Photographer in Viral Police Video Speaks Out
Photo: Video by IdahoOnYourSide.com
Video of a Boise traffic stop has gone viral. But it's not the traffic stop that's making waves, it is what happened when the officer noticed a man shooting it on video.
The man who shot the viral video is a photographer from Washington named Gavin Seim. He was on a road trip when he decided to roll his camera on a traffic stop.
Gavin was in the parking lot of a stinker store on Franklin. He says he was only exercising his rights when he decided to shoot the traffic stop. But the scene got tense when the officer said Gavin was interfering with her doing her job.
She asked Gavin for an I.D. and he refused.
"I’m concerned about this police state kind of mentality we see that seems to be brewing in America where you just do whatever police say regardless,” said Gavin. “ Just because a government official says you have to do something does not mean you have to do it."
And in the case of showing identification, Gavin is right.
You're not legally required to provide identification unless a police officer suspects you of a crime.
Then, Gavin says the police officer grabbed his arm to get his hand out of his pocket. An excerpt from the video goes:
Officer: "Seriously, I don't know what is in your-"
Gavin: "There’s nothing in my pocket. Hey! Do not touch me."
Officer: "Listen to me. I need to see some identification right now
Gavin says that crossed the line.
"If I reached out and grabbed an officer's arm and pulled on them for some reason I would figured I’d probably be in a morgue or behind bars right now," he said.
While Gavin has not filed a complaint...Boise police issued this statement about the incident:
“The Boise police department recognizes maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and integrity are essential to maintaining the public confidence necessary for and public and officer safety. As a department, we take the behavior of our officers and how they treat the public very seriously. We are aware of the video taken of an officer during a traffic stop and are conducting an internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.”
"What we have here is a classic case of a police officer trying to exert their authority because they don't like it that someone is standing up for themselves," Gavin said.