WATCH IT: Photographer arrested for refusing to stop recording cop in subway station

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Photographer arrested after refusing to stop videotaping a cop.

NEW YORK (PIX11) — A photographer was arrested after he refused to stop recording an officer in a subway station.

In the ten minute video, the cop, identified as Officer Rojas, first encounters and approaches Shawn Thomas around the five minute mark.

“This is my station right here,” Rojas says as he records Thomas with his cellphone. “Get out of this train station.”

After an exchange of words, the cop arrested Thomas and disabled his camera.

In a written statement, Thomas described what happened including the fact that the officer twisted his arm and pushed him to the staircase.

Thomas was arrested and charged with obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, trespass, and disorderly conduct.

The NYPD told PIX11 the incident is under internal investigation.

Check out the full video below:



  • Michelle

    this offcer should be suspended and hes being very nasty and nit picky i've met asshole cops before he invaded a innocent persons personal space and he put his phone right 2 inches from man's face what kind of behavior is that and notice how cop is torchuring the guy

  • Evelyn

    He should have minded his own business! What does he know about invading personal space? What about the personal space of the boy being arrested? Why was he recording the boy without the boy’s consent? People need to stop being street lawyers and let officers do their job.

  • lee

    actually, if a cop is doing his job, and the guy is not getting beat what did he do before this,..did the guy that are being handcuff jump the train, had something else..the cop did nothing wrong. it procedures for all we know. your recording something and placing it as a police brutality or hey he’s racist..think of facts, before saying the cop should be suspended..recording someone without consent is against the law.

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