I just saw this video which reportedly shows an abusive encounter between a citizen, Brett Darrow, 20, and St. George (Mo.) Police Sergeant James Kuehnlein. Kuehnlein is reported to have lost his job after this evidence was reviewed from 2007.
The question is what would have happened if there was no such videotaped evidence? As we see the continuing trend of officers arresting people for filming them in public, this video is a chilling reminder of value of such evidence. The officer is heard taunting Darrow with his ability to charge him with virtually any crime — relying on the fact that it would only be his word against the driver’s. He was mistaken.