Videotaping Cops Case in Portland Shows Differences From Brett Darrow Case Here
Remember Brett Darrow? He was the St. Louis man who videotaped St. George police sergeant James Kuehlein while the officer was giving him major league shit during a traffic stop.
After the September 7, 2007 incident, Darrow put the tape online, vindicating the gripes of everyone who's ever been pulled over by an angry officer -- and spurring debate about whether the cocksure 20-year-old was being a smart ass. The tape and its aftermath also resulted in Kuehlein getting fired. And to a greater degree, many questioned why the tiny, speed bump municipality of St. George -- population 1,288 -- even existed.
"I wanted everybody to see that this kind of stuff does happen," Darrow told KSDK at the time. "I thought if I just go to the chief or whatever, it would just get swept under the rug."
Who doesn't remember this line, shouted by Kuehlein: "Do you want to try me young boy? Do you want to try me tonight, young boy? Do you want to go to jail for some fucking reason I come up with?"
Darrow's secretive recording of the incident was legal because in Missouri, only one person needs to have consent to record a conversation between two people.
That's not the case in Portland, Oregon, where a man was ticketed after he videotaped two Portland cops "rousting two men," in the words of the Portland Oregonian.
Here's the video in question: