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Video Shows Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson Threatening Man Filming Him

In the 2013 video, Ferguson police officer says "I will lock your ass up" if man didn't stop filming the officer.

by Payton Guion
Nov 17 2014, 4:10pm

Photo via YouTube/milk bone

A video posted online November 14 shows Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, threatening a man who is recording him, prior to the man's arrest.

Michael Arman recorded a Ferguson police officer from what appears to be the front yard of a residence. Wilson is seen approaching Arman and is visibly annoyed by the presence of the video camera.

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"If you want to take a picture of me one more time, I'm gonna lock your ass up," Wilson is heard saying in the short video clip. Arman responds by saying "Sir, I'm not taking a picture. I'm recording this incident, sir."

Arman then asks Wilson if he has the right to record police activity — which he does, according to the American Civil Liberties Union — to which Wilson responds "No, you do not." The officer then appears to apprehend Arman as the video cuts off.

The incident shown in the video occurred in 2013, well before Wilson became a household name this summer when he shot and killed 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown.

A police report of the incident was filed by Wilson.

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According to the report, Wilson was at Arman's house to follow up on reports of "derelict" vehicles on the property. Ferguson courts issued a summons to Arman, the owner of the property, which Wilson was at the property to deliver.

The video was posted amid high tensions in Ferguson as a grand jury is set to announce a decision on whether Wilson should be indicted for the August 9 killing of Brown. Police maintain that Brown was acting aggressively and that Wilson responded correctly by shooting the teenager. Brown's family and some witnesses say that the boy was shot from a distance after he surrendered.

Brown's death this summer sparked violent protests in Ferguson, a majority-black suburb of St. Louis, which thrust race relations and policing tactics into the national spotlight. Ferguson police were criticized for using military-style tactics to control the protests.

The grand jury decision on Wilson is expected to come any day and Ferguson has been preparing itself for heavy protests should Wilson not be charged.

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