Our pal and Tampa Bay area news video stringer/photographer, Ryan French had a run in with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Dept this past Moday (4/18).
Mr. French had responded to a video call (ie: a media outlet requests video from said location and then pays for that video after the call is completed) involving a stabbing at a gas station and the later arrest of that stabbing suspect. While trying to film the arrested suspect (already detained and handcuffed), HCSO deputies would not allow French to film the area, citing that homeowners did not want their property filmed and that witnesses were in the camera shot (filming NEITHER of which is against the law and is protected by freedoms and speech and press). French, who was on a public street and out of the way of law enforcement, was only interested in getting video of the captured suspect (and not witnesses). Read the full story here
Watch below as a HCSO Lieutenant approaches French