed on him before you start to believe that the law enforcement profession attracts mostly just common thugs who need to justify their thuggish ways.

  • Jimmy

    I personally know a lot of cops.  They live in my same suburban neighborhood, we send our kids to the same schools, and we sometimes attend the same social functions, BBQ’s and birthday parties where I pretend to be their friend.

    I now honestly believe that most of them are the bad apples, and the decent ones are the exception.

    You can only hear so many stories about the “punk they roughed up last night” and beating a 19 year old’s head against the hood of the squad car because they found a little weed on him before you start to believe that the law enforcement profession attracts mostly just common thugs who need to justify their thuggish ways.

  • Goo

    Ughh imagine trying to stuff a CF card in your mouth

  • sreams

    iPhones have simcards too. Pops out on the side.

  • sreams

    “What we are not seeing in this video is cops all across the nation confiscating videos”
    Of course you’re not… because the videos were confiscated.

  • sreams

    Or a VHS tape for that matter…

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  • mikeyc2010

    If they were crooks and they were fleeing the scene of an armed robbery, then the cops should have shot em and k i l le d em. They’re crooks. Good riddance in my opinion. Too bad they didn’t take care of this guy while they were at it …

  • Dick Fabulous

    They shot that guy, they could shoot you too. Your rights end at the end of a gun barrel. Fact.