September 11, 2014 8:10 pm -

Two people were filming where prisoners were being taken in and out of the Duval County, Florida courthouse when a couple of officers from the Jacksonville police department tried to stop them.[su_center_ad]

In the video, one of the officers tells the cameramen this is a “secure area” and asks why they are filming.

One cameraman says, “I am filming in a public space.”

The officer then wants to know the cameraman’s name and why he refuses to tell him (the officer) why he is filming.

According to, when the cameraman says he wants to “remain silent,” the police officer appears to laugh and says, “You must be doing something wrong if you invoke your rights.”

The officer then doubles down on his bizarre claim and refuses to show the cameraman the statute that bans people from filming prisoners entering and leaving the sally port.

Eventually, the officers leave the scene and allow the men to film.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

19 responses to Cop: ‘You Must Be Doing Something Wrong If You Invoke Your Rights’

  1. Roctuna September 11th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    It boils down to “You’re defying me and that’s wrong, according to me”.

  2. Guy Lauten September 11th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    The cop mindset: Everybody is guilty of something, and if they’re invoking their rights they must be guilty of it NOW. Screw this “Protect and Serve” crap, it’s us against them.

    • tiredoftea September 11th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Of course! If everyone was not guilty, what need do we have of them?

    • uzza September 11th, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      If he wasn’t a cop, then he was guilty of being a civilian. Q.E.D.

  3. tiredoftea September 11th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    The constitution only applies to law abiding citizens and those the police deem to be.

    • Suzanne McFly September 11th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      I lived there for 15 years and I don’t miss it at all. There were always stories about cops and the good ol’ boys club they belong to.

      • tiredoftea September 11th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

        Although it is Florida, It’s not limited to that place. There is more than enough police ignorance to go around. I’m frankly surprised that the guy wasn’t shot, or at least arrested.

        • Suzanne McFly September 11th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

          People in Connecticut (where I am from originally) were surprised to hear how back woods Florida is, they thought it was a more liberal state. Northern Florida is simply southern Georgia, south Florida is a much better area. I know these cops are everywhere but seeing that video reminded me of what I left behind.

  4. ChrisVosburg September 11th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    You must be doing something wrong if you invoke your rights.

    What a great way to get out of jury duty, just tell ’em in Voir Dire that you think 5th = Guilty.

  5. whatthe46 September 11th, 2014 at 8:33 pm


  6. Tommy6860 September 11th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Anymore, the police treat one’s rights like the Wheel of Fortune, better give the right answer.

  7. Rusty Shackleford September 11th, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Interpreting someone pleading the fifth as an admission of guilt is LITERALLY THE EXACT OPPOSITE of the amendment’s intended purpose. You could not have missed the point harder if you tried.

  8. Spirit of America September 11th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    LOL LOL… 2 days ago I was explaining to a young family member how cops used to come into our classroom to meet the kids, get to know them, explain their rights to them, etc etc. Then I see this article… 180 off of what it used to be….

  9. juicyfruityyy September 11th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Why are these cops being just jerks? I guess that must be used to people not knowing their rights.

  10. neworleans878 September 12th, 2014 at 12:08 am

    You all must be doing something wrong if you don’t want me to photograph what’s going on in public, Officer

    • Budda September 12th, 2014 at 8:07 am


  11. William September 12th, 2014 at 12:33 am

    I do it whenever I am diverted into an OUI checkpoint, and I’m an ex cop. I don’t believe in annoying hundreds of people to catch one or two drunks. OUI details are usually funded by a federal grant, horribly overstaffed by time and a half hogs, and a complete waste of money. Standing on the side of the road HOPING a drunk driver comes to you is just bad police work.
    When I get ushered into one of these fiascos, I say three things.
    1. You have no right to detain me.
    2. I haven’t committed any crime or violation
    3. I am not going to answer any of your questions.
    If they don’t release me immediately I ask “Am I free to go”? That question opens up a whole new can of worms for the officer. I have my cell phone on record, and I simply refuse to talk to them.

  12. greenfloyd September 12th, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Let’s turn this around… what are the 2 pigs in a put-put afraid we’ll see? Found it interesting to note in the 3min 13sec that elapsed, we see 2 vans, presumably carrying “prisoners,” enter the “sally port.” There must be a crime wave in Fergus… oh! sorry, Jacksonville FL. Then again the van windows were heavily tinted and I didn’t see any people in them, so, perhaps the vans are actually loaded with drugs and cash… or it’s just another busy day about keeping everyone in their place and defending paychecks! Maybe the judge and cops are concerned because they know how their system works, how it depends on shielding it from public view. Hence the shakedown and “secure area” lie. Kudos to this intrepid, anonymous reporter for peacefully and politely standing their ground.

    On the other hand, here’s a couple of hopeful stories about police and what a difference Liberals can make!

    When Liberals Take Control of Police | East Bay Express

    Camden police force a model to the nation? – Video

    (I did not have the original URLs handy so these links go to my website which links to the content.)

  13. rg9rts September 12th, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Memo went down in the NYPD reminding the cops that they can’t interfere with filming