Pedicab driver arrested after pretending to videotape cops

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We know that some police officers don't appreciate being recorded in action, but apparently you can get arrested simply for looking as if you're videotaping them. Oskar Mosco (government name: Scott Myerson) was arrested last week after he held a videocamera up to two U.S. Park Police officers who were arresting a fellow pedicab driver in Washington, D.C.

When the cops arrested Tom Folkes, Mosco raised his new videocamera, which he says he didn't know how to use. Accounts diverge on what happened next. The police say Mosco refused to put his camera away and resisted arrest when they pressed the point; he says they threw him to the ground.

Another pedicab driver was actually recording the aftermath of that disputed incident, at the end of which Mosco lay on the ground bleeding. TBD reporter John Hendel (with whom I used to work) viewed that video, which the driver didn't want to share publicly. "It was very clear," the officer tells Mosco in the video Hendel watched. "You disobeyed every order I gave you and then you resisted arrest." The guy who did record the police: Not charged. || Related: Photojournalist sues cop, Suffolk County, N.Y., over right to videotape police

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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