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Man Filmed Confrontation with Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson

November 17, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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The Ferguson, Missouri officer, Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old was videoed by a man and posted online, said Darren Wilson unlawfully arrested him and violated his rights.

The 15-second video shows a man alleged to be Wilson in uniform in the middle of a confrontation with resident Mike Arman, who recorded the brief encounter.

The video begins with Arman asking the officer his name, and Wilson replies, “If you wanna take a picture of me one more time, I’m going to lock your a– up.”

Arman replies he is not taking a picture but recording the incident, then Wilson walks several feet toward him.

Arman asks Wilson if he has the right to record the incident and Wilson replies “no” and says “come on” as the video comes to a shaky end.

According to the Daily Mail, The video shows only a small glimpse of the encounter but Arman writes in the description of the video posted Friday that Wilson violated his First Amendment rights, arrested him unlawfully and lied on the police report.

A grand jury is currently deciding whether to indict Wilson and the decision is expected to be handed out soon.

The incident has sparked months of protests in the town of Ferguson and garnered national attention and debate on police brutality and racial profiling.

A police report of the Arman incident written by Wilson states he went to the home on Oct. 28, 2013 because Arman had multiple derelict vehicles on his property, which violated a local ordinance.

Arman told The Guardian he believes Wilson lied on the report and should have been allowed to record the incident. He said he began filming moments after the officer approached his home.

The Ferguson Police Department declined to comment on the video and a spokesman told the newspaper he did not believe it was Wilson though the officer’s name appears on the police report.

The officer wrote he told Arman he would issue him a summons when the resident became upset and claimed the city was harassing him.

The officer then stated Arman took out his cell phone and Wilson said only a voice recording of the conversation would be acceptable — but Arman told The Guardian he was only told that after he was already arrested.

He also wrote he told Arman he would not give him his name and that he could read it off of his nameplate. He also said he told Arman to remove the camera from his face.

Wilson then charged Arman with failure to comply and transported him to county jail. He wrote in the report that Arman laid on the floor for about 10 minutes and said he was having trouble breathing and was unable to feel his arms and legs before being booked. Wilson wrote Arman later calmed down and acted normally.

Arman told The Guardian the charge was dropped after he told his lawyer he had video footage of the incident. Wilson also charged him with violating local pit bull regulations but those charges were also dropped when Arman showed his canine was actually a bulldog, the newspaper reported.

The 30-year-old told the newspaper he was working on his porch and was being cordial, but wanted to record the conversation to “safeguard” himself.

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